Saturday, March 14, 2009

Warmer Weather in MN Means More Bike Accidents

Nicer weather in Minnesota means more people will be out on bikes for recreation or for commuting in the coming weeks and months. Drivers need to be more watchful for bicyclists, and bicyclists need to watch for inattentive drivers. Unfortunately, crashes between bikes and automobiles will happen. Bikers who are injured through the negligence or carelessness of automobile drivers may be entitled to compensation.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2007:
  • 698 cyclists who were involved in US traffic crashes that year died
  • 44,000 cyclists were injured
  • 72% of cyclist injuries occurred in urban areas
  • 64% occurred at non-intersection locations
  • 26% occurred between the hours of 5 p.m. and 9 p.m.
  • 22% of cyclist injuries occurred in June and September
  • 4 people were killed in bike crashes in Minnesota in 2007
Unfortunately, crashes between bikes and cars, trucks, or motorcycles often result in serious or even catastrophic injuries, including lower extremity injuries, head injuries, back and neck injuries, traumatic brain injuries, or spinal injuries.

A bicyclist injured as the result of the negligence or carelessness of an automobile driver may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, wage loss, pain and suffering, and loss of enjoyment of life. Meuser & Associates has successfully represented several bicyclists injured by at-fault drivers. Call us at 877-746-5680 or click here to send us an email to schedule a free consultation with one of our personal injury lawyers.

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