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A Case Study Of A Motorcycle Accident

Listed below is a typical motorcycle accident case.

I have a client that was in a motorcycle accident this past summer who was cited by the Police as being at fault for the accident.  As a former city prosecutor, I couldn’t understand why my client had been cited.

Here is what happened.  Client was traveling Southbound on a major Denver street and the other driver was traveling Northbound.  The other driver stopped at a green light in the left hand turn lane to make a left across the street.  Rather than wait for the left turn arrow at the intersection, the other driver pulled blindly across traffic and hit my client.  The cops interviewed two independent witness at the scene and took statements from my client and the other driver.  The two eyewitnesses said it was the other driver’s fault.  The cops ignored them and listened to the other driver and cited my client for careless driving.  To add insult to injury, my client was severely injured in this collision and will need continuing medical care and treatment well into the future.

Immediately after being hired I interviewed all the witnesses and spoke with the cops.  The witnesses confirmed it was the other driver’s fault.  The cops hemmed and hawed and refused to charge the other driver.  We met with the prosecutor and after hearing our version of the story and a summary of the witness statements all charges were dropped.

While all of this had being going on I was simultaneously dealing with the other driver’s insurance company.  The other driver’s insurance company is disputing liability and I have given them one last chance to reverse their opinion.  If they fail to do so I will not hesitate to file a lawsuit against the other driver.

More Needless Deaths

Bill Johnson, columnist with the Denver Post, told the story today of two people, , who were killed while riding their motorcycle on August 22, 2010.  According to Johnson’s article, the friends were struck by a car making a left hand turn into an alley.  This summer has seen too many needless deaths caused by the carelessness and recklessness of Denver drivers.  From the tragic deaths of the couple struck by the RTD bus to the deaths of Jeffery and Rana it has been a summer filled with pain and loss for too many Colorado families.

Maybe I’m too close to this because I deal with the victims of these types of accidents every day.  But Jeffery and Rana’s story is unfortunately not a rare occurrence.  The majority of motorcycle accident cases that I work on occur when a driver of a car makes a left hand turn across traffic and they fail to yield the right of way to an oncoming motorcycle.  In many of these types of cases the Police fail to give the driver of the car a ticket because of some overt or subconscious bias towards motorcycle riders.  Fortunately, in Jeffery and Rana’s case it appears as though the driver was cited for careless driving.

So if you get a chance today take a moment and say a little prayer for Dana and her five surviving sons.  And please if you are driving a car look for motorcycle riders before making that left hand turn.