We've heard the gesture: “I'm so sorry! I didn't see you.” While the apology is nice, it does nothing to ease the pain you feel after a serious Missouri bicycling accident.
More than 50,000 bicyclists are injured in auto accidents in the United States each year, and that only includes the ones that file a police report after a trip to the hospital.
Often, the driver is at fault in a vehicle-bicycle accident. Unfortunately, it's usually the bicyclist that ends up with the big injuries. If you've been the victim of a bicycle versus car accident, you may be dealing with significant injuries such as:
- Brain damage
- Broken bones
- Injuries to internal organs
- Road rash
- Permanent injury
- Emotional trauma
The majority of Missouri auto accidents involving bicycles occur when a driver either fails to stop properly at an intersection or attempts to overtake a bicyclist. Whether the driver completely misses the bicyclist in a blind spot or misinterprets the bicyclist's speed, either scenario typically ends with the bicyclist in the hospital while the driver walks away with little to no injury.
This can be especially frustrating when it's not your fault. In fact, only 10 percent of all serious bicycle accidents are due to rider error, yet it's almost always the rider who pays for another's mistake.
You should know that “I didn't see you” does not absolve the driver of his responsibility in causing your bicycling accident injury. You still have every right to sue for compensation for:
- A trip to the emergency room
- Any required hospital stay
- Medical bills
- Required pain medication
- Transportation to and from the doctor's office
- Physical therapy
- Loss of wages
- Compensation for any permanent injury
When you've suffered a traumatic injury while riding your bike, you need the experience of a Missouri bicycling accident attorney to help you recoup the necessary damages to get your life back on track. We at the law offices of Alvin Wolff, Jr., can help.
Call us at 877-241-1020 to set up a consultation. Be sure to ask for a free copy of our book: The Total Guide for Motorcycle and Bicycle Accident Victims in Missouri.