California legislators commissioned a study to determine the reasonability of legalizing lane-splitting- with certain restrictions and guidelines- for motorcyclists. The comprehensive study, carried out by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, indicates that lane splitting might actually be safer for motorcyclists than not lane-splitting. (more…)
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Crash studies have shown that motorcyclists who wear helmets are 29% more likely to survive a motorcycle crash. In addition, they are 2.5x less likely to suffer a serious head injury, compared to those riders who opted not to ride with a helmet on. Yet, not everyone believes that motorcycle helmets are safe. Opponents of mandatory state motorcycle helmet laws say that helmets actually increase the rider’s risk of getting into a motorcycle crash. Why? They believe that they interfere with the rider’s ability to see and hear the surrounding traffic. But is this right? Are Motocycle Helmets Dangerous? (more…)
A significant number of motorcycle accidents are the result of defective motorcycle equipment. In far too many cases, a police report will put the blame for an accident on the motorcyclist rather than a defectively designed or manufactured motorcycle. Some of the most common types of defective motorcycle claims involve: (more…)
Receiving an injury in a motorcycle accident can be a major disruption to your daily routine and your entire lifestyle. If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, you are, no doubt, curious about the value of your insurance claim or personal injury lawsuit. The truth is, it is nearly impossible to say for certain, due to the number and case-specificity of factors involved in determining such a figure. That being said, this article attempts to outline the primary aspects that affect the value of a motorcycle accident case. (more…)
The majority of motorcycle accident fatalities occur because of head injury, yet the state of Colorado only requires that drivers and passengers under the age of 18 wear a DOT approved helmet. Regardless of the law, all Colorado motorcyclists should wear a helmet. Why? By wearing a helmet, you drastically lower your chances of severe injury and/or death. In fact, in 2011, the NHTSA estimated that motorcycle helmets saved over 1600 lives. (more…)
A 37-year-old motorcyclist has died after a crash with a car in Colorado Springs, according to the Gazette. The accident happened late in the evening in Fountain at the intersection of Fontaine Blvd and Fountain Mesa Rd. A Hyundai Accent made a left turn off of Fontaine, in front of a Harley Davidson motorcycle that was traveling the opposite direction on Fontaine. The motorcycle collided with the car in the intersection, and the rider was taken to Memorial Hospital. The rider was wearing a helmet, but died from his injuries. The 20-year-old man who was driving the car was not injured. It is not clear who was at fault in the accident.
Have you lost a loved one in a tragic motorcycle accident? Speak with an experienced Pueblo motorcycle accident attorney as soon as possible to discuss your options.
Each year, about 4,000 motorcyclists are lost in crashes across the country. Everyone who rides is aware of the potential danger. Many motorcycle crashes are single vehicle accidents, involving a rider losing control, often due to excessive speed. However, too often motorcycle accidents are caused by drivers of cars and trucks who simply don’t see the bike. A left turner who cuts off a motorcycle or a lane changer who doesn’t see the bike riding in the other lane are things that every rider knows. It is important for riders to always be aware of the possible dangers that cars present. Of course, it is equally important for the drivers of those cars to be aware of their surroundings, and remember how damaging an accident can be to a motorcyclist.
Speak with experienced Pueblo wrongful death attorney Mickey Smith today to discuss your options if you or a loved one have been seriously injured or killed in a motorcycle accident. Mickey has helped countless Coloradans to protect their rights and recover compensation for injuries caused by the negligent or reckless actions of other people. He understands how difficult it is for an injured motorcyclist to protect his or her rights, and is ready to speak with you about your case. Mickey is a dedicated Pueblo personal injury attorney who may be able to help you recover compensation for medical bills, property damage, lost wages, and more. For more information and a FREE CONSULTATION, call Mickey today at (719)544-0062 or fill out and submit the contact form on this website.
The 13th annual Blue Thunder Motorcycle Run, honoring the memories of fallen police officers, was held along the front range, according to CBS Denver. The run, which began in honor of Douglas County Deputy Ron King, who was killed in the line of duty in 1999, raised money for Englewood Police officer Jeremy Bitner, who died after being struck by a suspected drunk driver while engaged in a traffic stop in May. Each year, dozens of motorcyclists, many of them law enforcement officers themselves, ride along the front range in an effort to raise money for the families of lost officers, and to increase awareness of the dangers police officers face every day, particularly motorcycle patrol officers. One of the goals of the ride is to attract more riders each year; over 100 participated this year.
Have you lost a loved one in a motorcycle crash? Contact a dedicated Pueblo motorcycle crash lawyer as soon as possible to discuss your options.
Over 4,500 motorcyclists are killed in traffic accidents every year, based on data reported by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Motorcycles represent a disproportionately high percentage of traffic fatalities when compared to total vehicle miles driven, which is due to a combination of factors. Certainly, there is no question that when riding a motorcycle, one is both less visible in traffic than a larger car or truck, and more vulnerable to serious injury or death in the event of a crash. It is extremely important for motorcyclists to be aware of their surroundings at all times, but also for drivers of cars and trucks to keep an eye out for smaller vehicles such as motorcycles and bicycles at all times.
If you have lost a loved one in a motorcycle crash, contact a compassionate, dedicated Pueblo motorcycle crash lawyer immediately to discuss your options. Mickey Smith has helped countless people in Pueblo and the surrounding area to recover compensation for medical bills, property damage and loss of wages after serious injury accidents, including fatal crashes. When you have lost a family member, no one can return what you have lost, but if your loved one was taken away from you by another person’s recklessness or negligence, Mickey can help ensure that person takes responsibility for his or her actions. Someone else’s negligence should never cause you financial hardship on top of your grief. For more information and a FREE CASE EVALUATION contact Mickey today at (719)544-0062.
A 52-year-old man died Tuesday when the scooter he was riding rear-ended an SUV. The Denver Post is reporting that the fatal accident happened around 4:20 p.m. in the 900 block of East 4th Street in Pueblo. The victim was driving his scooter when he was unable to slow down and lost control of the scooter. The scoter went down and slid about 30 feet into the back of an SUV. The man, who was not wearing a helmet, was taken to the hospital where he died a short time later.
According to the Colorado State Patrol, in 2008, 548 people in Colorado were killed in motor vehicle involved crashes. Of the 548 fatalities, 42 were pedestrians, 83 were motorcyclists and 56 were semi-truck involved.
If you or someone you love is injured in an automobile accident, it is important to contact an experienced Pueblo car accident attorney immediately. Compensation may be needed to pay for medical expenses, rehabilitation, lost wages and emotional pain and suffering. No matter what type of accident you were involved in, a Pueblo personal injury attorney can help navigate you through the entire legal process, so you can focus on more important things. Call the Pueblo Personal Injury Law Office of Mickey M. Smith today at (719) 544-0062 for a free consultation.
The driver of a trash truck has been cited by Pueblo police for “careless driving causing bodily injury” after the driver pulled out in front of a motorcycle causing the motorcycle to collide into the truck. According to The Pueblo Chieftain, the motorcyclist, who was not wearing a helmet, was taken to Parkview Medical Center “suffering serious bodily injury and a broken jaw.”
The article mentioned above was quick to point out that the motorcyclist was not wearing a helmet. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, nearly 96,000 people were injured in motorcycle accidents in the US in 2008. Many of these injuries involved serious head and brain injuries, which were the result of riders failing to wear helmets. Head and brain injuries can leave a person with months of recovery and sometimes a lifetime’s worth of side effects. It is important for riders to realize the dangers of riding without a helmet and to take proper precautions whenever going for a ride.
If you or someone you love has been injured in a motorcycle accident, it is important to obtain an experienced Pueblo Motorcycle Accident Attorney to review your case. An attorney at the offices of Mickey W. Smith can assist you throughout the legal process. Contact us today at (719) 544-0062 for a free consultation and review of your case.
According to the Longmont Times Call, a fatal Colorado motorcycle accident occurred in Boulder County on Monday. The motorcycle accident took place at N 73rd street and Nimbus Road. A Colorado motorcyclist was attempting to make a left turn onto Nimbus road when it was struck head-on by a 2001 Isuzu Rodeo. The motorcyclist was ejected from his motorcycle and pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. According to police, the driver of the Rodeo simply did not see the motorcyclist and ran into the unsuspecting biker.
Failure to notice an oncoming motorcycle is one of the most common ways motorcyclists are injured every year. In fact, according to the 1981 Hurt Report, the majority of motorcycling accident occurred at intersections when motorcyclists were turning left and were unnoticed by oncoming traffic. (source)
If you or someone you love is injured or killed in a Colorado motorcycling accident, you will need an experienced Colorado motorcycle accident attorney on your side. At the Pueblo injury law firm of Mickey W. Smith, our compassionate motorcycle accident attorneys will assist you throughout the entire legal process, so you can focus on your recovery. Call the Pueblo injury law firm of Mickey W. Smith today at (719)544-0062 for a FREE CONSULTATION.