Denver Bicycle Accident Lawyers
Protecting Accident Victims & Their Families
Brian Weiss has represented more than sixty bicycle riders who were injured in auto accident collisions.
If you have been injured on your bike, hire an attorney who is also a cyclist.
Brian Weiss has consistent and proven results for his clients. In fact, he has combined verdicts and settlements for satisfied clients that exceed $5.5 Million Dollars over the last three years.
We know all too well what it feels like to get harassed or even run off the road by insensitive motorists. Many of our closest friends are cyclists and we have represented them in bicycle accidents throughout Colorado.
Whether you’ve been doored, T-boned, rear-ended, right-hooked, left-hooked or even thrown from your bike by a road not fit for ordinary travel, we have the experience to help.
We work to make Denver and other cities in Colorado safer for bicyclists.
Pedestrian and bicycle traffic “account for about 14 percent of roadway fatalities, despite being only 10 percent of all trips”
In addition to the need to improve livability and mobility, the United States has room for improvement on safety for nonmotorized traffic. According to the most recent U.S. National Household Travel Survey (2001), about 1 percent of all travel trips are by bicycle, with around 9 percent on foot. And yet in 2008 more than 5,000 pedestrians and bicyclists were killed on U.S. roadways. Thus, walking and bicycling account for about 14 percent of roadway fatalities, despite being only 10 percent of all trips. The 630 cyclist deaths in 2009 accounted for 2 percent of all traffic fatalities during the year.
Bicyclists have rights and responsibilities on the road.
Anyone who has spent time bicycling in Colorado has probably experienced the spine-tingling fear A client’s damaged bike showing the crunch Brian was able to recover the damaged bike in the lawsuit settlement. of a passing motorist who comes too close for comfort. Have you ever been buzzed by a car that gets too close to you when you are riding your bike on the road? As cyclists in Colorado for many years, we know that experience of cars getting too close for comfort. Brian has been hit by side view mirrors when cars fail to leave enough space for the bike riders – so this particular hazard is of great concern to Brian personally.
Fortunately, a 2009 Colorado law gives cyclists more room on the roads. This new bicycle law gives cyclists a three-foot cushion when cars pass bikes on the road. There are other provisions in the new law which give protection to cyclists as well. The new law becomes effective on August 5, 2009.
The 2009 law can be found in the Colorado statutes at section 42-4-1002, on the Colorado Legislature Site under Senate Bill 09-148.
Senate Bill 09-148, effective August 5, 2009, is the latest step toward gearing a safer city for cyclists. The impact of the bill, which elucidates appropriate motorist and cyclist behavior, is beginning to be seen across the Valley, as children, commuters and athletes assert their presence on the roads.
Local bicycle attorney Brian Weiss believes the law will provide causes of action that would otherwise be unavailable to a cyclist in legal proceedings, and expects claims under the new law to be forthcoming. “After a man I represented was hit by a car, the insurer for the car made a claim against my client for $3,000 in damage to the car. Although the new law was not yet in effect, I argued that drivers should give three feet to cyclists to be safe. The case eventually settled in a favorable manner for my client.”
This 2009 bicycle law provides more safe and bike-friendly rules for bicycles and cars on public roads.
Here are the key provisions of the 2009 Colorado bicycle law:
The law gives drivers more flexibility to safely pass a bicyclist by allowing them to cross the center line when it is safe to do so.
The law gives bicyclists the ability to ride as far right as is safe. Also, on one-way roads with more than one lane, bicyclists may also ride as far left as is safe.
MORE THAN ONE RIDER
The law clarifies that bicyclists may pass one another or ride side-by-side if they are not impeding the normal flow of traffic.
The law makes throwing any object, such as a beer can, at a bicyclist a misdemeanor crime, and also makes driving towards a bicyclist in a dangerous manner a careless driving offense.
Many bicyclists get attacked or harassed by a dog while riding.
Many Colorado municipalities have “leash laws.” If a dog enters the roadway or a bike path, you may be able to recover if a violation of the leash law has occurred. This is true even if a dog does not make contact with your bicycle. Further, if the dog owner knew or should have known that his dog routinely or previously left its yard or the owners control and ran in front of your bike on the roadway then you also may be able to make a recovery.