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Bicycle Accidents

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St. Louis Bicycle Accident Lawyers

Bicycle Accidents Can Be Dangerous and Even Fatal to Blameless Riders

More people than ever are turning to bicycles for their daily commutes, short errands, or even a new form of exercise. This increase in riders has, unfortunately, coincided with an increase in accidents. In 2017, 857 bicyclists were killed in accidents, a 7% increase from 2017. Injuries affect hundreds of thousands more.

In accidents between cars and bicyclists, bike riders carry most of the risk of injury. Helmets can only do so much against a collision with a heavy vehicle. Nearly 1 in 5 accidents involving automobiles result in serious injury or even death for the bicyclist.

Missouri Cycling Accident Statistics

According to statistics published by the Missouri Department of Public Safety in 2011, there were a total of 664 reported bicycle accidents statewide, resulting in 560 injuries and 1 death. Bike accidents accounted for 0.46% of all reported motor vehicle collisions throughout the state, and one person was injured or killed in a bicycle crash every 15.1 hours.

Two main causes combined to account for approximately 3 of every 4 bicycle accidents: failure to yield (39.6%) and driver inattention (32.7%). The next most common causes were running a stop sign, improper lane use, and unsafe lane changes.

Who is Liable in a Bike Accident?

When drivers get distracted, stressed or impatient, they may bend the rules of the road. Whether accidentally or on purpose, when this behavior causes someone else to be injured, they are responsible for the accident. Of course, bikers can and do cause accidents as well, but they are less likely to result in serious injury to others. When we represent a client who has been injured or lost a loved one in a bicycle accident, we help investigate the accident to learn more about the driver’s conduct and identify mistakes they may have made.

Common Bike Accident Scenarios

National studies of bicycle accidents have uncovered trends in where and how they occur. A study by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) found that 2-lane roads were host to more than half of bicycle accidents; the higher the speed and the narrower the lanes, the more serious the victim’s injuries were likely to be. Bicyclists may also find themselves in danger in any intersection: whether entering the road from a driveway or sidewalk, crossing an intersection where cars often turn, or getting trapped by a short stoplight. Driver inattention coupled with bicyclists’ smaller profiles are a recipe for a dangerous accident.

Hit-and-Runs

In 2016, the AAA Foundation for Traffic Security recorded 2,049 total fatalities from hit-and-run accidents. This is the highest number in recorded history and a 60% increase over the number of hit-and-run deaths in 2009. Sadly, pedestrians are bikers are at a higher risk than drivers; they have constituted nearly 2 in 3 deaths in these accidents. When hit-and-runs cause high-force and/or disabling injuries, the victim may not even be able to contact 911 for the help they need. Their condition may get worse with every extra minute they are forced to wait.

Contact Us As Soon As Possible After a Bicycle Accident

We have over 80 years of combined experience and our St. Louis bike accident attorneys have a proven track record of success in recovering compensation for our clients. We can investigate the accident to find evidence to prove that the driver is at fault and will negotiate on your behalf with the insurance company over the value of your claim, even going to court if necessary to recover the amount you deserve.

Let us put our skill and experience to work for you! Call our firm at (800) 391-4318 today or use our online contact form to schedule your free consultation.

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