Bicycle Accidents

Minneapolis Bicycle Accident Attorneys

Seeking Justice for Injured Bicyclists in MN, WI, & ND

In the busy streets of Minneapolis, bicycle accidents are inevitable. If you were injured by someone else’s negligence on Minnesota roads, you deserve fair compensation to cover medical expenses, lost earnings, and more. That’s why our bicycle accident attorneys are committed to pursuing justice for wrongfully injured bicyclists in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and North Dakota. 

At Fay & Associates, we understand how frustrating and overwhelming it can be to recover damages after a wrongful injury, especially while dealing with the physical, financial, and emotional fallout of a serious accident. With 27 years of experience, Our trusted advocates have over 27 years of experience and an in-depth understanding of personal injury law to aggressively protect your rights and advocate tirelessly for the maximum compensation you’re entitled to. 

Common Causes of Bicycle Accidents

A bicycle accident occurs when a cyclist riding a bicycle collides with another object, vehicle, or person, resulting in injuries or damage. Negligent drivers can contribute to these accidents in several ways.

Here are some common causes:

  • Failure to Yield: Drivers may fail to yield the right-of-way to cyclists at intersections, crosswalks, or when merging, leading to collisions.
  • Distracted Driving: When drivers are distracted by their phones, passengers, or other activities, they may not see cyclists or react in time to avoid a collision.
  • Unsafe Passing: Drivers may attempt to pass cyclists without leaving enough space, leading to sideswiping or forcing the cyclist off the road.
  • Dooring: Opening a car door into the path of an oncoming cyclist is a common cause of accidents, especially in urban areas with parked cars along the roadside.
  • Speeding: Excessive speed reduces a driver's reaction time and increases the severity of accidents. Speeding drivers may not be able to stop in time to avoid a collision with a cyclist.
  • Aggressive Driving: Aggressive behaviors such as tailgating, honking, or cutting off cyclists can intimidate riders and increase the risk of accidents.
  • Driving Under the Influence (DUI): Drivers impaired by alcohol or drugs have reduced coordination, judgment, and reaction times, making them more likely to collide with cyclists.
  • Ignoring Traffic Signals: Running red lights or stop signs can lead to collisions with cyclists who have the right-of-way.
  • Failure to Check Blind Spots: Drivers may not check their blind spots before changing lanes or making turns, putting cyclists at risk of being struck.

Minnesota Bicycle Laws

Cyclists are generally required to ride as near to the right-hand side of the road as practicable, except under certain conditions such as when passing another bicycle or vehicle, preparing for a left turn, or when necessary to avoid conditions that make it unsafe to continue along the right-hand side. 

Cyclists must obey all traffic signals, signs, and pavement markings. They are subject to the same rights and duties as drivers of motor vehicles.

Cyclists must use designated bicycle paths or lanes where provided, but they are not required to use them if an alternate route is available.

Cyclists must signal their intention to turn or stop using hand signals. They should extend their left arm straight out to signal a left turn, extend their left arm out and bent downward at a right angle to signal a stop or decrease in speed, and extend their right arm straight out to signal a right turn.

While Minnesota does not have a statewide law requiring adults to wear helmets while riding bicycles, some local jurisdictions may have their own helmet laws, particularly for children under a certain age.

Recovering Damages in a Bicycle Accident

Various damages may be recovered in a bicycle accident. At Fay & Associates, we can thoroughly investigate the accident to determine available damages and ensure you’re compensated fairly. There are three types of recoverable damages, including:

  • Economic damages: These compensate for financial losses, such as property damage, lost earnings, medical expenses, and treatment costs. 
  • Non-economic damages: These compensate for non-financial losses, such as pain and suffering, emotional distress, scarring and disfigurement, loss of enjoyment of life, and loss of consortium.
  • Punitive damages: Unlike other damages, punitive damages are meant to punish the defendant for especially harmful or reckless behavior. These are awarded in rare cases involving extreme malice to deter similar behavior by others. 

If you were injured in a bicycle accident, contact us online to schedule a free consultation. Pay nothing until we achieve a favorable settlement. 

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Who Is Liable in a Bicycle Accident?

While many people assume that bicyclists always have the right-of-way, this isn’t the case. For example, in Minnesota, bikes aren’t allowed on the sidewalk. If a driver fails to see a bicyclist using the sidewalk and injures the biker, the driver may not be at fault for the accident. Under Minnesota Statutes §169.222, bicyclists “shall have all of the rights and duties applicable to the driver of any other vehicle.” In other words, bicyclists are legally obligated to obey the same traffic laws as motor vehicle drivers. 

Establishing liability in a bicycle accident can be tricky, especially without a comprehensive understanding of state law. Working with an experienced bicycle accident attorney is imperative to prove the other party's negligence and reduce the chance of your claim being dismissed. Depending on the circumstances of the bicycle accident, various parties may be liable for damages. Common liable parties in a bicycle accident include: 

  • Fellow motorists: If the bicycle accident occurs due to a negligent motorist, such as a bus driver, car driver, or truck driver, that motorist may be liable for damages. 
  • Manufacturers: If the accident occurred due to a defect in the bicycle’s design or manufacturing, the manufacturer responsible may be liable for damages. 
  • Mechanics: If the bicycle was recently serviced by a negligent mechanic or shop that led to the accident, the mechanic may be liable for injuries.
  • The city, county, or state: If the accident occurred because the city, county, or other regulatory body failed to maintain safe road conditions or prevent known hazards, that body may be liable for the bicycle accident.

Our Minneapolis attorneys can thoroughly review the circumstances of the bicycle accident to determine the validity of your claim and fortify your case with relevant evidence, from arranging eyewitness interviews to accessing security cam footage to consulting with medical specialists.

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Common Injuries in Bicycle Accidents

Bicycle accidents can result in serious injuries, life-altering disabilities, and even fatalities. Common injuries sustained in bicycle accidents include: 

  • Bones and fractures
  • Concussions and traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Amputations and disfigurement
  • Road rash and lacerations
  • Internal organ damage and internal bleeding
  • Whiplash and other soft tissue injuries

Depending on the severity of your injury, you may require extensive medical treatment, rehabilitation, ongoing care, and adaptive equipment. Our Minneapolis bicycle accident attorneys are well-versed in personal injury cases to strengthen your claim and maximize available damages to support your financial recovery.

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When it comes to taking back your life after a bicycle accident, don’t settle for less than the high-quality representation at Fay & Associates. Our firm is committed to serving every client with integrity and honesty, ensuring your questions are answered promptly while keeping you fully informed throughout your case. Since 1997, our award-winning lawyers have represented the best interests of clients in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and North Dakota. With over $10 million recovered for the wrongfully injured, we’re committed to helping people heal and recover from tragic events. From dog bites to boating accidents, reach out to our compassionate advocates today to secure the experienced representation you deserve. 

If you were harmed by someone else’s negligence, our seasoned attorneys can relentlessly pursue justice. Call (612) 888-8354 to schedule a free consultation. 

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