Many decades ago, cyclists won the right to ride on the road after a long legal battle. Now, bicycles and cars must safely share the road. Minnesota laws, specifically those found in Minnesota Statute 169.222, list the requirements that cyclists and drivers must abide by. Unfortunately, not everyone is aware of these requirements, which often leads to unsafe conditions and personal injury accidents.
If you have been involved in a bicycle accident, make sure you hire an injury attorney who understands the unique issues you face. Such an attorney must be familiar with local and state laws—and, preferably, should also be a cyclist like you. You’ll find that lawyer in Daniel J. Brazil.
In addition to being an avid cyclist and a dedicated personal injury attorney with offices in Uptown, Dan has made it a mission of his to be a fierce advocate for pedestrian and cyclist rights.
In the end, it is why Dan does this that makes him such a great choice. When asked why he puts a great emphasis on pedestrian and bicyclist advocacy and education, Dan said this:
“I would rather spend my time educating people on their rights and responsibilities so they can avoid accidents, rather than step in after a bike crash. If this means working myself out of a job, I’m all for it.”
According to current statistics, cyclists and motor vehicle drivers share equal blame for the bicycle accidents that occur. For instance, drivers might:
Often, drivers will claim they didn’t see the bike or cyclist before the accident occurred. Let’s make this clear now: Not seeing a biker who is there to be seen is not an excuse. The driver is still liable.
Causes of bicycle accidents also occur due to cyclist negligence. Some examples include when cyclists:
Oftentimes, however, cause and fault are not immediately clear. That is where it is helpful to have Minneapolis bike attorney Daniel J. Brazil by your side. He knows how to identify fault and liability, and he knows how to prepare a personal injury claim for court.
What’s more, Dan has been dealing with bicycle bias for years. With the growing number of cyclists on our roads and bike lanes in the Twin Cities, knowing you have an advocate on your side is critical to protecting your rights if you are injured.
Cyclists, know your rights and responsibilities to stay safer on the roads. Download our Minnesota bike law infographic!
Similarly, pedestrians encounter injuries where a car or other vehicle fails to see them due to inattention or distracted driving. Other pedestrian injuries result from slip-and-fall incidents due to snow or ice, poorly maintained premises or sidewalks, and negligent store owners. Dan knows how to analyze any potential claim you may have and pursue a recovery on your behalf.
Read our blog post on pedestrian rights:
Whether your injuries include simple (but painful) road rash, broken bones or much worse, a good personal injury attorney is vital to protecting your rights and maximizing the value of your recovery. Bike lawyer Daniel J. Brazil is ready and able to help you.
Don’t hesitate to call if you need help understanding the law regarding bicycle accidents. Dan is available for a free consultation and does not charge a fee unless he recovers for your case. Learn more by emailing our Minneapolis bike attorney or by calling us at 612-874-6109.