Experienced Bicycle Accident Lawyer
Serving Denver & the Greater Colorado Area for Three Decades
Colorado is home to some of the world’s most scenic high-altitude drives and byways, luring bicyclists to its hundreds of miles of scenic roadways.
A state with one of the lowest obesity rates in the nation as well as a strong outdoor activity culture, bicycle riding on Colorado’s public roadways is very common. Some of the state’s most scenic and popular biking routes include Mount Evans Road, Trail Ridge Road, Independence Pass, Peak to Peak Scenic and Historic Byway, and Loveland Pass.
But those beautiful Colorado routes can turn deadly if motorists and cyclists don’t obey the law. There are numerous safety precautions in place that everyone sharing the road should follow. However, bicycle accidents are still all too common, and many cyclists don’t know their rights when in an accident. Before you talk with the other party’s insurance company, give me a call.
If you’ve been injured in a bicycle accident in Colorado, contact me for a free consultation at (303) 454-8000 or toll-free at (800) ROSEN-911, or by filling out the form on the right.
Below you’ll find helpful information that both cyclists and motorists should be aware of while sharing the road.
Bicycle Accident Facts & Resources
In 2010, 618 lives were lost in bicycle/motor vehicle accidents in the U.S, and eight bicyclists were killed in Colorado that same year. Although there has been a 25 percent reduction in bicyclist deaths between 1995 and 2010 across the nation, BicyclingInfo.org reports that only 10 percent of bicycle crashes causing personal injury are actually recorded by police.
Avoid Taking Risks When Bicycling
The risk of riding a bicycle depends upon many things, including time of day (night time is more dangerous than during daylight), the experience level of the rider, the location of the ride, other motorists on the road, fatigue, and alcohol/drug use.
The Bicycle Colorado website directs bicyclists to:
- Never ride against traffic
- Ride single file on curved canyon roads without bike lanes or shoulders
- Use hand signals to indicate right or left turns, slowing or stopping
- Use a headlight, taillight, and reflectors when biking at night
- Never assume that motorists see them or that they have the right of way
- Wear appropriate gear including helmet, glasses, and gloves
- Always expect the unexpected.
Colorado Bicycle Safety Act
The Colorado Bicycle Safety Act went into effect in August 2009, helping to clarify the law regarding the responsibilities of both the motorists and the cyclists on the state’s roads.
- The first section of the statute addresses a safe passing distance, requiring motorists to allow at least three feet of space when passing a bicyclist, allowing motorists to cross the centerline to make sure that the required distance can be achieved.
- Another provision of the Act allows bicyclists to ride side-by-side, moving to single file when a vehicle is approaching.
- The law also permits bicyclists to ride as far right in the right-hand lane as is safe, taking care to avoid hazards like parked cars and potholes.
- The Act also allows cyclists to ride on the far left or far right on a one-way street, a safety measure especially important when cyclists are preparing to turn left and need to avoid crossing several lanes of traffic to make their turn.
- Section 5 of the Act makes it illegal for motorists to threaten, crowd, swerve at, or throw things at bicyclists.
Bicycle Helmet Laws
Bicycle helmets are the most effective protection of the head and brain when a cyclist is involved in an accident. According to BikeKidShop.com, approximately 85% of all head injuries resulting from cycling accidents can be prevented simply by wearing a helmet when cycling. Although many cyclists believe that they are too experienced to require a helmet, the fact is that there have been 51,000 deaths related directly to bicycling accidents since the year 1932 in the U.S., and 95% of those cyclists were not wearing helmets at the time of the accident. A helmet is a simple, effective way to ensure that cycling stays entertaining and safe.
There is no federal law in the U.S. that requires bicycle helmets to be worn, and no state has a universal bicycle helmet law. Twenty-one states and the District of Columbia have statewide bicycle helmet laws that apply to young riders under 16. Fourteen states, including Colorado, have no statewide or local helmet laws.
Share and Share Alike
Bicyclists in Colorado have the same right to be on the road as cars and trucks, and that is not likely to change. Motorists and cyclists both have a responsibility to share the road lawfully, equitably, and most importantly, safely.
Contact Colorado Bicycle Accident Lawyer Daniel R. Rosen
If you or a loved one has been injured in a bicycle accident anywhere in Colorado, the fastest way to find out if you have a case is to schedule a free consultation with me.
Just fill out the form on the right, or call our Denver office at (303) 454-8000 or toll-free at (800) ROSEN-911.
At the Law Offices of Daniel R. Rosen, it’s our goal to get you through your bicycle accident claim as quickly and smoothly as we can. I personally handle every single case that comes across my desk, and I have three decades of experience handling accident and injury cases.