There is a saying that has been around for almost as long as the automobile -- "speed kills." This is in reference to a situation where speed can cause a driver to lose control. An out of control vehicle in Colorado can become a very dangerous weapon and cause serious accidents. Often motorcycles are involved and the outcome of such motorcycle accidents is often fatal. Add alcohol to the mix and it is a recipe for disaster.
A great deal of accidents involving these two-wheeled vehicles result from drivers in other vehicles not seeing them, not paying attention and more. Still more motorcycle accidents result from the actions of their riders. When these drivers have passengers who trust them, they should use the appropriate amount of caution, but that does not always happen. The people who entrusted their lives to them often suffer serious injuries or lose their lives.
Every driver owes a duty of reasonable care to others on Colorado's roadways, requiring them to act responsibly, pay attention and otherwise adhere to safety regulations. In some ways, those in passenger vehicles owe an enhanced duty to motorcycle riders who navigate the state's highways, byways and streets at the same speeds, but without the same protections. When reckless drivers fail to do so, these individuals often pay the ultimate price.
Colorado residents who choose another type of transportation other than a passenger vehicle face numerous risks. The low profile of motorcycles means that those in other, larger vehicles could fail to see them on a good day. When one of those drivers is impaired by alcohol, the potential for motorcycle accidents increases dramatically.
Warmer weather here in Colorado often brings people out of their homes after a long winter. For those who ride motorcycles more for fun than utility, it is also a time to get out and ride. Sadly, this means that the warmer weather also brings the potential for motorcycle accidents that could easily result in serious injuries.
For many Colorado residents, the freedom that riding provides outweighs the risks. Even so, many motorcycle riders keep in mind the fact that they are quite vulnerable to serious injuries if involved in motorcycle accidents. One of the injuries they could suffer is traumatic amputation of a limb.
Crashes that appear to involve only one vehicle at first may actually involve another vehicle. Further investigation of the scene may provide evidence of a hit-and-run. This happens in at least some of Colorado's motorcycle accidents that are blamed on rider error at first.
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Riding through Colorado's beautiful mountains and scenery may bring you a sense of peace and joy. You relish the times when you can take to the open road on your motorcycle, but you also know the risks. The chances of you and other riders being severely injured in motorcycle accidents is a very real possibility.
Thousands of crashes occur here in Colorado every year. Some of them are motorcycle accidents. Many people make the incorrect assumption that it is the rider who is at fault in most of them. In reality, studies show that over half of accidents involving a motorcycle and a passenger or commercial vehicle result from negligence on the part of the other driver, not the biker.