St. Louis Bicycle Accident Lawyer

Were you injured in a bicycle accident in St. Louis, MO? If so, you need an aggressive lawyer with a proven track record who can get started on your case right away. That’s why Schultz & Myers Personal Injury Lawyers should be your first call after your bike crash.

We’ve recovered over $50 million in verdicts and settlements for our clients over the years, including numerous awards of over $1 million. We always put our clients first, and we are committed to holding negligent parties responsible so that you get the compensation you deserve.

Call our St. Louis bicycle accident lawyers today for a free consultation at (314) 444 4444

How Schultz & Myers Personal Injury Lawyers Can Help After a Bicycle Accident in St. Louis

How Schultz & Myers Personal Injury Lawyers Can Help After a Bicycle Accident in St. Louis

You deserve a top-rated legal team that knows how to stand up for you when the insurance companies try to hold back or deny you what you’re owed. That’s what you’ll get when you hire our personal injury lawyers in St. Louis.

We win big for our clients – that’s why we’ve earned honors such as: 

  • Best Lawyers in St. Louis (St. Louis Magazine)
  • Selected for Super Lawyers list
  • Missouri’s Winningest Law Firm (Missouri Lawyers Weekly)
  • AV-rated by Martindale-Hubbell (its top rating)
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers (National Trial Lawyers)
  • Membership in the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum

When you hire our award-winning trial attorneys to handle your case, we’ll:

  • Investigate the accident and determine why you got hit
  • Review accident and medical reports to look for evidence to support your case
  • Consult with medical experts to get a complete picture of your injuries and calculate your damages accordingly
  • Handle all administrative aspects of your case
  • Negotiate with insurance companies for a fair settlement
  • Take your case to trial if the insurance company refuses to recognize the value of your claim

We often settle claims successfully without the need for litigation, but we are always prepared to take a case all the way to a verdict. That means we will never push you to accept a settlement that’s less than fair. Call our St. Louis, Missouri law office for a free case evaluation today.

How Common Are Bicycle Accidents in St. Louis?

Cycling is becoming more popular in St. Louis, but that doesn’t mean it’s without risk. Improvements to multimodal infrastructure and the resulting increases in pedestrians and cyclists aren’t always welcomed by automobile drivers.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, there were 578 accidents involving pedalcycles or motorized bicycles in Missouri in 2020. That’s more than one every day.

In St. Louis City, 58 cyclists were involved in accidents in 2021. There were no fatalities, but 48 people were injured.

In St. Louis County, 64 cyclists were hit. One person died, and another 52 were injured. That’s on par with historical data collected from 2011-2015, which shows that 83% of bicycle crashes during that time resulted in injuries.

What is My St. Louis Bicycle Accident Case Worth?

It’s impossible to guess what your bicycle accident case is worth – each case is unique and depends on a number of factors.

Some questions we’ll ask to help determine the value of your case include:

  • What are your injuries?
  • Did you have to take time off work?
  • If you missed work, are you expected to be able to return in the same capacity? After how long?
  • Were you in any way at fault for the accident?
  • Were you wearing a helmet?
  • Are you permanently disabled?
  • Do you have family members who rely on your income?

Depending on the specifics of your case, there may be other questions that help us determine how much your case is worth. The bottom line is that it could be anywhere from thousands to over a million dollars – and we’ll always work hard to recover the maximum possible award.

What Kinds of Damages Are Available to St. Louis Accident Victims?

Most personal injury cases include economic and non-economic damages. These are both referred to as compensatory damages because they compensate you for your losses related to the accident.

Economic damages cover tangible expenses related to your accident, such as:

  • Medical bills
  • Lost wages
  • Loss of earning capacity
  • Modifications to your home or vehicle to accommodate physical limitations
  • Medication
  • Home medical equipment, such as crutches or wheelchairs
  • Home nursing care
  • Physical therapy
  • Vocational rehabilitation
  • Psychological counseling
  • Property damage

Non-economic damages are less concrete and don’t have a specific dollar value. 

They are things that affect your overall quality of life, like:

  • Physical pain
  • Emotional trauma
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Loss of enjoyment of life activities
  • Loss of consortium

In rare cases, you might be able to seek punitive damages. Unlike compensatory damages, punitive damages punish the defendant for egregious conduct and deter others from doing the same.

Can I Recover Compensation If I’m Being Blamed For a Bicycle Accident in Missouri?

If you’re involved in a bicycle crash, be prepared to be blamed. Cyclists are constantly blamed for getting hit by cars. While you should certainly do your part to ride safely, drivers of automobiles have a responsibility to share the road.

However, if you are partially at fault, you likely can still recover some compensation. Just be aware that Missouri’s pure comparative fault law provides a reduced award based on the proportion of the accident caused by your own negligence. If you were 20% at fault, your award may be reduced by 20%.

We’ll Fight to Recover Compensation For All of Your Bicycle Accident Injuries

Unfortunately, cyclists often suffer severe injuries when they’re involved in a crash – for obvious reasons. Most accidents are with cars, and bikes have no protection. Even at slow speeds, a passenger car is no match for a bicycle.

We routinely help clients recover compensation after suffering:

We know you may need long-term medical care, and we take all future expenses into account when calculating damages. Always seek medical attention as soon as possible after your accident – for your physical well-being, but it’s also important for your case. If you wait too long to seek medical care, you could be vulnerable to arguments that you weren’t really hurt.

What Causes Most Bicycle Accidents in St. Louis, MO?

While there can be the occasional freak accident, most accidents are caused by someone’s negligence. Most often, it’s the negligence of a motor vehicle driver. Drivers of cars or trucks often don’t see cyclists or refuse to give them enough room.

Many bike crashes happen because of:

  • Aggressive driving
  • Cars refusing to give cyclists enough space
  • Negligent left-hand turns
  • Dangerous right-hook maneuvers
  • Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Distracted driving
  • Dooring 

Our St. Louis bicycle accident attorneys will help you identify the cause of your crash by investigating your accident and gathering evidence.

How Do I Prove Negligence After a Bicycle Accident in Missouri?

Although sometimes things like defective products or poor road design can cause a bike wreck, most accidents are caused by negligence. Negligence is the legal theory that allows injured victims to recover compensation when they’re injured because of someone’s careless conduct. 

To prove negligence, you must prove all four of the following elements:

  • Duty: the defendant owed you a duty of care
  • Breach: the defendant breached the duty of care
  • Causation: the defendant’s conduct resulted in your injuries
  • Damages: you suffered actual damages as a result of the defendant’s action or inaction

You must present evidence to prove each element by a preponderance of the evidence. This is a less strict standard than for criminal cases, and it basically means you have to show that it’s more likely than not that the defendant’s conduct caused your injuries.

Common evidence used to prove a negligence claim includes:

  • Eyewitness or party testimony
  • Medical records
  • Expert testimony
  • Paystubs 
  • Police or accident reports
  • Video footage from traffic or dashboard cameras

We have access to a trusted network of experts who can analyze the accident scene, testify about your injuries and expected level of recovery, and estimate your expected loss of lifetime earnings. We cover everything to present the strongest possible case for your maximum financial award.

How Long Do I Have to File a Lawsuit After a Bicycle Accident in Missouri?

You’ll typically have five years to file a personal injury lawsuit. Wrongful death lawsuits must be filed within three years. That’s longer than in some other states, but you don’t want to get close to the five-year deadline before consulting an experienced St. Louis personal injury attorney.

The sooner you contact a lawyer after your accident, the better chance you’ll have to get the maximum compensation available in your case. Witnesses are more likely to remember what happened soon after the accident, and they’re more likely to be accessible. Pre-filing investigations can take a while, so set yourself up for success by securing legal representation early in the process.

Contact Our St. Louis Bicycle Accident Lawyers For a Free Consultation

If you were injured or lost a loved one in a cycling accident in St. Louis, Schultz & Myers Personal Injury Lawyers will help hold the negligent party responsible and help you get the compensation you deserve.

We have a long history of winning substantial financial awards for our clients: we’re up to $50 million (and counting). Call today for a free consultation.