If you or a loved one has suffered injuries, property damage or other financial losses due to a bicycle accident in St. Louis, MO, you may qualify for compensation for your losses. Contact a St. Louis bicycle accident lawyer from TorHoerman Law for a free, no-obligation case consultation today.
Contrary to popular belief and unlike pedestrians, bicyclists do not have the right of way at an intersection. Like motorists, bicyclists must follow the same rules of the road. If the light is red, a bicyclist must stop and wait for the light to turn green. If turning, hand signals are required, just as a turn signal would be required on a motorized vehicle. Prior to riding a bicycle, it is important to know that the same rules of the road must be followed. It is important not only for your safety but for the safety of those around you, too.
Even if you were partly at fault for the accident, you can still pursue compensation for the losses you sustained as a result of the accident. Missouri recognizes the legal “comparative negligence” practice which means that if you are 10% liable for an accident, you can still receive compensation minus the 10% you were at fault. It is important to contact a bicycle accident attorney St. Louis immediately to discuss your options further.
Bicycles are non-motorized vehicles meaning they do not qualify under current drinking and driving laws. However, we strongly recommended you do not ride a bike while drinking as you could seriously yourself and others in the process. It is also possible to receive a public intoxication ticket from local law enforcement.
As mentioned before, accidents involving bicycles often result in serious injuries because the bicyclist is unprotected from the elements. Specific injuries that can be the basis of a personal injury lawsuit can include, but are not limited to:
Bicycle accidents can be complicated and stressful situations to deal with if you are not prepared. By following a series of steps, you will ensure everything is handled properly and efficiently.
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“Bicycling Safety in St. Louis.” St. Louis MO GOV, Mayor Lyda Krewson, www.stlouis-mo.gov/government/departments/street/streets-sidewalks-traffic/bicycling/biking-basics-in-st-louis.cfm.
“Drivers Guide to Bicycling.” Missouri Bicycle and Pedestrian Federation, Missouri Bicycle and Pedestrian Federation, mobikefed.org/sites/default/files/drivers-guide-to-bicycling.pdf.
Hugh, Brent. “Missouri Cities/Counties with Bicycle Helmet Laws.” Missouri Bicycle and Pedestrian Federation, Missouri Bicycle and Pedestrian Federation, 28 June 2011, mobikefed.org/2011/06/missouri-citiescounties-bicycle-helmet-laws.
“Missouri State Statutes Regarding Bicycles.” Missouri Bicycle and Pedestrian Federation, Missouri Bicycle and Pedestrian Federation, mobikefed.org/files/bicycle-statutes-flyer.pdf.
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