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Bicycle Accident Lawyers in Boulder

Bicycle accidents can happen in a variety of ways. By far the most common type of these accidents are bicycle vs automobile. In 2009 alone, 51,000 cyclists were injured in this type of accident in the United States, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation. Less common, but potentially just as catastrophic, accident types are: bicycle v. bicycle, defective roadways causing bicycle accidents, or product defects with the bicycle itself. These types of accidents can also have devastating results for the victims.

At Zinda Law Group of Boulder, we will take the time to establish a relationship with you and provide counseling throughout the case to ensure you understand your rights. As bicycle injury attorneys, we have handled numerous bike accident cases ending in favorable results for our clients. Some notable cases are outlined below.

Hit and Run Bicycle Accident

In 2006, a man was riding his bike home from work when he was violently struck from behind by a hit-and- run driver. The victim was thrown 50 feet and came to rest unconscious against a fence by the side of the road. He suffered numerous vertebral fractures, a closed head injury, and a myriad of other injuries. To date, he has been unable to return to work due to the severity of his injuries.

The victimʼs insurance company, State Farm, understood his injuries as well as the financial pressure the accident had caused, but continued to delay making any payments on his Uninsured Motorist claim. After several years of litigation, our bicycle accident attorneys were able to secure a sizable settlement for the victim so he could begin to try to put his life back together. As his bicycle lawyer, we are also currently litigating a Bad Faith claim against State Farm for their unreasonable delay in resolving his claim.

Bike Training Accident

While training at a local indoor velodrome in Colorado, a Cat 3 bicycle racerʼs front tire became caught in the space between the wooden track and the retaining wall, causing him to violently strike a support beam. The racer was catapulted to the ground, and he suffered a torn rotator cuff which ended his biking and running career.

As his bicycle injury attorney, we were able to resolve the victimʼs claim within a few months for a significant sum without the need for an expensive and drawn-out trial.

Our Boulder Bicycle Accident Lawyers are Here to Help

If you are currently searching for a law firm to handle your bicycle accident case or to efficiently negotiate a settlement for you and your family, look no further than Zinda Law Group of Boulder. Our attorneys will fight diligently for you and your rights and seek the compensation you deserve for your injuries. If you or a loved one has any questions and would like to speak with one of our Boulder bicycle attorneys, call Zinda Law Group at (720) 545-2689 for a free consultation. As our client, you will pay nothing unless we can win your bike injury case.

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Tips for Riding Your Bike in Traffic

Successful bicycling does require a basic understanding of traffic dynamics and a belief in one’s equal right to use travel lanes.

1.) Ride on the road.

Sidewalk cycling increases conflict for cyclists, motorists, and pedestrians. Sidewalk cycling is not only inconvenient and slow, it actually increases your risk of being hit by a car because it aggravates turning and crossing conflicts.

2.) Know and follow the rules.

The basic rules:

  • Always ride the same direction as traffic.
  • Yield to traffic before entering a road.
  • Yield to overtaking traffic when changing lanes.
  • Obey all traffic control devices.

3.) Integrate in the intersections.

  • Always use the lane that serves your destination.
  • Turn left from left turn lanes.
  • Never ride straight in a right-turn-only lane.
  • When approaching an intersection in a wide lane or a bike lane, merge left into the main traffic flow or lane.
  • The crosswalk is the WORST place to cross a busy intersection.

4.) Ride Big.

Ride far enough to the left in the lane to communicate to motorists that the lane is not wide enough to share. Motorists may squeeze past you within the lane if you don’t. Riding big makes you visible and encourages motorists to give generous passing clearance.

5.) Communicate your intent.

Communication makes you predictable. Signal turns and lane changes.  When motorists know what you want to do, most of them will try to help you out!

6.) Be mindful of your surroundings.

  • Make sure you are visible to crossing and turning traffic. This often means leaving a bike lane and moving to the left side of the general use lane.
  • Never ride within 5ft of a parked car.  This area is called the “door zone.” A suddenly-opened car door can be deadly. Some bike lanes are striped entirely within the door zone.
  • Passing a line of stopped traffic on the right can expose you to many crash hazards. Sometimes it’s better just to wait in the line.
  • Never, ever pass a large truck on the right!

7) Understand how traffic flows.

If you understand traffic flow, you can anticipate and place yourself in a position which makes things easier for yourself and your fellow road users.

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