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Bicycle Accidents-St. Louis Area-We're Here For You


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7/16/2015
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Bicycling is a pleasant but deceptively dangerous experience for several different reasons. A bicyclist cycles on public roads with cars and trucks, but lacks the protection that an automobile frame provides. Unlike a motorcyclist, he is unable to accelerate his way out of trouble. For these reasons, bicycle collisions with motor vehicles tend to be frequent and serious in nature, especially during the warm summer months. If you have been injured in a bicycle accident, a St. Louis bicycle accident attorney could make the difference in winning and losing in court or at the settlement table.

 

What to Do After a Bicycle Accident

 

If you are involved in a bicycle accident, you will likely be experiencing pain, fear and anger. Don’t let these emotions cloud your judgment. To the extent that your condition allows, take the following steps:

 
  • Seek immediate medical attention. Medical records may prove to be valuable evidence in the event of a lawsuit.
     

  • Contact the police and make sure that a police report is filed.
     

  • Take down the name and contact details of the driver that hit you as well as any witnesses.
     

  • Take photos of the damage to both your bicycle and yourself.
     

  • Don’t make any statements about the accident to anyone until you retain an attorney.


Personal Injury Law in Missouri
 

If you are involved in a bicycle accident in the St. Louis metro area, your case will be governed by Missouri state law, not local law. Although Missouri personal injury law is similar to the personal injury law of other states, it does contain certain distinctive features – for example, you have five years from the date of the accident to file a lawsuit (if you were under 21 at the time of the accident, you have until your 26th birthday).

 

Missouri courtsor juries will assign a “percentage of fault” for the accident to each party involved in the accident. If you were riding at night without reflectors or other lighting, for example, you will likely be found at least partially responsible for the accident. The court will then reduce the amount of your recovery by your percentage of fault.

Injuries
 

Common bicycle accident injuries include:
 

  • concussions and brain injuries
     

  • broken legs
     

  • neck injuries
     

  • paralysis
     

  • dental injuries
     

  • dislocated joints

 

Damages

 

You are entitled to recover for your present and future medical expenses, any lost income from time off work, any incidental expenses such as the cost of alternative transportation, and perhaps even legal expenses. The majority of your damages, however, could be intangible losses such as the pain and suffering you underwent as a result of the accident.

 

Seeking Assistance


In all likelihood, the party who responds to your personal injury claim will be an insurance company, not the driver that collided with you. Insurance company lawyers are professionals in the art of confrontation, and their job is to see to it that you receive as little as possible. You can fight back by retaining an experienced Missouri personal injury lawyer who knows how to handle these companies and who will aggressively pursue your interests in court and at the negotiating table. Call Alvin Wolff, Jr. at 314-241-2500 for a free consultation.


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