BICYCLE ACCIDENTS MN INJURY ATTORNEYS
Bicycle riding has becoming increasing popular over the last 10 years, with more trails and designated bike lanes being developed in Minnesota all the time. However, as the number of bicycle riders has increased over the last few years, our lawyers have also noticed an increase in injury cases from people riding a bike getting hit by a car or truck.
BICYCLE RIDING LAWS FOR ROADS AND STREETS – MN LAWYER
In general, the same laws apply to a bicycle rider as apply to a car or motorcycle. For example, the law requires a bike rider to stop at a stop sign just like any other vehicle. However, the law also requires the bicycle rider to ride as close as practicable to the right hand curb or edge of the roadway (assuming there is no designated bike lane), unless making a left turn at an intersection. In many bicycle accident cases where the bike rider is hit by a car, the insurance company for the car will argue that the bike rider was in the road or moved in front of the car at the last second. Fortunately, in most of our cases there have been witnesses who stayed at the scene to tell the policy what really happened so we can recover compensation for our client.
PEDESTRIAN HIT BY BICYCLE ON SIDEWALK OR TRAIL – ATTORNEYS
Our bike accident lawyers have also handled cases where someone walking on a sidewalk or trail is hit from behind by a bicycle. Some cities prohibit bikes from riding on a sidewalk, but other cities allow it. Where the city does allow the bicycle to ride on a sidewalk, the law requires the bike rider to yield the right of way to any person walking on the sidewalk or trail and to give an audible signal before overtaking or passing the pedestrian. These bike accident cases where a pedestrian is hit from behind can be difficult when the bike rider claims the walker moved in front of them or did not respond to their signal. Again, it is very helpful when our injury lawyer can get access to a witness who saw the accident or was walking with the injured pedestrian.
MEDICAL INSURANCE COVERAGE FOR BIKE ACCIDENT INJURY IN MINNESOTA
Our lawyers find most people are surprised to learn that No-Fault auto insurance will apply to a bike accident. If you are hit by a car and injured while riding your bicycle in MN, your auto insurance will pay your medical bills and wage loss regardless of who was at fault in the accident. If you are injured in a bike accident, a top lawyer from our office will explain this to you in more detail. If you do not have access to auto insurance of your own, the car driver’s insurance will pay your medical bills and wage loss, again regardless of who was at fault.
In addition, you may be entitled to additional compensation if the car driver was at fault in the accident with your bike. The primary focus of our bike accident lawyers is to get people full and fair compensation for their injury if they have been hit by a car or truck while riding their bicycle.
BICYCLE ACCIDENT LAWYER MN
Pam Rochlin and David Rochlin are Minnesota lawyers with over 25 years’ experience successfully representing people injured in a bike accident. We have offices in Edina, Minneapolis, St. Louis Park and Woodbury where you can meet a lawyer to discuss your bike accident case and get your questions answered. Our attorneys can also come to your house regarding your bicycle accident case in St. Paul, Brooklyn Center, Richfield, Maple Grove, Bloomington, and other cities throughout Minnesota.