Call Our Award-Winning Firm to Recover Compensation After a Bike Crash
Given the nation’s increasing attention to personal health and the changing environment, it is no surprise that bicycles are more popular than ever. However, despite their reputation for providing good exercise and green transportation, bicycles are not without dangers.
If you have been injured due to a bike crash, call the experienced Kansas City bicycle accident attorneys at Peterson & Associates, P.C. With a proven history of claims success, you can be sure we have the expertise needed to resolve your case.
How Our Kansas City Bicycle Accident Attorneys Can Help
Determining who is at fault in a bicycle accident can be complicated. Understanding the applicable laws and knowing how to gather the right information is critical in establishing a liability claim.
Additionally, our firm can help you with:
- Collecting police reports, witness statements, and other evidence
- Finding a doctor and getting the medical treatment you need
- Negotiating a fair settlement with the negligent party’s insurance provider
- Representing your case at trial if a fair settlement cannot be reached
Recovering Compensation for Your Injuries
Based on the severity of the accident, a bicyclist may be entitled to compensation from the driver who injured them. This compensation may include:
- Damage to the bicycle or other property
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
In the tragic event of a fatal accident, the victim’s family or dependents may have grounds for a wrongful death lawsuit.
Causes of Bicycle Accidents
Bicycle accidents fall into two primary categories: those that involve automobiles and those that do not. Both can be serious, although those involving a motor vehicle tend to result in greater injury, such as head trauma.
Accidents with Automobiles
Although many cities are beginning to build special lanes and paths for bicyclists, the majority of riders find themselves sharing the roadway with cars, trucks, buses, and motorcycles. In most states, including Missouri, bicycles are considered vehicles on the road. Thus, bicyclists share the same rights and have the same responsibilities as motorists, and are also at risk of being in an accident with an automobile.
As the smallest and least visible vehicle on the road, bicycles are particularly vulnerable to today’s distracted drivers.
When the driver of an automobile is not paying attention, any of the following can happen:
- The driver may turn directly in front of a moving bicycle.
- The driver may neglect to allow adequate distance when following or passing a bicycle.
- The driver may fail to stop or yield at a traffic signal or stop sign.
- The driver may pull out of a driveway or parking lot without looking both ways.
In all of these situations, the driver is failing to follow the law and may be liable for damages incurred by the bicyclist.
Accidents Not Involving Automobiles
When an automobile is not involved, there is an assumption that a bicyclist is responsible for any accident that he or she may have.
Although this is true in many cases, liability may still come into play. When a bicycle is improperly assembled or has defective parts, for example, it may be possible to establish negligence on the part of the manufacturer or retailer.
What Our Clients Are Saying
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Team did a great job resolving my injury case- Daniel G.
They were instrumental in saving my life.- Kathy
I’m a witness to how wonderful they are as a law firm.- Larry
Peterson & Associates, P.C. heard me and made sure I was not taken advantage of.- Lee
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Choosing Our Team
Many people that have been injured in car accidents are unsure of where to start with a legal claim. Our team of highly trained lawyers can help to review the details of your crash and guide you through the process. Below, learn more about the attorneys at Peterson & Associates, P.C., their results, and contingency fees.