The Minnesota Lawyer Blog has a recap of recent bicycle accidents leading to injuries or death that have been in the news lately:
The negligence cases sometimes lead to lawsuits, of course. Minnesota Lawyer has reported this year on a $47,000 settlement procured by a bicyclist whose jaw was fractured and a bicyclist who procured a $45,000 settlement for a shoulder injury.
It should not be surprising that there are even some lawyers who fancy themselves specialists on these kind of cases. Minnesota Lawyer had an article last December about a California lawyer whose practice centers on bicycle cases.
At times, I’m frankly surprised there aren’t more accidents based on the large number of bikers I see blowing stop-signs at night in dark clothing. That’s a recipe for disaster.
On the flipside, it’s not uncommon to see cars on West River Road randomly hit a curb after drifting while sending a text message. There is little room for error on the shoulderless road, and that’s before road riders join the mix.
Occasionally I hear some strange whining out of the right-wing mega-commuter crowd about how bike trails are a waste of money. Think of it this way: if you coughed up for better bike commuting trails, you’d solve two problems at once: you’d get more bikes off the roads so you car will fit comfortably in the lane, and you’d probably also get a few of those rusted out liberal hippie cars held together by bumper stickers out of your way too.