Bicycle & Pedestrian Injuries
When you get out your bike and head into town on a Sunday morning, the last thing on your mind is worrying about being hit by a motor vehicle. Furthermore, as you walk to work, to school, to a friend’s house, to the grocery store, you don’t usually think about what could happen if a car accidentally side swipes you. However, the truth of the matter is, bicycle and pedestrian injuries happen on a daily basis, and, in some instances, they can be deadly. In fact, recent statistics suggest that almost 5,000 pedestrians are killed every year in the United States and over 60,000 are injured in road accidents.
Bicycle and Pedestrian Injuries
There are a number of factors that could contribute to bicycle and pedestrian injuries. The inadequate space on the road could be to blame as could the poor weather and driving conditions. Speeding, driving under the influence, fatigue and driving while on a phone can also greatly impact the number of pedestrian and bicycle injuries. Furthermore, disobeying the traffic signs, such as failure to yield, speeding in residential areas, failure to come to a complete stop and failure to stop at a crosswalk, all result in pedestrian and bicycle accidents. Whatever the reason for your injury, it is important that you are given a chance to tell your side of the story and get the compensation you deserve.
Common Pedestrian and Bicycle Injuries
There are a number of injuries and problems you may incur if you have been hit by a motor vehicle while on a bicycle or walking. Because you are not in a vehicle, you do not have this added protection, and thus the damage can be life altering, tragic, and, in some cases, deadly. Typical injuries and suffering include:
- Broken bones
- Dislocated joints
- Nerve damage
- Brain damage
- Permanent disability
- of limbs
- or neck trauma
Of course, these are only the physical suffering incurred. It is also important to consider the mental anguish and emotional suffering as well as the financial burden a pedestrian or bicycle personal injury can cause. After all, rehabilitation and medical relief is expensive and you may not be able to work or support your family while recovering.
Minnesota Bicycle and Pedestrian Injury Lawyer
Bicycle and pedestrian injuries can often be hard to prove in a court of law. Often they may be the result of a hit and run, or there are no witnesses around to help with the case. However, there is other evidence and factors you need to consider when it comes to bicycle and pedestrian personal injury lawsuits. The team at Helgen and Helgen Law Firm have years of experience with these type of personal injury case and know exactly what is needed to ensure you get the legal compensation you deserve.
Do not suffer in silence just because you are overwhelmed by the legal system. Contact us today by filling out a form on the side of the page or by calling our office at 763-717-4811.