Bicycle Accident Lawyer St. Paul, MN
Were you injured while riding a bicycle in St Paul MN? Do you believe it was the actions of another person that caused you to crash? If so you may have the right to file a personal injury claim against the liable party.
Although it is possible to do so on your own, it is not advisable and could result in setbacks, minimal compensation, or a denial of a claim. A bicycle accident lawyer not only has the experience necessary to fight for maximum compensation, but can also guide you through the process while protecting your rights the entire way through. To speak with a bicycle accident lawyer from Johnston | Martineau PLLP immediately, please call us now.
Who We Help
Our firm places a great emphasis on the protection of cyclists. For years we have been helping injured bike riders recover monetary compensation for their losses such as medical costs, rehabilitation, lost wages, pain, suffering, and more. Our bicycle accident lawyers have helped:
- Injured adult cyclists
- Injured bicycle couriers
- Injured children
- Injured passengers on a bike (i.e. bike trailers, bike carriers, etc.)
- Injured cycling racer
- Injured bike tour guides
Having handled a large number of bike accident claims and lawsuits, we have found that most of these collisions are the result of negligence on part of another driver, a pedestrian, a road obstacle, or a government entity. Reasons for a bicycle crash can include, but is not limited to:
- Distracted driving
- Driving under the influence
- A road obstacle
- Merging into a lane
- Pulling out of a driveway, road, or parking lot
- A chasing dog or animal
- A malfunctioning part
One wrong move can have serious, if not fatal, consequences. The injuries sustained can be mild to moderate, severe, or life-threatening. It could take months to recover and even then, you might never feel the same. With a bicycle accident lawyer on your side, you can feel confident in knowing your rights will be fully protected.
What You Should Do Following an Accident
What you do, or fail to do, after a bicycle collision could impact your entire case. Following your accident, you should consider these steps:
Call Emergency Services: There’s a good chance someone at the scene, if not you, will call 911. If you are coherent and believe your injuries to be minor, it is advisable to get medical attention immediately. It is possible to have injuries that are asymptomatic; such as, internal bleeding or a concussion.
Document the Scene: If you are physically able, make an effort to document the scene. Take pictures of your injuries, the bicycle, car(s), and the surrounding environment. You cannot have enough pictures.
Avoid Making a Recorded Statement to the Insurance Adjustor: Most insurance companies will contact the injured cyclist within 24-48 hours. At this time, there is a good chance you will be in pain and vulnerable to cleverly worded questions or offers. Although you may need to let your own insurance company what happened, you should avoid making a formal statement or signing anything without speaking to a St. Paul MN bicycle accident lawyer.
Do Not Admit Fault: Even if you think the accident was partially your fault, you should avoid taking any responsibility.
Consult a Bicycle Accident Lawyer: There are many different kinds of lawyers, but in the case of a bike accident, you should choose a law firm and lawyer who handles these specific types of collisions.