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According to a recent NHTSA report from 2014, deaths in motorcycle accidents occur 27 times more frequently than fatalities in other types of vehicles. Those numbers hold true in Colorado as well. In recent report by the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), 120,172 total vehicle crashes occurred in 2016, with 2,386 of these accidents involving motorcycles.
In Colorado, the number of motorcycles on the roadways is increasing. According to the Colorado Department of Revenue, 194,129 motorcycles were registered in Colorado in 2016. That number is higher than in 2012 when only 184,174 motorcycles were registered in Colorado.
Fatal motorcycle accidents in Colorado are also increasing. According to a report by the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), the number of motorcycle fatalities in Colorado was 125 in 2016. That figure represents a 15 percent increase in fatal motorcycle accidents from 2015.
What factors lead to serious injury and death in motorcycle accidents? Nearly one-third of riders who died in a motorcycle crash in 2014 were alcohol-impaired. In 2015, speeding was listed as a factor in more than 30% of motorcycle crashes. Other recent studies show that only 64% of motorcyclists use DOT-compliant motorcycle helmets in 2015 which is up from 60% in 2014.
Fatal motorcycle accidents in Colorado have also increased as a percentage of the total roadway fatalities to 20.6 percent. As a percentage of the total roadway fatalities, motorcycle fatalities were 16.7 percent in 2012.
NHTSA Tips on Motorcycle Safety - Visit the website of the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration to find tips on preventing motorcycle accidents including making themselves visible, using DOT-compliant motorcycle helmets, and to always riding sober. Find articles on sharing the road, cycle safety, being road ready, wearing the proper protection, being alcohol and drug-free.
Summary Chart of Key Provisions of State Motorcycle Safety Laws - Find a chart of key provisions of motorcycle safety laws in each state in the United States. The list is current as of July 17, 2013. According to the charge, Colorado has an age-specific helmet use law, helmet use requirements must meet FMVSS 218. Sanctions for failing to use a helmet include a fine of not more than $100 for a first offense. Eye protection is not required and no passenger restrictions are specified.
Recent Motorcycle Accidents in Denver - Visit the CBS Denver website for Channel 4 to find the most recent motorcycle accidents that occurred in Denver yesterday and today. Find accidents on I-70, I-25, I-76, US-6, US-85 S, US-24, and US-85 N.
Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month in May - The month of May if Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. The program educates the public about the best ways to share the road with motorcyclists and to be aware of their surroundings by using mirrors, using turn signals, and checking blind spots before changing lanes. The program also encourages riders to take a defensive driving course, wear protective gear and a helmet, and keep the bike in its best working condition.
If you were injured in a motorcycle collision in Denver, CO, then seek out the services of an experienced personal injury attorney to discuss your case. The most important thing you can do after seeking out the proper medical treatment is to contact an experienced personal injury attorney to discuss your case. The victim of a motorcycle accident only has a short window of time in which to file a lawsuit for damages.
Jennifer Donaldson represents clients injured in a motorcycle accident through the greater Denver area including Aurora, Centennial, Greenwood Village, Englewood, Lakewood, Golden, Arvada, and West Minister. She represents motorcyclist who suffered serious injuries on I-25 and other interstates in the greater Denver area.
Call us to find out what your case might be worth. Although the insurance company might make a quick settlement to minimize the payout, an attorney can help you get fair compensation for the true extent of your injuries so that you can make a full recovery.
This article was last updated on Friday, September 1, 2017.