According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, bicycles were involved in more than 650 traffic accidents in 2011. The rules of Missouri roads give bicyclists many of the same rights as cars, and a careless driver who endangers their lives can be held accountable. The skilled bike accident lawyer Matt Uhrig has helped many crash victims in the Columbia area seek compensation. Do not hesitate to contact us if you have been hurt by a negligent driver while riding your bike.Missouri Bike Riders Can Protect Their Rights
A person injured in Missouri has a legal right to seek compensation from the responsible person or entity. A common way to pursue the careless actor is by filing a negligence lawsuit. All defendants who are held liable for negligence share four common characteristics.
First, a defendant must have owed the victim a duty of care. In this regard, Missouri courts have held that everyone has a general duty to protect others from unreasonable risks, which means behaving reasonably given the circumstances. Any driver in this state is subject to this duty.
Second, a defendant must have breached this duty by failing to meet the required standard of care. Some examples of a breach in the context of highway collisions might be cutting off a bicyclist, failing to yield to a bicyclist’s right of way, or simply not paying attention. Each of these behaviors has exposed another person to an unreasonable risk of harm.
A defendant also must have caused the injuries that form the basis of the lawsuit. Causation is a complicated legal concept, and the proximate cause of any accident is determined by the facts of the particular case. Generally, a defendant will be considered a proximate cause of the victim’s injuries if the harm was a foreseeable result of the defendant's actions. The injured person also must show that he or she would not have been hurt if the defendant had not acted carelessly.
A victim who successfully proves all of these first three elements must conclude their negligence claim by showing that he or she sustained actual damages as a result of the injuries. These can be objective or subjective. Damages might include lost wages from missed work, medical expenses such as hospital bills or the costs of rehabilitation therapy, property damage to the bike, or pain and suffering experienced in the crash.Discuss Your Negligence Case With a Jefferson City Accident Lawyer
Recovery from a bicycle collision can be a long journey. Medical bills, physical injuries, and mental stress are just a few of the obstacles that an injured bike rider may face. As you recover physically and emotionally, you should not need to shoulder a financial burden as well. The injury attorney Matt Uhrig has the experience and knowledge to help accident victims from Jefferson City, Columbia, and throughout Missouri seek the compensation they deserve. Let us handle the financial aspects of your crash while you focus on the healing process. To see if we can help you, call (573) 657-2050 or fill out our contact form online.