If you or a loved one have suffered an injury in a bicycle accident, you may be entitled to damages. A Minneapolis bicycle accident lawyer can evaluate your case. Call Ben Crump Law, PLLC at (800) 761-5225. We offer free consultations and will not charge you anything unless you receive a settlement.
The Dangers of Bicycle Accidents
Bicycle accidents can result in serious injury, especially when motor vehicles are involved. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the number of traffic accidents involving a bicyclist or pedestrian continuously increased between 2009 and 2017. In some cases, the motorist is to blame. Distracted driving, speeding, or driving while impaired can all lead to an accident with a cyclist. If you think that someone else was to blame for the injuries you suffered as a result of your accident, you should call our law firm for a free consultation.
Types of Compensation in Bicycle Accident Cases
If you or a loved one have suffered an injury in a bicycle accident, you may be awarded compensation covering these types of damages:
Medical Costs: According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), fatal and non-fatal crash-related injuries to bicyclists resulted in lifetime medical costs and productivity losses of $10 billion in 2010. Those eligible could be awarded compensation covering costs for hospital stays, doctor visits, prescriptions, and therapy.
Wrongful Death: If a loved one died in a bicycle accident, you may sue for wrongful death. If they were a primary source of income in your household, their unexpected death could cause financial hardship in addition to pain and suffering. As a result, you may be entitled to damages.
Loss of Wages: Lost wages can occur if you are out of work due to your accident. You may be missing out on paychecks and possibly could be awarded damages covering those wages if another is held liable.
Decreased Earning Potential: Injuries suffered in an accident could also leave you or a loved one with lasting physical problems. Depending on your job, your future earning potential and ability to work may be reduced. Damages can cover these lost future earnings as well.
Lost Enjoyment: If you are riding a bike around, you are probably an active person. An injury and its lasting effects could prevent you from enjoying outdoor activities, like biking, in the future. This loss of enjoyment and inability to take part in a sport or hobby you once loved can also entitle you to damages.
Property Damage: Your bicycle may be used only for exercise, or it may be your main method of transportation and be critical to your job. Regardless of its primary use, if your bicycle was damaged in an accident and required repairs or outright replacement, you may be entitled to damages.
Pain and Suffering: Any other pain and suffering relating to your bicycle accident could affect your compensation as well.
How a Bicycle Accident Lawyer Can Help
Consulting a Minneapolis bicycle accident lawyer allows them to handle nearly every aspect of your case for you. You can recover from your injuries and get back to your life while your lawyer takes care of:
We can gather the evidence needed to show that your injuries and property damage suffered were the result of someone else’s negligence. Evidence may include police reports, eyewitness accounts of the accident, and photos of the damage to your bicycle.
Filing Your Case Promptly
We can file your case right away. The state of Minnesota does not give you unlimited time to file a personal injury claim. Minnesota Statute § 541.05 gives you six years to start pursuing a case and damages. That seems like a lot of time, but it can pass quickly as you recover from injuries and get back to your normal routine. Our lawyers will file your case for you quickly so that you do not ever have to worry about the statute of limitations running out.
Finding Liable Parties
We can find the parties responsible for the bicycle accident and identify them. Then we can show how their actions led to the injuries suffered by you or a loved one, and why they should award you damages.
Taking Care of Communications
We can do the talking for you. We can speak to the other parties involved, the insurance companies, and eyewitnesses. We will constantly keep you in the loop and let you know of new developments, including settlement offers.
Presenting Your Case
We can make your case and show that you are entitled to damages because you were not responsible for the bicycle accident that caused you to suffer injury and financial hardship. If we cannot get a settlement offer, we can even take your case to court if necessary.
Contact Us for a Free Consultation Today
If you or a loved one have been injured in a bicycle accident, there is no reason to push ahead all on your own. A Minneapolis bicycle accident lawyer is ready and willing to assist you with your case. Please call (800) 761-5225 and speak to someone from Ben Crump Law, PLLC today. Our team will schedule a free consultation and help you learn more about your legal options. Remember, we do not shy away from tough cases and we do not get paid until you receive a settlement. Call today and see how we can assist you.