More bicycle riders were killed in 2018 than in any year since 1990. Although there are more bicyclists on St. Louis streets than ever before, many drivers still refuse to share the road with them. This refusal is the root cause of most Missouri bicycle crashes. Rider exposure is another reason for the high fatality rate. During crashes, bicyclists have basically no protection from oncoming cars.
This combination of factors usually allows St. Louis bicycle accident lawyers to obtain maximum compensation in these cases. This compensation usually includes money for economic losses, such as medical bills, and noneconomic losses, such as pain and suffering.
Kinds of Accidents
Bicycle accidents can happen under any circumstances. However, most involve negligent drivers who are turning left or right.
When drivers wait to make left turns against traffic, they often do not see small and slow-moving bicycles. This is especially true since most riders stay near the curb. So, when they think they see a break in traffic, they shoot through that gap and smack into the helpless bicycle rider.
Cars making right turns are almost as dangerous. Frequently, when motorists turn right, they only look to the left. As a result, they often do not see bicyclists to their right who, as mentioned, usually hug the curb.
Intersection collisions are common as well. Although the same right-of-way rules apply to motor vehicles and bicycles, many drivers always assume they have the right-of-way.
Types of Injuries From Bike Accidents
Head injuries and nerve injuries are the most common kinds of bicycle accident wounds. Both kinds of injuries are usually permanent.
Thin bicycle helmets offer excellent protection against accidental fall injuries. But they offer little protection in a high-speed collision. Furthermore, the motion alone could cause a brain injury. When people fall, their brains slam against the insides of their skulls.
This same motion also often causes nerve injuries. When people fall, they usually extend their arms to break their falls. As a result, the nerves in the brachial plexus area under the arms frequently snap. This injury can cause permanent paralysis.
Bicycle accidents often cause serious injuries. For a free consultation with an experienced bike accident lawyer in St. Louis, contact Schultz & Myers, Personal Injury Lawyers. We routinely handle matters in St. Louis and the state of Missouri.
Bike Accident Injuries FAQs
How does a bicycle crash cause a nerve injury?
When people fall, the landing often snaps brachial plexus nerves under the arms.
How can I improve my visibility as a bicyclist?
Some riders stay close to the traffic lane and wear bright helmets or reflectors.
When do most bicycle accidents happen?
Most of these accidents happen on weekdays immediately before and immediately after school.