Common Questions After A Bicycle Accident
At Rob Roe Law, LLC, we handle legal claims for bike accident survivors on a regular basis and are deeply familiar with the laws, procedures and terminology of these cases. However, we know that most people face significant uncertainty and have many questions when navigating bicycle accident claims. Here, we have answered some common questions about these cases.
What compensation can I recover after a bicycle accident?
Minnesota is a “no-fault” state, which means your own auto insurance provider must cover certain expenses if you are hurt in a cycling accident, including medical expenses and lost wages. If you do not have your own insurance or coverage through a relative, you may bring a claim against the responsible party. It is also possible to sue the responsible party for damages including medical costs, lost wages, property damages, and emotional pain and suffering.
How long do I have to bring a claim for my injuries sustained in a bicycle accident?
Under Minnesota law, personal injury claims arising from another’s negligence, such as motor vehicle accident claims, have a statute of limitations of six years. This means that accident victims have up to six years to bring a lawsuit. However, it is wise to take steps to protect your rights as soon as possible after your accident. The sooner you retain an attorney and begin pursuing the claim, the better your chances of success.
Do I need to talk to the driver’s (or other party’s) insurance company?
You are required to cooperate with your own insurance company’s investigation into your accident. However, it is important to remember that the insurer’s goal is to protect their profits by paying out as little as possible on claims. Your attorney can communicate with the insurance company on your behalf and help you protect your rights.
The driver who caused the accident wants to settle privately. Should I talk to them?
In some cases, a driver will try to settle for an accident privately to avoid reporting an accident to their insurance company and potentially seeing their rates increase. It may be tempting to resolve the issue directly with the driver, but agreeing to any settlement can have serious implications for your rights to recover compensation. It is always wise to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney before speaking with another party or accepting any settlement.
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This page provides general information, but there is no substitute for a personalized consultation about your specific accident case. To discuss your questions with an attorney during a free initial consultation, please contact us by calling 651-319-8112.