St. Louis Reported Bicycle Injuries Highest in State
Posted on August 4th, 2010 by Zane Cagle
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the St. Louis area accounts for 102 of the state’s 236 reported bicycle related accidents. St. Louis area is considered to be St. Louis City, St. Louis County and St. Charles. According to many experts the higher number of reported accidents is due to the fact that cycle advocacy groups in the metropolitan area do an excellent job of making cyclist aware that they need to report accidents to ensure documentation. Often, in many rural areas, accidents are not reported according to experts. So why is St. Louis considered a bicycle-friendly city? St. Louis received a bronze star for its efforts to make the city and roadways bicycle friendly. When awarding the star, the League of American Bicyclists consider engineering, education, encouragement, enforcement and evaluation. St. Louis received stars in education and enforcement. St. Louis also participates in National Bike to Work Day and hosts the Gateway Cup and Tour de Soulard. Columbia and Springfield also received acknowledgements for their efforts to make roadways bicycle friendly. St. Louis has bike lanes on 30 percent of the city’s roads with more on the way. However, there is controversy about possible bike bans in the St. Charles area. There are advocates for and against bicyclist and increasing bicycle lanes. Some who have experienced accidents with motorist have an opinion of caution as they have experienced serious injuries.
When a cyclist is in an accident with a car or truck, obviously the advantage is not for the person on two wheels. Serious injuries such as traumatic brain injuries, serious neurological damage, disfiguring injuries, broken bones and even death can be a result of a collision with another moving vehicle. As well, there can be serious injuries when a cyclist collides with a stationary object. Helmets are always a must and disastrous if not worn just as in motorcycle accidents.
Have you been in a bicycle related accident?
If you have been in a bicycle related accident and have sustained injuries, then you should contact a St. Louis personal injury attorney to determine if you have claims for medical cost, lost of work wages, and personal injury. Consulting an attorney soon after the accident is beneficial for a thorough investigation to occur. Contact the Cagle Law today to speak with an experienced and dedicated St. Louis personal injury lawyer about filing a personal injury or wrongful death claim. To schedule a consultation to discuss your claim, please contact the firm today at (314) 276-1681