What Type of Motorcycle Accident Are You Dealing With?
After your crash, we can demand compensation for you
Motorcycles getting hit by cars and trucks is a growing problem in Colorado Springs. More than 100 bikers die in fatal accidents every year statewide.
At The Longo Law Firm, LLC, we believe those statistics are alarming. Motorcycles make up less than 5 percent of the vehicles on Colorado streets, yet bikers account for about 20 percent of roadway fatalities.
There are many ways in which a negligent driver can seriously injure a biker in a motorcycle accident. How you were injured could influence your insurance claim.
Maybe you were rear-ended while enjoying The Black Forest scenery or were hit by a door on your way to an East Boulder Street restaurant. Suddenly, you're injured, in pain, likely out of work and watching the bills pile up.
The stakes are high after a motorcycle accident. Your health and financial well-being could be hanging in the balance. Motorcycle accident lawyer Stephen Longo is serious about getting accident victims the compensation they deserve. When attorney Longo fights for your rights, it’s with the full fire power of an evidence-based strategy designed to win you maximum compensation.
If you were hurt in an accident, The Longo Firm, LLC, offers free case consultations to potential clients. We are ready to hear about your case.
Types of motorcycle accidents
Crashes can be caused by a variety of factors, but some are more common than others. Do any of these common crash types match your experience?
- Head-on collision. This serious accident type occurs when two vehicles collide head-to-head. This can happen when a car crosses the yellow line into oncoming traffic, changing lanes, or while making a left-turn. The West Cimarron Street intersection at I-25 is notorious for these types of crashes.
- Left-hand turn. Car and truck drivers are notoriously bad at noticing motorcyclists on the road, which is why left-hand turn accidents are so common. In this type of crash, another vehicle turns into the path of an oncoming motorcycle.
- Side-impact. These wrecks happen most often when a car or truck changes lanes without realizing there is a motorcycle already in that space.
- Intersection. Many motorcycle accidents happen at intersections. Drivers that don’t come to a full stop at an intersection, red light or stop sign are often to blame for the damage. When drivers only makes a quick sweep of the intersection with their eyes, they’re not looking for motorcycles – they’re looking for other large vehicles like theirs. This greatly increases the risk for motorcycle accidents at a crossroad.
- Speeding. The faster a car is going when it hits you, the more serious the injuries and property damage. Speeding leads to some of the most violent crashes on I-25, and state highways 21 and 115.
- Alcohol or drug impairment. A drunk or high driver increases the risk to others when they get behind the wheel. Because motorcycles don’t offer the enclosed protection of cars and trucks, bikers are particularly vulnerable to getting hit by someone who is under the influence of alcohol or other drugs.
- Road hazards. Accidents caused by unexpected things in the road like a patch of gravel, full garbage bag, or blown tire rubber can happen to anyone. Although an experienced rider is more likely to avoid crashing due to a sudden change in the road, sometimes there is no avoiding people who are careless with their cargo and vehicles. Natural conditions can also cause these accidents, like blind turns, deep puddles, and fallen branches.
- Rear-end. It doesn’t take much force for a car to knock a biker off a motorcycle. Even a “tap” or “fender bender” on the rear wheel of a bike can send a rider flying. These accidents are most likely when a stop is required at a traffic light, intersection, pedestrian crossing or sudden roadway hazard.
- Dooring. It’s concerning how many people don’t know about this type of avoidable accident. A dooring is when the door of a stopped motor vehicle swings out into on-coming traffic. On many streets, there is little room between where cars are parked along the side of the road and moving traffic. Doorings often occur on streets like N. Tejon Street and Colorado Avenue.
Available on your terms, focused on your results
If you were hurt in any type of motorcycle accident, you are most likely entitled to financial compensation for a variety of losses. You may be able to recover money for medical treatment and equipment, lost wages, mental anguish, lowered quality of life, diminished future earnings and motorcycle repairs.
The Longo Firm, LLC, gives free case reviews to motorcycle accident victims and their loved ones. In these sessions, we will listen to you describe the accident and what you need to make a full recovery. Then, we’ll talk about the best legal strategies for your particular claim.
Attorney Longo often takes cases on contingency, which means we are only paid when we win. Our fee is calculated into your settlement or verdict and paid for by the insurance companies.
While some lawyers increase their fees if a claim needs to go to trial, we at The Longo Firm, LLC, think this is wrong. A deal is a deal. We stick to our word. We will fight hard for you whether it's across the negotiating table from an insurance company or against their lawyers in court.
Contact a member of our legal team to schedule a free case review and take a major step toward winning your claim today.