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Bicycle Accidents and Wrongful Death

Every year, over 700 bicyclists are killed in traffic accidents across the United States. More than 8,000 cyclists have been injured or killed in bicycle accidents in Colorado over the last decade. Investigators believe that the majority of these bicyclists were not at fault for these accidents. Instead, other drivers who simply fail to see them on the road or who refuse to share the road are to blame

lost a loved one in a bicycle accident in Colorado Springs, El Paso, or anywhere in the state of Colorado, you need a law firm on your side. Your family has been through enough. The last thing you need is the burden of filing a lawsuit against the negligent driver. However, you and your family should not have to suffer unnecessary financial burdens because of someone else’s negligence. 

At the Green Law Firm, our Colorado Springs bicycle accident attorneys are here to help you after the tragic loss of a loved one. We know how to collect maximum compensation for our clients, and we offer compassionate legal support at every turn. loved one. We know how to collect maximum compensation for our clients, and we offer compassionate legal support at every turn. 

Common Causes of Bicycle Fatalities in Colorado Springs

In Colorado Springs, bicyclists face a variety of obstacles and dangers while on the road. They share the road with many vehicles, including dump trucks, motorcyclists, and car drivers. Even though bicyclists are allowed to share the road with these vehicles, other drivers do not always see them on the road. This results in tragic accidents that should have been prevented. 

Some of the most common causes of bicycle fatalities include:

  • Turning in front of bicyclists
  • Collisions at intersctions
  • Hitting bicyclists in crosswalks
  • Clipping bicyclists as they pass by
  • Dooring bicyclists by opening car doors unexpectedly
  • Failing to yield to bicyclist right-of-way

What is Wrongful Death?

When another person, such as a driver, causes an accident that results in a fatality, the law considers this to be a wrongful death. Under the law, certain family members can seek compensation for their pain, suffering, and loss by filing a wrongful death lawsuit against the negligent party. 

In Colorado wrongful death lawsuits, eligible family members may be able to claim compensation for damages including: 

  • Medical bills incurred before their loved one’s death
  • Their loved one’s pain and suffering
  • Funeral and burial or cremation expenses
  • The emotional distress of survivors
  • Loss of income
  • Loss of expected earnings
  • Loss of companionship, guidance and nurturing

During the first year after a pedestrian fatality, the only person who can file a wrongful death lawsuit is the surviving spouse. In the second year, the surviving spouse and surviving children can file a wrongful death lawsuit. 

If you are not sure whether you can file a bicycle accident wrongful death claim, we implore you to contact our law firm. A wrongful death attorney at our law firm will investigate your loved one’s accident and determine the best course of legal action for you and your family.