The Risks of Sharing the Road
Bicycling is a huge sport in Minnesota. Families enjoy leisurely pastime rides. Trail riders utilize the over 4,000 miles of paved trails in Minnesota. Many cyclists ride to work every day, opting to skip the otherwise mundane daily commute. Some even bundle up and bike all year-round!
Unfortunately, when so many cyclists are sharing the road with motor vehicles, crashes do happen. Distracted driving and reduced visibility of bicyclists often contribute to these crashes. Bicyclists, particularly, are at increased risk of injury due to their vulnerable state on a bike. Bicyclists do not have the protections that motor vehicle passengers enjoy, such as seat belts, airbags, and headrests. Some bicyclists, despite the obvious risks, even forego helmets. Because of that, bicycle crashes often result in serious injuries to the bicyclist.
Suffering injuries in a bicycle crash can be a traumatic and stressful event with long-lasting repercussions. The initial days and weeks following a crash can be particularly stressful, as medical bills start appearing in the mail, insurance company representatives are calling, and you are asked to fill out confusing forms. On top of this, people injured in crashes can suffer many types of harms and losses including:
- Physical pain
- Physical disfigurement and scarring
- Mental and emotional suffering and distress
- Loss of income due to disability
- Loss of future earning capacity due to disability
- Bills for medical/chiropractic/therapeutic treatment and diagnostic testing
- Damage to the bicycle and other property
- Cost of transportation to and from doctors’ appointments
We Can Help
Given the frequency and potentially life-altering consequences of bicycle crashes, it is important for injured parties to understand their rights and to take measures to protect their interests. If you were injured in a bicycle crash due to the fault of another, and have experienced any or all of the above, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. It is important that you contact an attorney as soon as possible so they can help protect your interests right from the start.
Alleviate your stress and anxiety by allowing someone else to fight for you. There is no better way to protect your rights than by hiring an experienced attorney who has handled many similar cases in the past.
Attorney Bradley Simon has represented hundreds of individuals who have been involved in all types of crashes. We know the tactics that insurance companies use to avoid paying benefits to injured parties. You can rely on Simon Law Office to fight to protect your rights.
Contact our office here, or call us at 651-797-4017 to set up an appointment for a free consultation. As always, you don’t pay us anything unless we obtain a recovery. For more information, or for frequently asked questions, see our resources page.