The Team at Schultz & Myers, LLC, Understands The Devastation Possible from Bicycle Accidents
Drivers have a responsibility to operate their vehicles safely and to look out for the safety of others. Nevertheless, drivers often fail to pay attention or to exercise due care. A collision between a motor vehicle and a bicycle can result in devastating injuries to a cyclist, including:
- Head trauma, including traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
- Back and neck injuries
- Broken bones
- Cuts and scrapes
- Dental injuries
- Lost limbs
Injuries may require a trip to the emergency room, surgery, chiropractic treatments, stitches, casts, dental treatment, physical and/or occupational therapy, and care in a rehabilitation facility or nursing home. In some cases, accidents result in injuries that have a permanent impact on a person’s ability to work, enjoy time with family and friends, and complete activities of daily living.
How Bicycle Accident Lawyers in St. Louis May Be Able to Help
A bicycle accident can have far-reaching implications for you and your family. You may be unable to work and provide for your family as a result of your injuries. You may be dealing with chronic pain, medical appointments, and a growing stack of bills. All of that may be affecting your mental health, as well as that of your family members.
The team of bicycle accident lawyers at Schultz & Myers, LLC, in St. Louis may be able to help you seek justice and financial compensation for your injuries. At Schultz & Myers, LLC, we only handle personal injury cases. Our goal is to hold negligent parties accountable for injuries that others have suffered as a result of their actions.
We work with insurance companies so our clients can focus on recovering from their injuries. If we are unable to reach a settlement that we believe adequately compensates a client for injuries, attorneys on our team are not afraid to take the case to court. Call 314-444-4444 today to talk to a member of our team about your situation and your options.
Missouri Laws Regarding Motor Vehicle Liability
All drivers operating a vehicle in Missouri must maintain financial responsibility. A motor vehicle operator may provide proof of financial responsibility in the form of a certificate of insurance, bond, certificate of deposit of money or securities, or certificate of self-insurance. Missouri residents must meet the state’s minimum liability requirements, which are:
- $25,000 for bodily injury or death to one person
- $50,000 for bodily injury or death to two or more people
- $25,000 for property damage
Residents of other states operating a vehicle in Missouri must meet the minimum requirements in their home state.
A driver who fails to maintain financial responsibility and who is involved in an accident may have his or her driver’s license and/or registration suspended.
Missouri Laws on Safe Driving
Drivers are required to exercise the “highest degree of care” to prevent injuries or death to others. In addition, Missouri law states that drivers must maintain a safe distance when overtaking a bicycle. If a driver’s unsafe actions result in a bicycle accident, the driver may be charged with a class C misdemeanor.
Despite the risks to others, many people drive too fast or allow themselves to be distracted by talking on a cellphone or texting. In a split second, reckless or careless driving can cause an accident that can have life-changing consequences.
How Missouri’s Statutes of Limitations Could Affect You
The statute of limitations to file a personal injury lawsuit in Missouri is five years. If someone who is disabled dies before the statute of limitations has expired, the person’s representatives, executor, or administrator may sue up to one year after the individual’s death.
What Bicycle Accident Lawyers in St. Louis May Be Able to Do for You
Auto insurance companies typically try to settle personal injury cases quickly. The team of bicycle accident lawyers in St. Louis with Schultz & Myers, LLC, can help you seek the compensation to which you may be entitled. We work with insurance companies to reach settlements on behalf of our clients, but if a settlement cannot be reached, we will bring a case to trial.
Personal injury lawsuits are often complicated and require a thorough investigation to uncover all the relevant facts and build a strong case. Our team can gather evidence to establish exactly what happened that contributed to your bicycle accident. In some cases, we have used advanced technology to help jurors understand how an accident occurred and to help them make decisions. If you decide to pursue legal action, we may take some or all of the following steps to build a case on your behalf:
- Interview you and witnesses to understand what happened and to identify any factors that may have contributed to the accident.
- Seek out and review any existing surveillance or cellphone videos or photos taken at or around the time of the accident to understand the events and/or conditions in the area at the time.
- Review your medical records and discuss your injuries and prognosis with your physicians, physical/occupational therapists, and other healthcare providers.
- Discuss how the accident has affected your family’s financial stability and quality of life.
Call Schultz & Myers to Discuss Your Bicycle Accident and Your Legal Options
If you were injured in a bicycle accident, you have a limited amount of time to file a lawsuit seeking compensation for your injuries. The sooner you contact the team of bicycle accident lawyers in St. Louis with Schultz & Myers, LLC, the sooner we can begin gathering evidence and working on your case. Call our office today at 314-444-4444 to speak with a member of our team.