Perhaps no one is more vulnerable to suffering a serious injury from an accident than bike riders. The simple fact is that throughout Minnesota, city streets are designed for vehicles, not cyclists or pedestrians. While this has been changing, bicycle accidents are far too common in Minnesota.
On average, four people are killed every day in a bicycle accident and half of the victims are under the age of 16. Another one million children are injured every year in a bicycle accident or mishap. More devastating is that despite increased helmet usage, head injuries account for 75-percent of all serious injuries and fatalities for bike riders. The most-common bicycle accidents causing injuries are:
“Dooring,” where a car door opens and a cyclist hits it
Traffic and road rage and violence
Distracted driving by the operator of a car, truck, bus or taxi
Carelessness at blind intersections or on curves in the road
Not knowing that Minnesota automobile law requires three feet of space when passing a bike (Minn. Stat §169.18, subd. 3)
At Sieben Edmunds Miller, our experienced bicycle accident injury lawyers believe that everyone has an equal right to use the streets and roadways safely. We use this knowledge by helping you deal with the complicated accident benefit forms as well as bringing legal action against those who caused injury.
Common Bicycle Injury Accidents in Minnesota
Bicyclists generally recognize the need to ride defensively and take extra care to make sure they are not hurt whether they are out for a fun ride or are commuting to work. Most accidents and injuries to bike riders are the result of:
A driver ignoring the cyclist and turning directly in front of them
Entering a roadway from a drive or parking spot without yielding to the cyclist
Failing to yield to a bicycle at an intersection
Inattentive behavior while driving
The driver is under the influence of alcohol or narcotics
Various Types of Bicycle Accident Injuries in Minnesota
When you are riding a bike, you are incredibly vulnerable especially when there is an encounter with any type of motor vehicle, even the smallest “smart car.” The injuries that a cyclist can suffer include:
Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
Contrecoup and coup head injuries
Spinal injuries including a burst fracture
Labial tracking injuries
Knee or leg injuries
Arm and shoulder injuries
Internal organ damage
Whatever the injury is that you suffered while riding a bicycle, the bike accident injury lawyers at Sieben Edmunds Miller can obtain the compensation that you are entitled to and deserve.
Speak For Free With Minnesota Bicycle Injury Lawyers
The bike accident injury lawyers at Sieben Edmunds Miller will work with you and hold the insurance company responsible for paying your claim. We will coordinate all the benefits available to you, talking with qualified bicycle and medical specialists to uncover every aspect of your situation so we can maximize the compensation you receive.
Our Minnesota bike accident injury attorneys know personal injury law inside and out. We will be aggressive and thorough in pursuing your case. Speak with us for free and without any obligation. We don’t collect attorney’s fees unless you win. Your job is recovering from your accident. Our job is fighting for you.