When this happens, any percentage of blame insurance companies place on the injured motorcyclist will be reduced from the amount the insurance company would pay if they did not attribute any fault. For example, Insurance Company X values the collision at $10,000 given the motorcyclist’s injuries, pain and suffering, and lost wages, but Insurance Company X believes the injured party is 20% at fault for the collision. In this case, Insurance Company X would only offer the injured party $8,000 (20% off of the $10,000). As a result, injured motorcyclists may not be able to collect enough money to cover their medical bills or to be compensated for lost income if this occurs without the help of an attorney.
Colorado Motorcycle Accident Attorney
How are Motorcycle Accidents Handled by Insurance Companies?
Following a motorcycle accident, injured bikers typically face an enormous challenge. Insurance providers have unjust prejudices toward motorcycle riders, which cause these providers to fight claims and force litigation. To limit their liability and protect their bottom line, insurance companies usually try to place part or all of the responsibility for the collision on the motorcyclist.
Colorado Motorcycle Laws
To operate their vehicle properly and guarantee the safety of others on the road, all motorcycle riders in Colorado must obey specific rules and regulations. On their website, the Colorado Department of Transportation lays forth clear rules for motorcycle riders in the state. Motorcycle drivers, as per the agency, must follow the same traffic regulations as other motor vehicles. Following traffic signals, coming to a complete stop at intersections, and honoring the right-of-way are all examples of these regulations.
If you are over the age of 18, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) does not require you to wear a helmet when operating or riding a motorbike, though we strongly recommend that all bikers wear a helmet. Any passengers or riders under the age of 18 must, however, wear a DOT-approved helmet. In addition to helmets, ALL drivers and passengers are required to wear eye protection, regardless of age. The best eye protection comes from visors on helmets, but goggles and eyeglasses with lenses made from safety glass or plastic are also acceptable.
Any violation of Colorado law can hurt or completely exclude your ability for recovery. Please contact our office for more information.
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The consequences of a motorcycle being struck by a vehicle can be disastrous. The motorcyclist may sustain life-threatening injuries that require months or years to recover due to the lack of protection from the collision. A motorcycle accident can be a physically and financially draining experience. You’ll need a diligent motorcycle accident lawyer from Tipton Law on your side if you want to receive maximum compensation for your injuries.