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Injured in an accident on your bike?
Cycling has risen in popularity throughout the years not only as a form of exercise or leisure activity, but also as a reliable and environmentally-friendly method of transportation. In some areas, bicycles have their own designated lanes, but there are also many areas in which bicyclists must share the road with drivers of larger vehicles such as passenger cars, light trucks and 18 wheelers. Accidents can easily occur if a larger vehicle is negligent, inattentive or performs dangerous/illegal maneuvers.
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a bicycle accident, it is in your best interests to speak with an experienced St. Louis car accident lawyer. When you have suffered a serious, catastrophic or devastating injury, it is very important that you receive the medical care that you need. With the help of an experienced lawyer, you could be able to recover compensation for any and all financial and non-financial losses caused as a result of your bicycle accident.
Missouri Bike Requirements
In order to remain safe, there are several steps a bicyclist can take. First and foremost, it is important to wear a helmet. Also, when riding at night, all bicycles are required to be equipped with a headlight on the front and a red reflector or tail light on the back. Reflective material or a light on must be placed on the moving parts of the bicyclist or bike and reflective material or lights must be put on the sides of the bike. Bike riders must also always use hand signals to let motorists know when they need to turn or stop.
Bicyclists have the same right to the road as any other motor vehicle. Bicyclists must also follow the same rules as motorists. They must obey all traffic signs and signals, ride on the right side of the road and not impede traffic. Anyone on the road must remain vigilant and extend reasonable care to ensure the safety of all drivers and passengers. The excuse may motorists use when involved in an accident with a bicyclist is that the driver never saw the bike, when in reality the driver never even looked.
Need a St. Louis bicycle accident lawyer?
Because a bicycle offers no protection and restraints, cyclists can often be severely injured while the vehicle driver only suffers superficial damage to his or her vehicle. Even slow-speed accidents can cause very severe injuries, including:
- Road rash
- Traumatic brain injury
- Spinal cord injury
- Open head injuries
- Soft tissue injuries
- Organ damage
- Penetrating brain injuries
- Wrongful Death
Negligence, dangerous driving or recklessness on the part of the vehicle operator can cause devastating injuries. If you have suffered due to someone else’s negligent or illegal actions, please don’t hesitate to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney in St Louis. Your attorney can help to get you the compensation that you deserve. You could be able to obtain damages for your medical bills, cost of repair/replacement of your bicycle and even lost wages and lost future wages, depending upon your case.
Contact an experienced St. Louis Bicycle Accident Attorney from The Cagle Law Firm today – (314) 276-1681.