EXPERIENCED ST. LOUIS BIKE ACCIDENT ATTORNEY
Between children and active adults, there are more bikes on Missouri roads these days than ever. Even in large urban areas like St. Louis and Kansas City, more people are biking to work. St. Louis recently instituted bicycle stations in some areas of the city to facilitate the use of bicycles as a method of transportation. Unfortunately, many Missouri drivers are not yet used to watching for, and yielding to, the ever-increasing number of Missouri bicycle riders.
If you or a loved one have been injured while traveling by bicycle in Missouri, it is likely that you will have questions regarding your legal rights under Missouri law. The law office of John M. Cichelero, P.C. is experienced with these types of injury claims and will provide you with a free initial consultation for those injured in a Missouri bike accident. You can contact Mr. Cichelero directly via e-mail, or call 314-205-2886 today.
Much like in motorcycle accidents, road accidents involving bicycle riders generally are more seriously injured than those injured while occupying cars or trucks. Common sense dictates that when someone is caused to be thrown from their bike by another vehicle, that they may sustain more serious injuries once they hit the pavement.
Often the rider suffers multiple injuries that could include fractures, facial injuries, head injuries, major spinal cord injuries, and abrasions. These types of injuries deserve more substantial compensation. Missouri personal injury lawyer John M. Cichelero has almost 25 years of experience handling these types of serious claims.
CAUSES OF BICYCLE ACCIDENTS
There are many ways that one can cause harm to bicyclists on Missouri roads. It may be a car driver’s inattention, being too aggressive, or the failure to yield. Unfortunately, drivers often do not watch out for bike riders. Despite the rules of the road, they do not realize – or refuse to recognize – that the bike rider has the same rights as car drivers.
The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) has a program designed to increase the safety of bicycling on Missouri’s roadways. For example, in the St. Louis area they have implemented a program to include posting “Share the Road” signs in various locations. For more information of Missouri’s bike safety programs, click here.
FOR WHAT DAMAGES CAN ONE RECOVER?
When a victim is injured while traveling by bicycle in Missouri, he or she may have several elements of recovery for their injury. They may be able to recover for medical expenses, both past and future; lost wages or income; and pain and suffering, among other things. In a worst-case scenario, their families may be able to recover for their services for loss of life under Missouri’s Wrongful Death Statute.
In any event, recoveries for bicycle accidents can be complicated given the liability issues that frequently arise. The involvement of a Missouri lawyer may be necessary in order to obtain a fair recovery. As any St. Louis personal injury attorney knows, a factual investigation will be necessary to preserve evidence and develop the facts. The events should be preserved as quickly as possible.
HIRING A MISSOURI PERSONAL INJURY ATTORNEY
If you have suffered an injury in a bicycle accident contact attorney John M. Cichelero for a free consultation. Your case will be handled on a No Fee if No Recovery basis. If you would like to discuss your case with Attorney John M. Cichelero, please e-mail or call 314-205-2886.
He serves clients from the areas of St. Louis City, St. Louis County, St. Charles, Warren County, Jefferson County, Franklin County, St. Francois County, Washington County, Lincoln County and many other cities and counties within the state of Missouri. Mr. Cichelero also represents clients in some parts of Illinois, such as Granite City, Alton, Collinsville, Edwardsville, Fairmont City, Belleville, Shiloh, Fairview Heights, O’Fallon, and East St. Louis.