Bicycles remain fantastic vehicles capable of providing people with healthy ways to accomplish their transportation needs. Despite the increasing presence of bicyclists on streets all over Minnesota, numerous bikers are injured every day in accidents all over the North Star State. According to the Office of Traffic Safety (OTS), 873 bicyclists were injured and 10 were killed in Minnesota in 2015.
A bicycle crash is an extremely frightening experience that can leave a victim with serious injuries that require significant medical care. Victims should immediately retain legal counsel. If you were severely injured or your loved one was killed in a bicycle accident in Minnesota, contact JD Haas & Associates today.
Causes of Bicycle Accidents in Minnesota
Drivers of motor vehicles are expected to share the roads with bicyclists, but a significant majority of bicycle accidents involved some kind of driver negligence. Some of the most common examples of motorist negligence in such cases include, but are not limited to:
- Driving while impaired (DWI or DUI);
- Failure to yield;
- Traffic sign or signal violations;
- Turning in front of or into bicyclists;
- Distracted driving;
- Reckless driving; or
- Other traffic violations.
One of the most common kinds of bicycle accidents is the so-called “dooring” incident in which a motor vehicle occupant suddenly swings open a door to the automobile without looking for an oncoming cyclist. In such cases, bicyclists are powerless to avoid striking the doors, and the collisions often result in bicyclists being thrown several feet from their bikes.
Bicyclists are further susceptible to severe injuries because of their complete lack of protection. Helmets can only do so much, and some bicyclists suffer life-altering traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), spinal cord injuries, or neck injuries.
What You Should Do After a Minnesota Bicycle Accident
When a bicycle accident involves a motor vehicle, the insurance company representing the driver will almost always reach out very quickly to try and make contact with the victim. All victims should avoid answering these phone calls and refuse to make any recorded statements until they have legal counsel.
Representatives for insurance companies will often seem friendly and sympathetic toward the nature of your injuries, but you should never assume that an insurer is going to be willing to provide you with all of the compensation you are actually entitled to. In most cases, insurers have already determined an amount that they are willing to pay to resolve your claim—and they frequently begin by offering much less than that.
It is also important not to assume that an insurance company is going to accept your version of events. It is not uncommon for an insurer to actually blame a bicyclist for causing a collision and thus being at fault for all of his or her injuries.
An experienced Minnesota personal injury lawyer can stand up to protect your rights throughout your recovery. JD Haas & Associates will conduct a thorough investigation and make sure that you get as much compensation as possible.
Find a Bicycle Accident Attorney in Bloomington, MN
Did you suffer serious injuries or was your loved one killed in a bicycle accident in Minnesota? You should make sure that you have legal representation before speaking to any insurer. Contact JD Haas & Associates today.
Our firm can negotiate with an insurance company to ensure you receive a satisfactory settlement, and we are willing to file a lawsuit if the insurer is unwilling to do so. Call (952) 345-1025 or contact us online today to have our Bloomington personal injury lawyers review your case and answer all of your legal questions.