Bicycles are becoming more popular in Denver and throughout Colorado as a means of inexpensive transportation, a good form of exercise, and a great way to enjoy the outdoors and spend time with family and friends. Unfortunately, some drivers do not respect the rights of bicyclists to share our roads, or they do not pay enough attention to bicycles when driving, and therefore, cause accidents.
Car Strikes Bicycle Rider in Fatal Bicycle Accident
A man was struck by a car and killed November 9, 2015, according to the Brighton Police Department. The bicycle accident occurred while the bicyclist was riding in the 600 block of South Kunder Road. He was riding his bicycle southbound when a vehicle struck him from behind knocking him off the bicycle. He fell onto the vehicle before striking the road.
The bicyclist was unconscious at the scene of the accident and later died after being transported by ambulance to a local hospital. The driver of the vehicle did not stop at the scene of the accident.
This tragic incident reminds us of how deadly and serious bicycle accidents can be. It also reminds us of the number of bicycle accidents that occur in Colorado and throughout the United States.
Bicycle Accident Statistics
In 2013, 743 people were killed in bicycle accidents and another 48,000 were injured. This was the highest number of fatalities from bicycle accidents since 2006. It is estimated that the cost of bicycle injuries and fatalities is more than $4 billion each year. A report in 2012 revealed that bicycle-related accidents were expected to reach an all-time high in Denver.
Due to the interest in bicycling in Colorado, the Colorado Department of Transportation has a special program for bicyclists that provides safety information, resources, and bicycling maps. You can also get information about safe bicycling through Bicycle Colorado and Colorado’s bicycle laws and information in the Colorado Bicycling Manual.
What Should I Do if I Am Injured in a Bicycle Accident?
Immediately seek medical attention for your injuries—your health is your first priority. If possible, obtain the names and contact information of any witnesses, a copy of the police report with the driver’s name and information, keep your bicycle and other equipment as evidence, and contact my office to seek legal counsel regarding your claim.
Contact a Denver Bicycle Accident Attorney to Help You with Your Accident Claim
Contact the Law Offices of Dianne Sawaya to schedule a consultation to discuss the facts and circumstances of your bicycle accident. You should not bear the burden of another party’s reckless, careless, or negligent action. Regardless of whether you know the identity of the at-fault party who caused your bicycle accident, you may still be able to receive compensation for your losses, including medical bills, lost wages, physical pain, and mental anguish.
Do You Have More Questions about Bicycle Accidents and Personal Injury Claims?
If you have questions about Colorado’s bicycle laws, visit our bicycle and pedestrian accidents page to get more information from an experienced Denver bicycle accident attorney.