Kansas City Bicycle Accident Claims
An increased bicycling population and the construction on new biking lanes is helping Kansas City transform into a bicyclist’s hub. This comes as a welcome improvement to the infrastructure of Kansas City’s roads, which historically have not been as bicycle friendly as other cities. Fortunately, as the number of bicyclists rises, so too do efforts to make the roads safer for bicyclists in our city.
Unfortunately, bicyclists generally run a much greater risk of being seriously injured or killed in accidents than vehicle drivers do. Combined with a slower movement speed and a general lack of bicycle law enforcement, bicyclists in Kansas City may find themselves injured or killed by unaware or negligent drivers.
Because bicyclists are often protected only by helmets, the risk of injury or death is nearly 3 to 10 times higher than that of motorists. At Wagstaff & Cartmell, we see a number of personal injury cases that involve bicycle accidents each year, and our team of experienced bicycle law attorneys are available to help if you or a loved one has been seriously injured or killed while biking in Kansas City.
Who is Responsible in a Bicycle Accident?
In bicycle accident cases, liability (or who is at fault in the accident) generally refers to who the negligent party is. The driver of a vehicle may be entirely liable if he or she crashes into a bicyclist by disobeying the rules of the road, or by distracted driving.
Drivers can be negligent by speeding, failing to check their mirrors, failing to use turn signals, or driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Other actions that constitute negligence on the driver’s part include:
- Texting while driving;
- Driving in the bike lane, and
- Failing to obey traffic signals and stop signs.
Drivers have a responsibility toward bicyclists, just as they do toward other drivers. This means that they should be alert and use reasonable caution when driving around bicyclists and turning across bike lanes.
How We Can Help—Proving Negligence in Bicycle Accident Claims
If you have been injured in a bicycle accident and wish to file a claim against a driver, our job is to prove the other party acted negligently in a way that resulted in preventable injury. We work to prove this most often through the use of eyewitness accounts, police reports, and photos of the damage.
In some cases, traffic violations can help us prove negligence. If, for example, the driver was speeding shortly before the accident occurred—or if the driver ran a red light—and evidence of this traffic violation exists, that evidence may prove the driver’s negligence. If this is the case, then the driver must prove that their negligent behavior did not cause your injuries. If the driver cannot prove this, then they may be responsible for compensating the cost of your medical bills related to injuries caused by the accident, as well as for pain and suffering damages and lost wages.
As we gather evidence for your case, we will work to ensure that all measures are taken in proving that a negligent driver wasresponsible for your injuries. The financial, physical and emotional burden of sustaining a serious personal injury is more than enough to deal with on your own, so we are fully committed to working on the legal aspects on your case during this vulnerable time so that you can focus on what is most important—recovery.
Missouri Bicycle Accident Statistics
- Each year, over 800 cyclists die in traffic accidents.
- The total cost of injury and death suffered by bicyclists in the U.S. is over $4 billion each year.
- Per capita, Florida is the deadliest state for bicyclists. Missouri ranks as the 32nd safest state with regards to education, policy enforcement and planning of bicyclist-friendly laws.
- Nearly 70 percent of fatal bicycle accidents occur in urban areas.
- Three out of five at-fault drivers in bicycle collisions are never cited.
Regardless of your preferred method of transportation, your safety and wellbeing is our number one concern at Wagstaff & Cartmell. With years of experience in high-stakes litigation, we are confident that our team can help you recover while we represent your best interests in court. If you or a loved one has been injured in a bicycle, contact us today to discuss your case and begin seeking compensation for the damages sustained.