Bikers in Colorado face an endless list of road hazards whenever they take to the open roads, most of which are out of their control. Speed and riding while under the influence of alcohol or drugs are risks that could cause serious motorcycle accidents, but the rider can avoid them. Furthermore, road and weather conditions require motorcyclists to be cautious and adjust their riding accordingly or risk severe injuries or death.
Now that the weather is getting warmer, many are likely taking to the road on their motorcycles to enjoy the spring weather. However, when motorcycle accidents happen, they can cause serious injuries to the bikers and their passengers as well as a significant amount of damage to the bike itself. This appears to be exactly what happened in Colorado Springs when a commercial truck and motorcycle collided.
As warm weather slowly begins to creep into the area, two types of vehicles start to become increasingly common on Colorado roadways -- motorcycles and RVs. Both are associated with an increased number of accidents. RVs are large, and many drivers who get behind their wheels are not used to the extra care that must be taken when driving a vehicle of that size. Motorcycles are small, so they are often overlooked by other drivers, and they are more affected by adverse road conditions than other vehicles are. The risk factors of the two combined this week when a motorcycle accident involving an RV left the rider in critical condition and the RV driver on the run.
When investigating most accidents, one would think it is great to have an unbiased eyewitness who can clarify exactly what happened. The problem is that if two people witness the same accident, each will usually have his or her own version of what took place, and the facts may get skewed. This is the case with a fatal motorcycle accident that occurred in Denver recently.
Earlier this summer, a 21-year-old man left on his motorcycle for a quick ride in Broomfield, but he never returned from that trip. He was involved in a serious crash, and ended up in a coma. In a split second his life changed, as did the life of his mother. This Colorado accident led the young man's mother to a new mission in life, urging drivers to slow down and urging motorcycle riders to wear helmets -- two factors that can have devastating consequences in motorcycle accidents like her son's.
The vast majority of motorcyclists diligently follow the recommended safety standards and pay close attention to the road when they are out on their bikes. Unfortunately, even the most skilled riders face the dangers posed by negligent motorists, who are responsible for countless motorcycle accidents. One recent collision left a man dead and Colorado State Police searching for a driver.
A motorcyclist in El Paso County tragically lost his life after a crash involving a car on the morning of June 23. The Colorado State Patrol is still in the process of investigating the crash, and they have not yet filed charges against the driver of the car involved in the accident. Motorcycle accidents often prove fatal, so thankfully the family of the deceased man has precedent in filing a wrongful death suit in civil court apart from any criminal charges that might be filed.
An accident involving a motorcycle and an SUV ended in tragedy when two men were killed, according to local sources. Motorcycle accidents often cause serious or even fatal injuries, and Colorado police are pursuing a thorough investigation into what caused this most recent crash. For the moment, they have not determined which vehicle operator was at fault, but they have speculated that the motorcyclist himself may have caused the accident.
Investigators in Colorado Springs say they believe street racing may have played a role in an accident that seriously injured at least one person. Colorado authorities have not filed charges as of this report, but as with many motorcycle accidents, their investigation may be treated as a criminal one, depending on the information they gather. The accident is said to have taken place the morning of Oct. 14.
Two people were injured in an accident involving a car and a motorcycle, according to an officer on the scene. Motorcycle accidents can be particularly dangerous to the rider, since a bike provides nowhere near the protection of a car. In this case, Colorado authorities are still trying to determine the cause of the accident.