Motorcyclists are among the most vulnerable people on Colorado roads. The nature of motorcycles means that any accident is much more likely to lead to catastrophic injuries for a motorcyclist than for occupants of cars or trucks. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, safety features in modern cars and trucks have led to a decline in the number of fatalities in traffic accidents, but at the same time the number of fatal motorcycle accidents has risen.
A motorcyclist was killed recently on a Denver roadway when police said a car crashed into the motorcycle in a hit-and-run accident. Police said the car driver may have been intoxicated at the time of the crash. He has been charged with vehicular homicide, as well as violating Colorado's hit-and-run statute.
The motorcyclist was an airman at Buckley Air Force Base. A spokesperson at the base said that the man had joined the Air Force in 2011 and had been stationed at Buckley since 2012.
Many motorcycle accidents are caused by car or truck drivers who fail to see the smaller vehicles until it is too late. These accidents are especially common at intersections. Accidents of this type might not lead to serious injury if they involved only cars, but they can easily lead to severe injuries or death when one of the vehicles is a motorcycle.
Under Colorado law, when a motorcyclist has been injured due to another driver's negligence, the injured may be compensated for medical expenses and other damages through a personal injury lawsuit. In the case of a fatal accident, the victim's family may be compensated through a similar legal action known as a wrongful death lawsuit.
Because the injuries involved in a motorcycle accident are so often severe, the damages in these cases are likely to be significant. A Colorado attorney with experience in these technically and emotionally difficult cases can help the injured or their families to understand the process and their legal options for getting the compensation they deserve.
Source: Aurora Sentinel, "Buckley Airman Killed In Denver Crash," Brandon Johansson, April 10, 2014