Bicycle Accidents

Twin Cities Bicycle Accident Lawyer

I am an experienced cyclist and an attorney. I handle bike accident cases in the Twin Cities Metro, Greater Minnesota and Western Wisconsin.

If you have been injured on a bicycle, you likely have several questions about how to get the money you are owed for your medical treatments, damaged property and time missed from work. As your lawyer, I will help investigate the cause of your accident, correctly calculate the compensation you are owned, and negotiate with the insurance company on your behalf. I understand that most people don’t want to hire a lawyer as it feels confrontational or opportunistic. The fact is, having a lawyer fighting for you is the best way to protect your rights, and ensure that you are treated fairly.

Anytime someone is hurt their entire life is put on hold and they are thrown into what can be a very difficult situation. Working through the physical recovery is challenging enough, don’t make the mistake of trying to take on the insurance company on your own.

How bicycle accidents are unique

When any vehicle is in an accident, there is the potential for great bodily harm of anyone involved. However, with auto accidents there are layers and layers of protection. When a cyclist is injured, they do not have the benefit of a seat-belt, airbags, or even the actual car around them to protect them. For this reason, there are very few “minor” injuries sustained when a bicycle is involved in an accident with a car.

Beyond the obvious potential for much greater bodily harm, many bike accidents are made more complex by the fact that they involve right-of-way or “sharing the road” issues. Minnesota is a “No-Fault” state, but that does determining if a driver was responsible for your accident is still very important to your recovery process. There are cases where accident re-construction and detailed investigation of the cause of the accident are critical. Having an experienced attorney advocating for you is critical, especially in complex cases involving shared roads, intersections between bike paths and roads or designated bike lanes.

Driver Errors can lead to Bicycle Accidents

Bicycles can be difficult for drivers to see, especially if a driver is not being attentive to all of the lanes of traffic. Unfortunately, drivers tend to look for other cars and can often overlook bike lanes. It only takes one second of inattentive driving to cause a very serious bicycle accident. Some of the more common causes of bicycle accidents caused by drivers involve:

  • Cars pulling out of a driveway without looking
  • Opening a car door into a bike lane (when parked on street)
  • Running or “Rolling” through stop lights, stop signs or intersections
  • Distracted driving, texting while driving and driving under the influence.

A bicycle accident lawyer who actually rides a bicycle.

I have first hand experience with cycling in the Twin Cities and how accidents happen. In addition to being a lawyer, I am also an avid cyclist, riding both road and mountain bikes on a regular basis. I have been competing in the Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival since 1996 and have also been involved in several other races. I have personally experienced what the draft off of an 18-wheeler feels like and I am familiar with the challenges that can come from "sharing" the road with automobiles. I have had my share of close-calls and understand the level of skill and attention it takes to stay safe on trails and the road.

Don’t fight the insurance companies alone.

You can learn more about how Minnesota or Wisconsin law applies to your bicycle accident and your options for moving forward during a free initial consultation. I will answer your questions and explain to you the process and what to expect. If you decide to hire me, you do not have to pay anything up front; instead, I am paid a percentage of the settlement I obtain on your behalf, which means that if we do not win, you pay nothing.

Get Started Today

If you have been injured in a bicycle accident, Contact me online, email me at wjs@schmitzlawoffices.com or call 612.328.1438 to schedule a time to come in and talk about how to ensure you are treated fairly and get the compensation you are entitled to.