VanMeveren Law Group August 2019

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SOUTH 2038 Caribou Drive, Suite 101 Fort Collins, CO 80525

OLD TOWN 123 North College Ave., Suite 112 Fort Collins, CO 80524


Colorado Motorcycle Crashes Are on the Rise REAL LIFE STORIES FROM OUR CLIENTS

As many people enjoy the summer and warm weather, we see more of our families, friends, and neighbors hitting the streets to take their motorcycles out for a ride. Sadly, we may also see an inordinate percentage of them injured or killed when compared to vehicle crashes. Just recently, one of our clients, an avid motorcycle rider, Luis Gaytan Vizcarra, could have been killed due to a negligent driver’s careless behavior. Luis was enjoying a ride on his 2015 Yamaha R3 motorcycle in Fort Collins, oblivious to the fact that his life was in danger. As Luis approached a busy intersection in northeast Fort Collins, a GMC Sierra truck recklessly turned in front of oncoming traffic, colliding with a vehicle directly in front of Luis.

(Please see Luis’ own words in our “Clients Say It Best” section on Page 2.)

Another of our clients, William “Bill” Richards, understands to a degree what Luis went through. At 71 years old, Bill was fulfilling his dream of riding his Harley-Davidson motorcycle to as many destinations as possible in retirement. A passionate lifelong motorcycle enthusiast, Bill believes there is no truer feeling of freedom than getting a Harley out on the open road.

Coasting along at 15 mph in Greeley, Bill’s motorcycle was struck by a young woman

pulling away from the curb into traffic. Later, this driver would report to police that she just didn’t see our client, even though he was in plain sight. As the front of her vehicle struck Bill’s motorcycle, his bike caught on the car’s front bumper, ripping it off and flipping the bike and Bill onto the street. Bill was seriously injured and required multiple spinal surgeries. As a former Marine, Bill is not one to complain. But his pain never completely went away, even after several surgeries, and for the rest of his life, Bill will have to undergo pain management treatment. Although the insurance company fought hard, initially offering Bill a lowball settlement, VanMeveren Law Group rallied around and fought harder to get him the settlement he deserved.

Luis watched in horror as the negligently operated truck careened off one vehicle and spun out of control, violently hitting his motorcycle. Luis was thrown off his vehicle and over the hood of the spinning truck as his body flipped several feet in the air. His body flew over the truck, and Luis landed hard on the pavement. A witness at the scene described the incident as the worst motorcycle crash he had ever seen. This witness stated that when he saw Luis flying through the air, he was horrified, convinced he was about to see the rider die. Fortunately, Luis survived the impact and received good medical care for his injuries. While he kept a positive attitude throughout his recovery, Luis suffered serious injuries, and he and his family endured mental anguish resulting from the crash. If there is a silver lining to this story, it’s the bond Luis developed with VanMeveren Law Group and attorney Karl Hager. Karl couldn’t change what happened to Luis, but he came to his aid immediately, going the extra mile to get Luis everything he deserved in his personal injury settlement. VanMeveren Law Group prides itself on treating every client like family, and Karl stepped in to provide emotional encouragement and legal guidance when Luis needed it most.

Motorcyclists all ride for different reasons: the friendships they make, freedom of the open road, stress release, or improved physical and mental health achieved

during a ride. As motorcycle advocates, we understand that riding isn’t a hobby; it’s a passion. Hunter S. Thompson may have said it best when he stated, “Love is the feeling you get when you like something as much as your motorcycle.” Please drive and ride defensively, and remember your motorcycle friends as you travel this summer.

–Bryan VanMeveren

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