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Question & Answer: Motorcycle Accidents | Colorado Motorcycle Injury Attorney

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

Q: While I was riding my motorcycle, I was hit by a car that ran a red light. I was almost able to avoid the accident, and I wasn’t hurt as badly as I might have been, but I’m worried that because I wasn’t wearing a helmet my insurance company might not pay my claim. Will that make a difference?

A: In the state of Colorado, motorcycle riders over the age of 18 are not required to wear a helmet. Finding a lawyer that understands and has experience dealing with motorcycle accidents and injuries is beneficial when dealing with insurance companies. If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident due to the negligence of another driver and have questions concerning insurance disputes, contact a professional Colorado motorcycle injury attorney today.

 

Q: I was in a motorcycle accident a few weeks ago, which resulted in a stay in the hospital for some broken bones, a concussion, and some internal injuries. My insurance company has told me how much they will pay, and it won’t even come close to covering my medical bills. What can I do?

A: An insurance company is acting in bad faith when it does not cover their responsibilities as previously determined in the insurance policy. Denying claims unreasonably, delaying payments, failing to investigate claims in a timely manner, or manipulating the facts of a claim can be considered as acting in bad faith. If you believe your insurance company is acting in bad faith, contact a dedicated Denver motorcycle insurance lawyer to resolve your insurance dispute and get you the compensation you need to fully recover.

 

Q: I need an attorney after a motorcycle accident, and I’m not sure how to go about picking one. There are a million lawyer ads on tv, in the phone book, and the internet. How do I know who’s right for me?

A: First, make sure you choose an attorney that is specialized in your specific type of accident or injury. Then check with your Colorado State Bar to see if the attorney has any complaints that have been registered against him or her. And before choosing an attorney, compare the fees and expenses ahead of time to avoid any misunderstandings. Choosing the right attorney can take some of the stress off of you and your family members. An experienced Colorado motorcycle accident attorney can help you sort through the confusion, take any legal action that is required and get the compensation you rightly deserve.

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Fatalities in Two Denver Motorcycle Accidents – Denver Motorcycle Accident Attorney

Thursday, September 1st, 2011

According to the Denver Post, two people were killed in separate motorcycle accidents west of Morrison Wednesday morning,.  In the first incident, the driver of a motorcycle lost control on I-70, and a rider was thrown off and died.  A few minutes later, another motorcyclist, approaching the crash site from the west drove into the back of another vehicle and was killed.  The Colorado State Patrol has not released the names of the people involved, as their families have not been notified.

If you have been injured or lost a loved one in a motorcycle accident, you need a Denver personal injury attorney who specializes in motorcycle injuries.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there are over 4000 fatalities among motorcyclists each year.  The Governors Highway Safety Association indicates that about a third of motorcycle fatalities involve speeding, and over half of these accidents do not involve another vehicle. According to Sarasota motorcycle accident lawyer Jim Dodson, the results are always serious and, very often, tragic.  Sadly, each of these accidents leaves behind family members who may not be provided for.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a Denver motorcycle accident, you need a Denver motorcycle accident attorney who can fight to get you the compensation you deserve.  Wade Eldridge is an experienced Denver personal injury attorney who is a rider himself, and specializes in motorcycle injury law.  For more information, and a FREE CONSULTATION, contact our offices at (303)861-4222.

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5th Annual “Sleigh Riders Motorcycle Toy Run” – Denver Motorcycle Accident Attorney

Monday, December 13th, 2010

December 19th is the day for the 5th annual “Sleigh Riders Motorcycle Toy Run” in Greeley, Colorado. Staging for the motorcycle run will begin at Centennial Park at 11 a.m. and the ride will leave at 12:30 p.m. The riders will be carrying toys for Santa Cops of Weld County. Santa Cops of Weld County is a non-profit group of Weld County Sheriff’s Deputies, Greeley Police Officers   and local businesses who try to provide underprivileged children with small gifts on Christmas. The ride this year will be ten miles long with every intersection being controlled by police cruisers from the City of Greeley, Evans and Weld County Sheriffs.

Unfortunately most motorcycle riders are perceived as reckless and lawless. The fact of the matter is that most riders are law abiding citizens and often stand-outs of their communities. We would like to thank all the riders who participate in charity rides throughout the beautiful state of Colorado. Your gifts of care and time mean a lot to those that you help.

If you have been injured while riding your motorcycle, calling the right attorney is important. When you choose Denver motorcycle accident attorney Wade H. Eldridge, you put decades of experience in your corner. Mr. Eldridge is a longtime motorcycle rider as well as a Colorado attorney for Aid to Injured Motorcyclists (AIM).  At Wade H. Eldridge, PC, we combine this experience with a unique perspective on handling motorcycle injury cases. Contact Denver Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Wade H. Eldridge today for a free case evaluation. You may be entitled to recover compensation for medical expenses, property damage, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Call (303) 861-4222 today!

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Speeding Motorcyclist Collides With Car – Denver Motorcycle Accident Attorney

Monday, November 1st, 2010

A man speeding on a motorcycle was killed in Aurora Sunday afternoon after colliding with a car. The Denver Post is reporting that the accident happened just before 3:30 p.m. at the intersection of East Iliff Avenue and South Sable Boulevard. Police say that the motorcyclist was traveling more than 60 mph in a 40 mph zone when it collided with a Nissan Xterra that had turned into its path. The motorcyclist was pronounced dead at the scene.

Motorcycle rider fatalities have been on the rise for many years. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that 4,810 motorcyclists died in 2006. According to the Colorado Department of Transportation 90 riders and passengers were killed in motorcycle crashes in Colorado in 2007, the highest ever recorded (that averages almost 8 deaths every month).

Whether your motorcycle accident injuries are minor or a family member’s injuries ended their life, an experienced Denver motorcycle accident attorney can help you recover the damages you deserve. That could include lost wages, medical expenses, and pain and suffering. The insurance company representing the negligent party will push for a quick settlement. Don’t get backed into a corner. Call attorney Wade Eldridge today at (303)861-4222 for a free case consultation and the help that you deserve.

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Lakewood Man Dies in Motorcycle Crash – Denver Motorcycle Accident Attorney

Friday, September 10th, 2010

A 50-year-old man from Lakewood, Guy Petersen, has died from injuries sustained after his motorcycle collided with a pickup truck. According to The Denver Post, the driver of the pickup is a “Lakewood police officer who had just gotten off duty.” The accident occurred around 4 p.m. on Thursday afternoon at the intersection of West Mississippi Avenue and South Wadsworth Boulevard. The intersection is “extremely busy” at that time of day and there were several witnesses. At this time, the crash remains under investigation and the off duty officer has not been cited.

Riding motorcycles becomes more popular every year.  According to an article posted by the Insurance Information Institute, the rise in baby boomers reaching retirement has led to the increase in both the sales of motorcycles as well as the overall number of riders on the road. The sad fact associated with these numbers is that the overall number of fatal motorcycle accidents has also risen. In 2008, 5,290 people were killed in motorcycle accidents, the highest ever recorded number of fatalities in the US.

Nobody who rides a motorcycle expects to become another fatality statistic when they take up riding. Accidents, however, are a tragic part of riding. If you have lost a loved one to a motorcycle accident or you have been injured in an accident, you need to speak with a Denver Motorcycle Accident Attorney who has both the knowledge of law and the experience of a rider. Wade Eldridge has a passion for both and will work hard to find justice. For a free review of your case call his office today at (303) 861-4222.

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Two People Killed in Crash Identified – Denver Motorcycle Accident Attorney

Wednesday, September 1st, 2010

A rider and passenger killed in a motorcycle accident on August 22nd have been identified. The Denver Post has reported that the corner’s office released the names of the rider, Jeffery A. Clayburn, and his passenger, Rana Morrison-Classen, both from Aurora. The two were struck near the intersection of East Evans Avenue and South Pearl Street after the driver of a car “crossed a double yellow line to enter an alley.” The pair on the motorcycle were taken to Denver Health Medical Center where they died from their injuries. The woman who struck them “has been charged with two counts of careless driving resulting in death.”

It is critical for drivers to be on the lookout for other drivers, avoid distracting behavior and refrain from taking unnecessary risks. The results of the accident mentioned above are extreme but not out of the ordinary. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, motorcycle fatalities account for around 11% of all motor vehicle fatalities in a given year and a motorcycle owner is 5.5 times more likely to be killed in an accident than the owner of any other type of vehicle.

To lose a loved one to and accident is difficult. To lose a loved one to an accident that was the result of the carelessness of another driver is devastating. In a case like this, you need a competent and passionate Denver motorcycle accident attorney to assist with the legal details of your case. Wade Eldridge is a rider and an attorney and he his passionate about serving other riders and their loved ones. He understands the details of law from the perspective of a rider and he can offer you a free review of your case. Call his office today at (303) 861-4222.

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Fatal Motorcycle Crash in Jefferson County – Denver Motorcycle Accident Attorney

Monday, August 30th, 2010

The Denver Post has reported that the driver of a motorcycle that crashed on “U.S. Highway 285 near Goddard Ranch in Jefferson County” died at the scene of the accident. The accident involved another vehicle and shut down traffic in both directions temporarily. A Colorado State Patrol spokesman said that the driver was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident. The accident remains under investigation.

More and more people have taken up motorcycle riding in the last few years. An article posted by the Insurance Information Institute attributes the spike in new motorcycle riders to the number of older more affluent riders who have taken up riding. Unfortunately, the spike in new riders has also meant a spike in the number of accidents. The same article claims that the number of motorcycle accident fatalities reached its highest total in 2008 at 5,290.

A person who takes up motorcycle riding doesn’t plan on being a victim of a motorcycle crash. However, accidents are an inevitable part of life. If you have a loved one who has been injured or killed in a motorcycle accident, you need a Denver Motorcycle Accident Attorney to help you understand your legal options. Wade Eldridge is a rider and an attorney. He will put his knowledge of both to work for you. For a free consultation contact Wade Eldridge today at (303) 861-4222.

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Pilot Program Hopes to Reduce Fatal Motorcycle Accidents – Denver Motorcycle Attorney

Monday, August 16th, 2010

The owner of a biker bar in Evergreen has teamed up with a local non-profit, DRIVE SMART, as well as CDOT and the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department to launch a pilot program targeted at reducing fatal motorcycle accidents caused by drunk driving. Gary Mitchell, the owner of Cactus Jack’s Saloon, told 9News that he has lost three friends to motorcycle accidents over the last three years and wants to do something about it. Mitchell’s bar will be the first bar in the county to set aside a parking space for a pod, or shipping container, that will be used to lock up motorcycles. Any rider who has had too much to drink but would rather not leave their bike at the bar will be able to lock up their bike for free.

The same 9News article that reported the story on this pilot program reports that 40% of motorcycle fatalities in Colorado last year involved “a biker who had been drinking.” What’s more, Jefferson County, where the pilot program hopes to expand its biker bar pod program “is consistently one of the worst in the state when it comes to motorcycle fatalities.” The pod will be in the parking lot of Cactus Jack’s for the rest of the summer and DRIVE SMART hopes to setup pods in at least half-a-dozen biker bars by next summer.

Even without alcohol, motorcycle accidents occur. If you or someone you know has been injured in a motorcycle accident, you need an attorney who specializes in motorcycle accident cases. Wade Eldridge is a rider and an attorney and he will put his experience and knowledge of both to work for you. For a free consultation and review of your case contact Denver Motorcycle Attorney, Wade Eldridge, today at (303) 861-4222.

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Motorcycle Crash On I-25 Leaves One Dead and One Injured – Colorado Attorney

Friday, August 6th, 2010

9NEWS.com has reported that a “motorcyclist died and his passenger was injured” after a crash on I-25 in Larimer County on Thursday. The Colorado State Patrol does not believe drugs or alcohol played a role in the crash but a patch of uneven asphalt may have. After a lane change, which involved a move from concrete to new asphalt, the motorcyclist lost control and crashed into a guardrail. It was unclear whether either was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash. Though, one helmet was found at the scene. The injured passenger was taken to a local hospital and authorities are not certain of her injuries.

In 2006, 4,810 motorcyclists died in motorcycle accidents in the US. According to a USAtoday.com report, half “those killed lost control and crashed without colliding with another vehicle,” while nearly “42% of riders killed were not wearing helmets.” Serious riders are both aware of the dangers of riding as well as of the proper equipment needed to reduce the chance of serious injury.

If you or someone you know has been injured in a motorcycle accident, you need to speak to a knowledgeable and qualified Colorado Motorcycle Injury Lawyer who is a fellow rider, someone who understands your point-of-view.  Wade Eldridge is both a rider and a lawyer and he will put his experience and knowledge of both to work for you. For a free consultation of your case contact Wade Eldridge today at (303) 861-4222.

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Denver Motorcycle Accident Attorney, Wade Eldridge, Was Quoted in a CBS4 News Report – Denver Motorcycle Accident Attorney

Friday, July 23rd, 2010

Denver Motorcycle Accident Attorney, Wade Eldridge, was quoted in a CBS4Denver.com story investigating loud motorcycles and a 3-year-old Denver loud noise law. The “controversial” and rarely enforced law is an attempt to reduce noise emissions in the city and county of Denver. To date, only 46 tickets have been handed out to motorcycle riders for breaking the law. In comparison, police in Golden have handed out 81 tickets for noise violations in the last 6 months.

Wade Eldridge, who specializes in representing motorcycle riders in accident and insurance law cases and who is a rider himself, was quoted as saying: “I think it [the Denver loud noise law] was something the city council passed that they knew was unenforceable,” and suggested that “those who receive tickets in Denver or elsewhere” should demand trials.

If you have been injured in motorcycle accident or have a question or concern regarding motorcycle insurance law, you need an expert Denver Motorcycle Accident Attorney. Wade Eldrige brings both his experience as a lawyer and a unique perspective as a motorcycle enthusiast to his practice. Contact Wade Eldridge today at (303) 861-4222 for a free consultation and review of your case.

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