What Are Your Rights as a Motorcyclist in Fort Collins?
Drivers should treat motorcycles no differently than any other vehicle they encounter on the road. Unfortunately, too many car and truck drivers in Fort Collins and other areas of Northern Colorado fail to see it that way. As attorney Steve Ray has seen over his many years as a personal injury lawyer in Colorado, serious accidents and injuries result when these drivers:
- Try to share a lane with the motorcyclist – A motorcyclist, just a like a car driver, needs a full lane to safely maneuver. For instance, the motorcyclist may need to swerve to avoid a pothole, grease slick, loose gravel or object in the road.
- Follow the motorcycle too closely – Just as you do when trailing a car, you should leave a three- or four-second distance when you drive behind a motorcycle. Because motorcyclists may need to stop suddenly to avoid hazards, this distance is especially important.
- Fail to check their mirrors for motorcycles – Car drivers need to look out for motorcycles just as they look out for cars. Drivers should always use their rear and side mirrors to spot motorcycles that may be approaching or which could become lost in “blind spots.”
- Turn in front of motorcycles – For whatever reason, car drivers tend to think they can “beat” motorcycles and make right-hand or left-hand turns in front of them – maneuvers they wouldn’t normally make when encountering another car. In some cases, drivers turn in front of motorcycles because they simply fail to see them.
- Fail to secure their cargo – All too often, unsecured objects flying from the backs of pickup trucks or dump trucks strike motorcyclists, causing head and eye injuries or forcing them to lose control of their motorcycles.
If a car or truck driver violates a motorcyclist’s rights by engaging in this type of negligent conduct, and it causes a crash, the injured motorcyclist has the right to sue the driver for the harm that he or she has suffered.
Motorcyclists, like car drivers, also have a right to travel on safe roads. If an accident results from a road defect such as a pothole or open bridge joint, or if it results from a lack of signs warning a hazard ahead, a negligent government agency or the contractor it hired should be held responsible.
Additionally, if a motorcycle’s brakes, chain or tires fail, the manufacturer, distributor, or retailer of those parts should pay for any losses that the defective motorcycle part caused.
At Steve Ray Law, PLLC in Fort Collins, we know how to identify common causes of motorcycle accidents. We can conduct a comprehensive investigation of your case and consult with experts in motorcycle accident reconstruction. If a driver violated your rights as a motorcyclist in Colorado and caused you to suffer injuries, we will aggressively pursue the compensation you deserve.