As Minnesotans, we like to take advantage of the few months we have with warm, sunny weather to get outside and be active. This typically means enjoying bicycle rides, and/or walking or running outside – especially when there are so many trails in Burnsville, Eagan, and Farmington! However, this also means potentially being on or near the same paths as vehicles. What rights do you have if you find yourself a victim of a bicyclist/pedestrian – auto accident?
You have the same rights and benefits as if you had been in a vehicle at the time of the accident yourself! Since you were hit by a vehicle, your Personal Injury Protection benefits under your auto insurance has you covered, whether you were riding a bicycle or walking/running as a pedestrian. The benefits include $20,000 in medical expenses, and $20,000 in wage loss.
Additionally, you have the right to pursue a pain and suffering claim against the at-fault driver of the vehicle’s auto insurance. This is also known as a liability claim. Under the liability claim, any property damage sustained in the accident should also be paid by the at-fault driver’s auto insurance – whether it is damage to the bicycle, your helmet, glasses, or clothing.
Please explore the Otten Law website for more information or call us at 952-736-3300 for more information.