If you have been injured in a bicycling accident, contact the St. Louis personal injury lawyers of OnderLaw, LLC to discuss your case.
Riding a bicycle is both an effective form of transportation and a great way to exercise. Bicycles are popular among people of all ages, and many cities are changing and expanding to better accommodate people who travel by bike. Even though bicyclists have the right to use the road just like any other driver, many people do not respect the rights and the safety of cyclists.
When you are on a bicycle, you cannot move as quickly as a car, which causes many drivers to be reckless while driving near or passing cyclists. Either because of carelessness or frustration, many drivers do not take the precautions they should when near a cyclist, causing critical and often life-threatening bicycle accidents. In 2018 alone, 857 cyclists died after traffic accidents.
If you or a loved one has been in a severe bicycle accident, you are overwhelmed with the stress of managing the injuries from the accident. This devastating experience is even more challenging to cope with when you know that another person is the cause of your accident.
You have the right to fight back and seek compensation if you are injured in a bicycle accident. The attorneys at OnderLaw, LLC are ready to work on your behalf, as well as offer advice and support during this difficult time.
Contact OnderLaw, LLC at (314) 963-9000 today to begin your journey towards seeking justice.
Why You Need a Bicycle Accidents Lawyer
Pursuing a lawsuit after a bicycle accident is a lengthy and challenging process. In any personal injury case, as the person injured, you are responsible for presenting evidence that the driver was at fault.
Not only does this mean that you will need a strong case to present the facts and prove liability, but you will also need to be able to fight the obstacles from the other person’s lawyer. Expect a fight back against your claim, regardless of the validity of your evidence, because it is their attorney’s job to prove they weren’t liable for your accident and injuries.
That is why you need a skilled St. Louis bicycle accident lawyer to fight for you. A seasoned lawyer knows the details of the law and the evidence that is required to prove that you deserve compensation. They will not only strengthen your case, but they know how to refute the tactics that the other legal team will try to use to discredit you.
OnderLaw, LLC offers a free initial consultation to all our prospective clients. We want you to get the compensation you’re entitled to for the losses you’re experiencing from your bicycle accident.
Call us today at (314) 963-9000 so we can seek justice for you.
Why choose OnderLaw, LLC?
OnderLaw, LLC has won countless personal injury cases for our clients, resulting in hundreds of thousands of dollars in compensation. We are dedicated to presenting the most persuasive case possible for you as we put our years of legal knowledge and experience to work for you.
Winning a personal injury case requires collecting evidence that will prove that another person is at fault for your accident. OnderLaw, LLC has the resources to gather evidence and to use it to build and present a compelling case for negotiations with insurance companies.
If these negotiations don’t result in a satisfactory settlement, then we will take your case to court.
The strategies that OnderLaw, LLC will use are both innovative and effective and will be tailored to the specifics of your bicycle accident case. You can trust that OnderLaw, LLC will work for you and with you throughout your lawsuit, so you can receive the compensation you deserve after your bicycle accident.
Bicycle Safety Laws
Many states across the U.S. have passed specific bicycle laws about the actions cyclists and other drivers must take to help prevent accidents on the road whenever possible. Cyclists fall into a class of people known as Vulnerable Road Users (VRUs).
VRUs are people on the road who do not have any exterior protection or additional safety features on their mode of transportation. The risk for VRUs is much higher for bicyclists than for people in vehicles, such as cars or trucks, and often the injuries that result from accidents involving a VRU are much more critical.
Given the risks that cyclists face while on the road, in 2005, the Missouri governor signed the Missouri Bicycle Safety Law to provide more protection and more transparent rules for vehicles to follow. Some of the provisions of this law include:
- Drivers must keep a safe distance between themselves and the cyclist when passing a bicycle
- Bicycles are not restricted to bike lanes, and they have the right to use the road as other vehicles would
- Cars may not block the bike lane, and they must yield to any cyclist if they need to cross the bike line
- Bicycles may use shoulders on the road, but they are not required to
These laws solidify the rights that bicycles have when on the road throughout Missouri. They also create a clear legal definition for punishment that drivers may face if they do not respect cyclists.
When you are riding a bicycle, you should not feel unsafe on the road, and there is legal protection against drivers who harass or antagonize cyclists. If you have been in a bicycle accident, these laws may be essential to proving your case in court.
Injuries from Bicycle Accidents
Protective gear, such as a helmet, reflective clothing, and bright lights, is essential for keeping yourself safe when you are riding a bike. However, even when you try to protect yourself from danger while cycling, you cannot prevent the reckless actions of another driver from causing an accident.
Accidents that happen while you are on a bicycle are particularly dangerous. You have very little external protection that can prevent your body from experiencing the full force of the accident. When you are in a bicycle accident, you may suffer injuries such as:
- Lacerations and bruises
- Sprains and strains
- Joint dislocation
- Broken bones
- Neck and spine injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
These are just some of the possible injuries you may experience as a result of a bicycle accident. In the most severe cases, a bicycle accident can result in a coma and even death. Depending on the extent of your injuries, you may need extensive medical treatment and ongoing therapy or assistance after the accident.
Recovery is always a long and challenging process, and this is especially true if you experience head or neck injuries that affect your spinal cord or brain. These injuries may result in long-term impairment in your mobility, communication, and reasoning skills.
Regardless of the extent of your injuries, this accident has had a detrimental impact on your life and well-being. The person who caused your injuries must be brought to justice and forced to take responsibility for the pain they have caused you.
Possible Compensation After a Bicycle Accident
The suffering you experience after a bicycle accident is three-fold: physical, emotional, and financial. During your accident, you likely experienced significant physical injuries, especially if your accident occurred at high speeds or because of a large vehicle. You may have required emergency medical services at the scene of the accident, possibly resulting in hospitalization or surgery. Even for less severe injuries, you may need physical therapy and an extended amount of time away from work for a quicker recovery.
While the physical injuries are the most apparent after an accident, you may also be struggling with the emotional impact of a bicycle injury. You may be angry at the person who caused your injury, depressed because of the impact this injury has on your life, and even afraid of getting back on your bicycle. These emotions are difficult to manage, and you may require psychological assistance to help you move forward with your life after a bicycle accident.
Both physical and emotional suffering after a bicycle accident can lead to significant financial expenses, causing unnecessary strain on your well-being and potentially negatively affecting your future.
Any treatment you receive for physical or psychological suffering comes with a price that can be extraordinary for many individuals. Additionally, lost time from work, inability to return to work, and damage to your physical property all threaten your financial future.
When you seek compensation for a bicycle accident, the price of your injury includes each of these types of suffering that you or your loved ones have experienced. Your lawyer will work with you to help you understand the extent of the impact this accident has on your life, ensuring that your lawsuit considers each of these elements.
Contact OnderLaw, LLC Today
If another person’s actions caused you or your loved one injuries in a bicycle accident, you deserve justice. No one should expect you to pay for another person’s negligence or recklessness, and compensation for your injuries will help ensure that you do not have to.
Let us start working on your bicycle accident lawsuit today by contacting OnderLaw, LLC at (314) 963-9000.