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Bicycles are a fantastic mode of transportation here in the great state of Minnesota. Thanks to increasing regulations with emissions, many of us are turning to alternate modes of transportation, like biking, and paving the way to a greener tomorrow. Unfortunately, drivers are not as careful on the road when bikers are present as they should be.
The number of bicycle accidents has risen recently; according to data from the Governor’s Highway Safety Administration, cyclist injuries have increased by 16% since 2008. The Minnesota Department of Safety also noted that 10% of all traffic fatalities were bicyclists. Even if you’re a vigilant biker who follows the rules of the road, you can only do so much to protect yourself. If you’re a bicyclist, you’re at the mercy of other drivers on the road, which can lead to disastrous consequences.
If you’ve been in a bicycle accident and another vehicle was involved, your injuries will probably be extensive. For this reason, the police usually won’t come to see you for a statement until you’re already in the hospital. You may be woozy, light headed, and unable to think clearly because of the medications you’re on. By the time a police officer comes to see you, he or she has likely spoken with the driver of the vehicle. Unfortunately, police officers are like most of us in that they’re privy to what psychologists call a “confirmation bias.”
That means instead of conducting a thorough investigation into your version of events, they tend to assimilate what you tell them with what they already know instead of the information that conflicts with what they’ve already heard. In other words, they’re more likely to find you at fault because they’ve already talked to the driver. Another thing that makes these investigations so complex is the fact that cyclists are expected to exercise reasonable care and follow the same rules of the road drivers do. But there are some cases where riding against traffic is unavoidable.
Consider the following scenario: “Bob” was riding his bike in town with the intent of going to the grocery store across the street. He crossed at a crosswalk, forcing him to ride against traffic for a short time to reach his destination. A driver making a right on red fails to look both directions and turns into Bob, knocking him off his bike and injuring him. While the police may find Bob at fault for riding against traffic, so is the driver for being unaware of his or her surroundings.
As you can see, these types of cases can become complicated. In fact, some law offices don’t accept bicycle cases because they can become so convoluted. But we take the law seriously, and we believe you should never have to pay for someone else’s mistakes. We’re committed to protecting your best interests, so contact us for a free case evaluation. We’ll review your circumstances objectively and can let you know if you have a case worth pursuing.
Whether you’ve been injured in a bicycle accident in the city or a rural area, our experienced legal team can help you secure the compensation you deserve for your injuries. Being involved in a bike accident can lead to orthopedic, head, and neck afflictions that can affect you for the rest of your life. Don’t let another driver get away with negligence. Hire a law firm with a reputation for doggedly protecting its clients’ rights. If you’d like to schedule a no obligation initial consultation, contact our office today for more information.