Spring is officially here, and as the snow melts and the days get longer, more people head outside to enjoy the warming weather. For many, this means bringing the bicycle out of storage and hitting the trails or biking to work in the morning. Unfortunately, it also means we can expect an uptick in the number of calls we get regarding personal injury suits involving cyclists. Below, we take a closer look at why cyclist injuries tend to spike during the early spring and what your options are if you’ve been involved in an accident.
Why Bicycle Injuries Spike In Early Spring
Bicycle-related injuries tend to jump in March and April in Minnesota. Here’s a few factors driving that increase.
More Cyclists On The Road – While some cyclists throw on the winter tires and bike in all four seasons, most Minnesotans only ride their bikes when the weather improves. March and April oftentimes present the first chance for that in the new year.
Limited Daylight – We did just spring our clocks forward, but we will still be gaining daylight long into the summer. There are more dark hours in March and April than there are in June and July, so drivers may have a tough time spotting cyclists on their morning commute or during twilight.
Not Used To Their Presence – This is by no means an excuse for failing to see the cyclist, but just like it is with motorcyclists, drivers are less likely to spot them early in the year before their presence is larger on the roads. Drivers need to pay extra attention as more cyclists get back on the bike paths in early spring.
Wet Conditions – Spring usually brings with it some wet weather, and that can make visibility a concern for riders and drivers. Most cyclists won’t intentionally go out in the rain, but if you get caught in an unexpected downpour, it can make it harder for vehicles to see and avoid you.
Pursuing An Injury Claim After A Cycling Accident
If you are struck by a vehicle or are injured as a direct result of someone else’s actions, you need to know that you have legal recourse. Oftentimes these types of injuries can be significant for the rider, leading to thousands of dollars in medical bills and lost wages. You need to protect your interests and those of your family by aggressively pursuing compensation.
When you’re trying to collect compensation for your cycling-related accident, it’s imperative that you have a lawyer in your corner. The driver’s insurance company will do everything in their power to limit their liability and blame you for the accident, and that can greatly affect your payday. Even if you are partly at fault for the accident, it doesn’t hinder your ability to rightfully collect what you deserve. However, if you let the other side walk all over you because you don’t have an experienced lawyer on your side, you could be missing out on a huge payday.
At Hey Workers, we have an extensive track record of winning personal injury cases involving cyclists. We know how life changing these accidents can be, and we work hard to get you every penny you deserve. Don’t let the other side or their attorneys craft a false narrative about the events that transpired. Connect with Hey Workers and let us go to work on your behalf while you focus on your family and your health.
So if you or a loved one have been injured or suffer a cycling injury this spring and you want to learn more about your personal injury lawsuit options, look no further than the talented team of lawyers at Hey Workers. We’ve won in the past, and we can do it again for you. For more information, contact us today at (844) 439-9675.