Minneapolis Bicycle Accident Attorney

Riding your bike through downtown Minneapolis can be dangerous. Despite bicycle laws, crosswalks, and bike paths, bicyclists are still at a higher risk for accidents than motor vehicle drivers. Although bicycles have the same rights as motor vehicles, many drivers fail to treat them with due care and consideration. This can lead to injurious and sometimes deadly collisions. Knutson + Casey has experience representing injured bicyclists in Minnesota and may be able to assist you in filing a claim.

Bicyclist Rights and Responsibilities

As a bicyclist, it is your duty to obey all applicable roadway rules and common courtesies. You must abide by the same roadway rules as motor vehicles, including riding in the same direction as traffic and using hand signs to signal your intentions. You must stop at all red lights and stop signs and yield the right-of-way when appropriate. In business districts, you cannot ride on sidewalks but instead must use the road or a bike lane. You bear the same responsibilities as other roadway users, but you also have the same rights. In downtown Minneapolis, these rights include:

  • The right not to wear a helmet. There is currently no law requiring bicyclist helmet usage in the state of Minnesota or the city of Minneapolis.
  • The right to use crosswalks with the cross signal. A vehicle that strikes you while you’re crossing a marked crosswalk or intersection when you have a “Walk” sign is almost always at fault for your injuries.
  • The right to ride in the road. Don’t let motor vehicle drivers pressure or scare you into thinking you don’t have rights to the roadway. Motorists who pass you or drive too closely, resulting in a bike accident, may be responsible for your injuries.
  • The right to pursue compensation from an at-fault party for your damages. Like anyone injured in a car accident, bicyclists have the right to pursue a settlement or verdict from the at-fault party or parties after a collision.

Bicycling is a popular means to get around Minneapolis. It can also be one of the most dangerous. Bicyclists are vulnerable road users who are more at risk of sustaining serious and fatal injuries in a collision. With or without helmets, bicyclists could suffer injuries such as concussions, traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, crush injures, broken bones, road rash, and internal injuries. After sustaining any kind of injury and/or property damage in a bike accident, speak to an attorney about your rights.

Experienced Bicycle Accident Attorneys in Minneapolis

A bicycle accident can change your life. You may have permanent scars from your accident, or emotional damage like a fear of getting back on your bike. You may need significant physical and emotional rehabilitation to get back to where you were prior to the crash. While you’re trying to focus on recovery, you may face steep medical bills and phone calls from aggressive insurance claims adjusters. Just one meeting with a lawyer at Knutson + Casey can give you peace of mind and comfort during this difficult time. We can take over communications with insurance companies on your behalf and begin the process of pursuing compensation.

Don’t try to navigate Minnesota’s bicycle laws on your own. If you received an injury in a recent bike crash, come to Knutson + Casey for professional legal counsel. We have more than 25 years of experience settling cases in and out of the courtroom. Our past clients have taken home million-dollar settlements for catastrophic injuries sustained in road accidents. We have the experience, knowledge, and resources to take your case to the next level. When you retain one of our attorneys, you’ll feel confident you’re in good hands. Call (763) 259-3642 to schedule your consultation.