Motorcycle injuries often range from extremely serious to catastrophic. Without the benefit of a protective frame or seatbelt, motorcyclists often take a direct strike during a crash.
Worse, many drivers have an unfair bias against motorcyclists, which often leads to road rage collisions, traffic violations, and serious injuries.
At Zaner Harden Law, we stand up for people who seem to have the odds stacked against them. As formidable leaders and relentless advocates, we’re proud to represent injured Coloradans against the modern-day Goliaths of the insurance industry.
Our experienced lawyers are ready to help you fight the insurance company, in or out of court and earn the compensation you deserve. Call (720) 613-9706 now to schedule your no-cost, no-obligation consultation.
There’s a reason we don’t say “get yourself and your bike to a safer location.” After the crash, leave your motorcycle where it is and find a safe spot away from the road to call the police and check yourself for injuries.
The most important thing to do is to remove yourself from harm’s way, and staying on or beside your bike is not safe.
Fight the urge to remove your helmet and other safety gear until – and only until – you’re away from the scene of the crash in a safe location. In a serious crash, keep on your safety gear until emergency services arrive. Adrenaline may mask injuries that could become more serious by hastily removing your helmet or boots.
Steps 1-3 will ideally occur within minutes of each other, so as soon as you get to a safer location, call or have someone else call 911. Ask for a police officer and an ambulance, even if you don’t think you’re seriously hurt. Adrenaline can mask injuries, and you don’t want to be alone without medical attention when symptoms do appear.
When the police officer arrives, tell them your side of the story. Explain what you saw and heard in the moments leading up to the crash. The officer will create a report that will be invaluable to your case.
Police reports cannot be used as evidence in court, but they can be used in support of your story when meeting with insurance.
If and only if it’s safe to do so, gather evidence from the scene in support of your story. Evidence is crucial in motor vehicle accidents, especially in motorcycle crashes where insurance companies often have an unfair bias against bikers.
Take photos of the crash scene, including damage to your bike, stop lights and traffic signs, and any indicators of reckless driving (skid marks, damaged signs and fences, etc.)
Actually, the most important piece of evidence is your medical bills and notes from your doctor about follow-up care. As soon as you can, visit an Urgent Care or your primary care physician, even if you had to go to the emergency room.
The fact that you’ve visited at least one medical professional will help support your case and improve your chances for financial recovery. Make sure you hold on to all medical bills, invoices, and statements that you receive.
You can call an attorney at any point, but we’ve made this the last step because it’s the least physically urgent. The priority is getting the medical care you need and gathering evidence at the scene that will disappear in a matter of hours.
But once the dust settles, waste no time speaking with a lawyer. Zaner Harden Law offers no-cost, no-obligation consultations, so you have absolutely nothing to lose by giving us a call. If you have a case, we’ll fight relentlessly on your behalf for full compensation that can pay your medical bills, lost income, and more. Call (720) 613-9706 now for your free consultation.
You have the right to pursue compensation from the driver(s) who caused the accident that led to your injuries. Depending on the facts of your case, you may be able to recover compensation for:
At Zaner Harden Law our team of Denver motorcycle accident attorneys is committed to making certain that the victims of motorcycle accidents and their families get what they need and deserve in the wake of a wreck.
After a motorcycle accident and injury, it is vital to find out who or what caused the accident–keeping in mind that more than one party could be responsible for the collision.
Colorado is a comparative fault state. That means that even if you were partially at fault for the motorcycle accident, you can still collect a percentage of the compensation, based proportionally on how responsible you were for the crash and how responsible other parties were for the crash.
If you were injured in a motorcycle accident, call now to speak with an experienced Denver motorcycle accident lawyer. Our attorneys are here to help.
In order to minimize your chances of a motorcycle accident or motorcycle accident injury, as well as to avoid traffic violations, it is important to follow all Colorado motorcycle laws. While motorcycle riders are generally asked to follow the same rules of the road as other vehicles, there are a few specific laws that pertain only to them:
While bikers must follow the rules of the road, it’s just as important for other drivers to respect motorcyclists’ right to ride. Learn more about your rights as a motorcyclist in Colorado.
Specifically, motorcyclists may suffer from the following injuries after a crash:
These injuries can be painful, stressful, and expensive. Some can lead to permanent disabilities and some may even be fatal. If you or someone you love has been injured or killed in a motorcycle accident in Colorado, and someone else was at fault, call our Denver motorcycle accident lawyers today.
It’s a big misconception that the vast majority of motorcycle accidents are the fault of reckless motorcyclists who don’t ride by the rules. In fact, motorcycle riders are only at fault in about 50 percent of motorcycle-car collisions. What are the most common causes of motorcycle wrecks?
Once you’ve recovered and are ready to get back on the road, make sure to review 4 tips for avoiding motorcycle accidents.
If you were injured in a motorcycle accident, or if your loved one has been killed in a motorcycle accident in Colorado, it is imperative to know why the crash occurred and who is responsible for its consequences. Be sure to note, at-fault parties may not be who they seem.
Motorcycle accident and injury cases are different than other traffic accident cases: motorcycle collisions have different common causes, different common injuries, and different liable parties. It is important that your Denver, CO motorcycle lawyer is intimate with these differences.
At Zaner Harden Law, our team of Denver motorcycle accident lawyers has specific experience with motorcycle accident and injury cases as well as motorcycle wrongful death cases. To schedule a private, free consultation with one of our attorneys today, please contact our office at (720) 613-9706.
Back in the spring I got into a pretty serious wreck on my motorcycle. A Kia took a left turn right in front of me and I didn’t have a chance. I was hospitalized for 2 weeks (1 week in ICU) for 8 broken ribs, a collapsed lung, lacerated liver, and cracked sternum. After initial recovery (I’m sooooo lucky) I am now faced with shoulder surgery and possible knee surgery. While in ICU, my parents got in touch with Kurt Zaner based on his history with helping motorcycle riders. That night he personally came to my ICU room and met with me and my family. And he and his staff have not left my side since. I know Zaner Harden Law takes care of many different cases. But, if you ride motorcycles and, God forbid, something has happened to you, Kurt Zaner and his team truly understand the ins and outs of motorcycles injury cases. Thank you, Kurt, Monica, and all the folks at Zaner Harden Law that worked hard on my case. It has been great getting to know you and I can’t express how much my family and I appreciate all that you’ve done for us.