Recently, the current Mayor of Sunset Hills, Missouri, was charged with striking a bicyclist in South City, St. Louis. Allegedly, the bicyclist was riding on the road when the mayor yelled at him several times out the window and then struck the bicyclist and ran him off the road. The mayor denies making contact with the bicyclist or running him off the road, but admitted to yelling at the bicyclist and agreeing that he should not have yelled. The mayor alleged the biker ran a stop sign, and this made him angry and decide to yell at the cyclist.
Accidents between bicyclists and motor-vehicles often end in injury or even death for the bicyclist. Bikers are usually only protected by a helmet, and travel much slower than motor-vehicles. There are laws created to protect bicyclists, and those laws give cyclists many of the same rights as a motor vehicle. Missouri law requires drivers use the highest standard of care while driving, which places a high burden of responsibility on the driver. It is questionable if yelling out of your window at a bicyclist is using the highest standard of care. Incidents like these should increase our awareness of the potential risk to others in operating motor vehicles.
The personal injury attorneys at Meyerkord & Kurth, LLC are experienced with bicycle and motor vehicle accident claims and can help you or someone you know who has been in an accident. We have a track record of recovering millions of dollars due to car accidents and helping clients recover from their traumatic experience. Our personal injury attorneys are licensed in Missouri and Illinois. We have logged thousands of hours on the phone with insurance companies and recovered millions of dollars for medical bills, pain and suffering, and property damage. We have over 80 years of combined experience. Please contact us at (314) 436-9958 or (800) 391-4318 for a no-obligation assessment of your potential motor vehicle case.
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