Erie, Colorado Bicycle Accident Lawyers
Whether it is a weekend ride, a workday commute, or something in between, Erie, Colorado, is home to hundreds of cyclists who ride on local streets, highways, bike trails, and even in the Velodrome. Erie, like many communities, is at the intersection of two different worlds: those who respect and are careful of cyclists, and those who often disrespect and even harass bicyclists. In Colorado, cycling accidents happen every day, but the positive news is that if you have been a victim of a careless or distracted driver you can hold careless drivers accountable for your losses. At Cook, Bradford & Levy, LLC, we are experienced Erie bicycle accident lawyers who have successfully represented injured cyclists across Colorado in claims against careless drivers and their insurance companies. If you have been injured, or a loved one killed, in a bicycling accident we invite you to call us today at 303-543-1000 for a free consultation with one of our local Erie bicycle accident attorneys.Proving a Cycling Accident Case
At Cook, Bradford & Levy, LLC, our lawyers are avid cyclists and understand first-hand how cyclists can become victims of careless or distracted drivers. As lawyers, we know that Colorado cyclists who have been injured by a careless or negligent motorist have the burden of proving all aspects of their case by a preponderance of the evidence, or by a “more likely than not” standard. Generally speaking, an injured cyclist in Erie, Colorado must prove three elements: 1) liability (who is at fault); 2) causation (the injuries were caused by the crash and not something else); and damages (medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, etc.).
Because an injured cyclist has the burden of proof, our Erie bicycle accident lawyers will tell you that it is important to gather as much evidence as possible about your crash and how it happened. In a bicycle accident case, unlike car accident cases, the focus is usually on who was at fault for the crash. Important data that can help prove that a careless or distracted driver was at fault can come from a variety of sources such as:
- The police report
- Videos and photos you take of the accident scene
- Cycling data from apps like Strava, My Windsock, Map My Ride, and many others
- Footage from bicycle cameras like Cycle IQ
- Witness statements
- Cell phone records of the driver
Our knowledgeable Erie bicycle accident attorneys will help you gather as much evidence as possible to put you in the best position to prove liability to the at-fault driver’s insurance company, or if necessary, a Colorado jury. With this in mind, sometimes it is necessary to retain an expert who can put together all the evidence and show the driver was careless or negligent. At Cook, Bradford & Levy, our lawyers have worked with local and national accident reconstructionists, engineers, and cycling experts when needed to help prove our clients’ bicycle accident claims. With each of our clients, we work together with you to plan the most effective strategy to win your case.Who We are and How We get Paid
Our Erie bicycle accident lawyers are members of your community. Unlike the large law firms in Denver or Aurora, we are a boutique firm that keeps a small caseload so we can focus on providing excellent legal representation for you. While some lawyers hold themselves out as being Erie bicycle accident attorneys, we are the real deal located here in beautiful Lafayette, Colorado. Moreover, we spend our time every day practicing law, and on the weekends (and sometimes on the weekdays) riding our bikes on local roads and trails. But to be clear, we are lawyers first and pride ourselves on quality representation from the moment you sign up until your case is complete, whether that is through settlement, mediation, or if necessary, a jury trial.
Our Erie bicycle accident attorneys believe strongly that everyone should have access to high quality legal representation in their time of need. Our law firm therefore represents our clients on a contingency fee basis, which means that we get paid a percentage of the gross financial recover we obtain for you. If we are unable to make a recovery, you will owe us nothing for the time and energy we invested in your case, and this is why we are selective about the cases we take.Get Help With Your Bicycle Accident Today
If you or a loved one has been injured in a bicycle accident anywhere in Colorado, we invite you to call our Erie bicycle attorneys today at 303-543-1000 for a free consultation with our team. We can help you get clarity and confidence as you face the claims process and recover from your injuries.