Few accidents result in injuries as devastating as those involving a bicycle. A bicyclist is no match for an oncoming car. Bike vs. car accidents can lead to serious and debilitating injuries, if not a wrongful death. If you or a loved one has been hit while cycling, it is crucial that you contact a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. Our Rochester attorneys assist those who have been injured in such accidents and our firm has been serving the community since 1988. Don’t risk entrusting your future to less-experienced counsel. Contact our office today to speak with a lawyer. We also serve Austin-Albert Lea, other parts of Minnesota, and victims in Iowa and Wisconsin.
Bicycle accident lawyers helping residents of Rochester, and Austin-Albert Lea
Bicycle accidents can result in serious injuries. These include paralysis, spinal damage, head trauma, and more. A victim may be entitled to compensation for past and future medical expenses, past and future lost wages, and pain and suffering. The defendant may attempt to claim the victim was actually at fault for the accident. Fortunately, Minnesota recognizes the concept of comparative liability. This rule allows a victim to be compensated for their injuries as long as they were no more than 50 percent responsible for the accident.
The first step in a bicycle accident case is to ascertain the extent of a victim’s damages. This can take a significant amount of time as it is necessary to know about future medical care required and how much it will cost and the ability (if any) of the victim to return to work. Once a victim’s damages are known the attorney will send a demand for payment to the defendant’s insurance carrier. If the carrier does not respond with a fair settlement offer it may be necessary to file a lawsuit. Defendants often claim the victim was at fault. They may claim the victim veered into the car’s lane, did not signal for a turn, or behaved negligently. Counsel will use discovery (the process by which information is gained from plaintiffs and defendants) to build a case on a victim’s behalf. If necessary, the case will resolve at a trial where jurors will decide the issues of fault, comparative negligence, and damages. This is a highly complicated process and it is important to retain an experienced attorney.
Jim Suk is a Rochester personal injury lawyer who aggressively protects the rights of bike accident victims. Jim founded our firm in 1988 and since then, we have recovered more than $100 million on behalf of our clients. Once a client retains our firm, we immediately contact the defendant’s insurance carrier to deal directly with them. We also set up an online portal so we can obtain your medical records. Once your damages are ascertained we will send a demand letter to the insurance carrier. If the insurance company does not make a fair settlement offer, we do not hesitate to file a lawsuit on your behalf. Our discovery efforts will focus on identifying witnesses to the accident, obtaining any video footage that may have captured the accident, obtaining the defendant’s cell phone records (to determine if they were driving while distracted) and more. We will make sure you are prepared for trial, and know what to expect as your case proceeds, and that your rights are protected throughout the process. This is a challenging time in your life and we will take it seriously. Contact us today.
We also serve the following southeast Minnesota cities: Red Wing, Winona, Mankato, Austin, Albert Lea, and Owatonna, as well as the cities of Minneapolis, St. Paul, Duluth, and Bloomington. We also serve the Iowa cities of Mason City, Charles City, Osage, Spencer, Garner, Forest City, and Northwood and the Wisconsin cities of La Crosse, Onalaska, Sparta, Viroqua, River Falls, Ellsworth, Whitehall, and Black River Falls.
Rochester lawyers providing regular communication to those who have been injured on a bicycle
You are likely concerned about your future if you have been injured on a bicycle. The last thing you need is a lawyer who doesn’t stay in contact with you. Our firm makes communication a priority. We quickly respond to phone messages and emails, and will answer your questions as soon as possible. We understand the importance of making sure our clients receive quality service. We take this responsibility seriously.