Minnesota sees its fair share of cold, undesirable weather. However, with spring now officially here, the temperatures will be steadily rising and, unfortunately, so will the number of bicyclists injured on the busy roads of Minneapolis. This is a sad reality but it’s not necessarily the fault of either the bicyclist or the motorist more than the other. In fact, the causes of these accidents are rather evenly distributed when it comes to fault.
According to statistics, bicyclists are estimated to play a role in the reason for a crash in nearly sixty percent of all cases. On the other hand, motorists are at least partly to blame in nearly seventy percent. Of course, these numbers together exceed more than one hundred percent, but that is because they overlap as many accidents are the fault of both the bicyclist and the motorist. While this may seem dismal, there are numerous precautions you can take to prevent these accidents.
With nearly 94% of all motor vehicle crashes in Minnesota involving automobiles and bicycles, it’s no wonder why there are so many laws and regulations in place to protect the public. Obviously, awareness is key. Both the motorist being aware of hard-to-see bicycle riders, and bicyclists holding a keen awareness for rapidly accelerating drivers will equally diminish the vast number of accidents. Albeit, it is well understood that these kinds of accidents can creep up on even the most astute operators.
Still, there are many safety precautions that at least the bicyclists can take to help prevent or limit disaster. Reflective gear, pads, helmets, and adhering staunchly to the rules of the road might seem like old, tiresome ideas, but they are tried and true. In fact, most serious injuries that occur during these types of accidents, do so because of a lack of strictly abiding by the aforementioned clichés. It should go without saying that each and every safety precaution should be intently followed.
Being Prepared Never Hurts
No matter what, even if you have clearly followed all the rules of the road and safety guidelines that you can, and even if every motorist on the road is sober and alert, accidents still happen. Sometimes it almost feels as though there was just absolutely no avoiding an accident. In which case, you have most likely been severely injured as a result, and this is particularly true for bicyclists who have been involved in an accident with an automobile.
If you have found yourself in such an accident, you absolutely must tend to your own health and well-being first and foremost. The most important thing for you is to make sure you have a healthy and speedy recovery. Of course, this can be easier said than done when you are now losing wages and simultaneously watching the medical bills stack up over your head. Worrying about your financial stability at a time like this will only bog you down with unnecessary stress and anguish, and this only makes it even more important to be prepared by having the best representation possible.
At JD Haas & Associates we are well aware of all the various elements of your accident, and we understand the multitude of laws that can feel overwhelming. We make it our personal mission to get you all the compensation possible in your time of need. If you have been injured in any bicycle – motorist accident, please don’t hesitate to call (952) 345-1025 today!