Our beautiful weather makes the state of Colorado particularly suited to bicycles as a mode of transportation, not only for recreational purposes but for commuting to work and running errands. Bicycles are energy efficient and provide many health benefits, including stress reduction. Bicycles do not contribute to air pollution and traffic congestion. Additionally, bicycles are cost effective to purchase and maintain. But, along with the benefits of riding a bike in Denver, Colorado, there are safety hazards that must be recognized. In statistics provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were 630 bicyclist deaths in 2009 and additional 51,000 were injured. In Colorado, there have been 12 bicyclists who died in a crash with a motor vehicle.

Bicycle Crash Facts:

  • 70 percent of bicycle fatalities occurred in urban areas
  • 48 percent of bicycle fatalities occurred between the hours of 4 p.m. and 11:59 p.m.
  • The average age of a bicyclist killed in a crash is 29
  • 87 percent of bicyclists killed in 2009 were male
  • 80 percent of bicyclists injured were male
  • Alcohol usage (by either the driver of the motor vehicle or the bicyclist) was a factor in 40 percent of bicyclists fatalities

Although there are laws to protect and govern bicyclists on Colorado roadways; there are still reckless and negligent drivers of motor vehicles that put bicyclists at risk of injury or even death. Typically, because a bicyclist has very little protection in the event of a crash, their injuries can be devastating. Bicycle crash victims can suffer traumatic brain injury, broken bones, and even death. Brain injuries can be especially expensive since these types of injuries can be permanent and require a lifetime of treatment. The experienced bicycle accident lawyers at the Bendinelli Law Firm can be your advocate as you fight for compensation for your injuries, including medical bills, pain and suffering and lost wages. There are precautions a bicyclist can take to reduce the chances of an accident and to give themselves some protection in the event that they are involved in a crash with a motor vehicle. Wearing a helmet is one of the simplest and most effective ways a bicyclist can protect themselves from a traumatic brain injury and possibly death. Although almost 70 percent of bicycle fatalities involve head injuries, only about 20 to 25 percent of bicyclists wear helmets. Wearing a helmet has been effective in alleviating 85 to 88 percent of brain and head injuries.

More Bicycle Safety Tips

  • Bicyclists are required to observe the same traffic laws as motor vehicles, including obeying traffic signals, traffic signs, and lane markings
  • When traveling on a roadway, bicyclists must ride in the same direction as traffic
  • Since bicyclists and drivers of motor vehicles share the roadways, be courteous and aware of bicyclists that may be around you
    • Allow at least three feet of clearance when passing a bicycle
    • Confirm that there are no bicycles in your blind spots before making either left or right turns
    • Check for bicycles when opening car doors or pulling out of a parking space
  • Bicyclists should increase their visibility by wearing bright, fluorescent clothing
  • At night, bicyclists should use a front light and a red reflector or flashing rear light, and use reflective tape on their clothing and equipment.

Although there are laws to protect and govern bicyclists on Colorado roadways; there are still reckless and negligent drivers of motor vehicles that put bicyclists at risk of injury or even death. Typically, because a bicyclist has very little protection in the event of a crash, their injuries can be devastating. Bicycle crash victims can suffer traumatic brain injury, broken bones, and even death. Brain injuries can be especially costly since these types of injuries can be permanent and require a lifetime of treatment. The experienced Denver bicycle accident lawyers at the Bendinelli Law Firm can be your advocate as you fight for compensation for your injuries, including medical bills, pain and suffering and lost wages. The bicycle accident attorneys at The Bendinelli Law Firm have the understanding, knowledge and experience necessary for these challenging cases. We tell our clients- we want you to concentrate on the important things: recovering from your injuries and returning to your day-to-day life, while our attorneys take care of the complicated legal issues and deal with the insurance company. Put our experience to work for you and contact us today for your confidential and free initial consultation.