Rolla, Missouri Bicycle Accident Attorneys
Lawyers seek compensation for cyclists struck by cars and trucks
Whether you’re riding to work or enjoying yourself, bicycling is a healthy way to travel. However, a careless person behind the wheel of a car or truck could change things in an instant. At Williams, Robinson, Rigler & Buschjost, P.C. in Rolla, we are knowledgeable Missouri personal injury attorneys who work diligently to recover appropriate compensation for people hurt in bicycle accidents. We understand how severe the damage can be for a cyclist who has little or no protection against injury and strive to maximize the payment victims receive in a settlement or trial award.
Top causes of bike accidents in Missouri
Our accomplished litigators will investigate what happened in your case to find the contributing causes. Factors that often lead to cycling accidents include:
- Road obstructions
- Drivers under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Debris or unsafe surfaces that force bikers to swerve into traffic
- Distracted motorists
- Pedestrians or animals unexpectedly entering the cyclist’s path
Careless drivers and their insurance companies might try to reduce their exposure by unfairly shifting the blame for the crash onto you. You can count on us to push back against unsupported defenses so that those who caused the collision can be held accountable.
Common bicycle accident injuries
People who get into an accident while riding their bike could suffer all types of injuries. Some of the most common injuries associated with these cases are:
- Broken and fractured bones
- Concussions and other types of traumatic brain injuries (even when a helmet is worn)
- Internal organ damage
- Lacerations and skin abrasions
Working with an experienced personal injury lawyer in Rolla will help you understand the type of financial recovery you can expect to address your medical expenses, lost income and the pain and suffering stemming from your bicycle accident. We are determined to secure the amount you deserve and to hold the liable parties accountable.
Bicycle accident deaths in Missouri
Given the stark difference in the size and weight of the vehicles, collisions between a bicycle and a car can result in the rider’s wrongful death. In these cases, we represent bereaved family members in claims against negligent motorists. Plaintiffs can cover damages to address funeral expenses, income the decedent would have earned and the loss of companionship suffered by loved ones due to the untimely fatality.
How bicycle accidents should be avoided
Even today, some drivers of cars and trucks are not conditioned to share the road safely with bicycles. Behind the wheel, a person might shift focus to their cell phone or another distraction, confident of their ability to notice a vehicle in their peripheral vision. Unfortunately, a bicycle is much harder to see for a motorist not paying proper attention. Laws do exist to protect bike riders, but not every driver is aware of them, so if you’re on a bicycle, you should be vigilant.
Where do most bicycle accidents happen?
Intersections are particularly dangerous for bicycle riders as drivers who are not paying careful attention might be looking onto the road where they’re turning rather than checking for a bicycle. Even a cyclist who is properly stopped at traffic light could be struck if a distracted motorist is only looking for a car or truck out of the corner of their eye. While some streets have dedicated bike lanes, riders who must travel on busy roads are more likely to be struck, especially if the thoroughfare has no shoulder.
Contact a proven Rolla bicycle accident lawyer for a consultation
Williams, Robinson, Rigler & Buschjost, P.C. advocates on behalf of Missouri bicycle accident victims. To set up a meeting with a proven attorney regarding your legal options, please call 573-458-5200 or contact us online. Our office is in Rolla.