Between 2008 and 2012, there were approximately 1,325 reported bicycle accidents in Denver, Colorado. With an average of 265 crashes per year, Denver ranks high in the number of bicycle accidents among cities with high bicycle traffic. Over those four years, 52% of bicycle crashes also resulted in an injury or fatality. These are trends that continue to climb upward.
With the rise in bicycle accidents, Denver has instituted many policies to curb the level of accidents such as installing more traffic lights and bike lanes. The city has also conducted extensive research into when and how bicycle accidents occur. For example, most crashes occur around 5pm, during rush hour and when the sun is setting during winter. This creates a chaotic commuting period as well as impedes driver sight during the dusk hours. Studies also found that both bicyclists and motorists failed to yield or drove carelessly in many incidents. While motorists generally follow the rules of the roads, bicyclists that were in an accident often failed to stop at a signal or committed a lane violation.
After conducting intensive studies, Denver has proceeded to educate bicyclists and motorists on how to avoid future traffic incidents, and the city has also revamped many streets and dangerous intersections in order to provide clearer signs and rules for the road.
Despite many efforts to keep motorists and bicyclists safe, there will always be a risk for bicycle accident Denver. That is why it is important to have a personal injury lawyer on hand in case you find yourself in an accident. Whether you are the motorist or the bicyclist, it is important to follow the rules of the road and be prepared for any potential accident.