Crashes are an unfortunate reality of the cycling world. Most of us have been involved in at least one minor crash. Scrapes and abrasions are never any fun, but what do you do when you are significantly injured in a major bicycle crash? As South Dakota bicycle attorneys, we understand how upsetting it can be to be hurt doing something you love. Worse still, cyclists often are forced to handle a barrage of phone calls and questions from insurance adjusters. They may skew the facts of the crash in favor of the motorist, or may just not understand the rights of cyclists. You may feel that the odds are stacked against you. But remember, you are not alone!
With over 27 years of experience representing injured cyclists, we understand the critical steps you need to take to ensure your rights are protected under the law. So often, the law is biased against cyclists. Even though cyclists have chosen a healthy, ecologically-friendly transportation alternative, police and insurance companies do not seem to understand they have the same rights as motorists.
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When you contact emergency personnel after a bicycle crash, you set the gears in motion. The wheels of justice can either work for you, or against you. Far too often, we see that settlements to bicyclists are abysmally small, sometimes not even enough to pay basic medical bills. We consider this an insult and urge cyclists not to accept low-ball offers from insurance adjusters. This is why it is so important to have an experienced cycling lawyer working for you.
We navigate the logistics of the law and work to earn you a settlement that is fair and just based on the facts in your case. Injuries are unpleasant, and can result in lifelong pain and disability. No one should have to suffer due to the negligence of others. And cyclists deserve just as much consideration as anyone else on the road. If you have questions about your case or are interested in a free consultation, contact us today.
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Requirements for legally riding a bicycle vary from state to state. The Kass & Moses team can confidently answer your questions about the specifics of South Dakota’s bicycle laws. Below are a few rules of the road that every local rider should keep in mind:
- Vehicles must remain at least three feet away from cyclists, including while passing.
- Cyclists should stay to the right side of the lane whenever possible. Exceptions include when debris is present, when turning left, and when passing.
- Although helmets are not required, bicycles must be equipped with a headlight that can be seen from 300 feet away.
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