With today’s increasing gas prices, more Minnesota residents than ever are turning to bicycles for cost-effective, environmentally friendly transportation. Unfortunately, with many inattentive drivers on the road, bicycle accidents are increasingly common.
Hazards Of Bicycle Travel
Accidents involving motorists and bicyclists are often tragic, causing extensive injuries or death, due to the vulnerable and unprotected nature of bicyclists. At-fault drivers and their insurers usually blame the person on the bike, regardless of how the accident actually happened. What they won’t tell you is that bicyclists may be able to seek coverage under the automobile’s no fault insurance, regardless of who is at fault in causing the accident.
A generally unknown fact about Minnesota’s no fault law is that if you own a car but are instead out driving your bicycle, your car insurance follows you around just in case you get hit by a car. In this scenario, the bicyclist’s own automobile insurance is primary for providing no-fault insurance and will pay for the first $20,000 of medical expenses and the first $20,000 in wage loss benefits no matter who is ultimately found to be at fault in causing the accident.
If the driver of the bicycle does not own an insured motor vehicle or live with a relative with an insured car, he or she can bring a no-fault insurance claim against the driver of the car that they were in an accident with for medical expenses and wage loss benefits pursuant to the Minnesota No Fault Act.
In addition to the no-fault claim, an injured bicyclist has the right to bring a separate liability claim against the driver of the at-fault vehicle for his or her property damage, pain, suffering and loss of enjoyment of lifestyle due to the accident. A speedy investigation is usually necessary to effectively preserve the injured bike rider’s claims.
Connect With Minnesota’s Bicycle Accident Lawyers Today
If you have been injured in a bike accident, it is extremely important to contact a Minnesota bicycle accident attorney as soon as possible after the incident. Bicycle accidents are traumatizing and often result in life altering injuries. Our bicycle accident lawyers are aware of the unique characteristics of bicycle litigation and handle each case with the utmost concern and care. We have handled many different types of bicycle claims, from bike vs. car collisions to unrestrained dogs causing bicycle accidents.
The Meshbesher Law Firm places its clients first and can be trusted to protect your rights to the fullest extent. The Meshbesher Law Firm works on a one-third contingent fee basis on all bike accident claims. If we cannot get you a recovery, you do not owe us anything for the time we spend working on your case. To contact one of our experienced Minnesota personal injury attorneys today, call us at 612-349-5215. You can also e-mail us your questions.