Accidents like these are both tragic and unnecessary but fortunately they can easily be avoided. As the laws of the road have evolved over the years, so have laws concerning bicyclists being on the road. Avoiding distractions and a mutual respect between drivers and bicyclists can go a long way in ensuring the roads are safe for everyone. It's no secret that bicyclists are taking a great risk by being on the road as they are more vulnerable to injury in case of an accident.
The bottom line is when these types of accidents happen the fault can lie with both parties. Drivers need to be aware of bicyclists as much as cyclists need to respect drivers and follow the rules of the road, by maintaining proper speeds, using hand signals and not abusing the road.
The Kansas and Missouri personal injury attorneys of the Roswold Law Group express our deepest sympathies to the family of the victim in this tragic and unfortunate accident. We hope in the future, motorists as well as bicyclists will respect each other and keep the roads safer for everyone.
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