When asking the question, “Who pays my bills after a bike crash?” the answer is often, “It depends.” In Minnesota, the rules of no-fault insurance apply to any crash with a motor vehicle. This means you must first look to your own auto insurance company.
For example, if a biker is injured in an automobile accident and has injuries that are treated in the emergency room, the emergency room treatment bill should be paid by the injured person’s automobile insurer. In other words, the injured person’s insurer is required to pay the treatment bill without regard for who is at fault for the accident.
However, certain exceptions apply, especially in the case of a biker who doesn’t have an auto insurance policy.Read more
You’ve been hurt in a bike crash. You need medical care and you need money to repair or replace your bike. You know you need to turn to your insurance provider to get the money you need. But doing so comes with many hidden dangers that could result in you not getting most or any of the funds you are due under your policy. The best way to move forward, then, is to know what you should and should not say to your insurer after a crash.Read more
Last Thursday the Bicycle Coalition presented a Coffee Hour hosted by Dan Brazil, a personal injury lawyer known as the Minneapolis Bike Attorney. Lots of folks turned up for the event and we gathered at the Angry Catfish Bicycle and Coffee Bar.
In case you missed it, we live tweeted the event while Dan answered some of the burning questions folks had.Read more
One of the most common questions that lawyers get from bike accident victims is this: How do I cover the costs of bike repairs and medical bills? It’s a complex question because the answer is different in every situation.Read more
Bicycling is on the rapid rise in the Twin Cities. Community efforts have led to great progress in creating more bike lanes and protected bikeways. Motorists are increasingly aware of their obligation to share streets and roadways. Still, car-vs-bike collisions and other bicycle crashes are far too common.
Do you know what to do if you're involved in a crash?Read more
Members of the BAC committee listen to the crash report presentation
The most comprehensive study involving bicycle crashes in Minneapolis was previewed at last week’s Bicycle Advisory Committee (BAC) meeting. The data covers reported crashes during the period of 2000-2010. “It’s some of the best data we've seen in the country,” noted BAC chair Nick Mason.
Here are some highlights from the presentation by Simon Blenski of the Public Works Department, who worked on the report:
The overall crash rate has gone down significantly from 2000 (10%) to 2010 (3%), despite the sharp increase in the number of bicyclists during that same period.
4 out of 5 crashes occur near intersections.
The peak time for crashes is summer, weekdays, and late afternoons, when light is plentiful.
Most crashes occur when the weather is generally clear and the roads are dry.
Most crashes are with an automobile, not a truck, bus, or taxi. However fatal crashes generally occur on wet roads or in rainy conditions, involve a large truck, or an impaired/aggressive driver.
Who’s at fault? Generally both bicyclists and drivers. For drivers, the most common cause was when they did not see or yield to bikes. For cyclists, it’s when they did not behave in a predictable manner.
Generally, most crashes occurred on the city’s busiest streets, and near the busiest intersections.
More to come
It’s easy to try and draw conclusions when looking at this bulleted list, but I urge caution; it’s just a few high-level notes. The BAC committee merely viewed a short presentation and does not have the report itself.
In the coming months, they will be diving into the data and sharing the findings.
Harmon Place, Portland Avenue and other meeting tidbits
The BAC formally recommended bike lanes should be incorporated into the repaving plan for Harmon Place as a better use of the right-of-way, and a quieter alternative to that stretch of Hennepin Avenue. It’s also in line with the City’s adopted Bike Master Plan.
The Portland Avenue resurfacing project plans to end the bicycle connection at 60th street. The committee formally recommended the connection continue all the way to Highway 62, to better connect with Richfield’s bike routes. This recommendation is also compatible with the Richfield and Minneapolis master bike plans.
Hennepin county and the Met Council also have bicycle committees. To get in better sync, the BAC passed a resolution to encourage the City Council to add a Hennepin County staff member as an official member of the Minneapolis BAC.