According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 783 bicyclists lost their lives in accidents in 2017. Many more suffered long-term injuries that required expensive medical treatments and lengthy periods of time off work while they recovered—if they didn't become disabled.
Fortunately, you may be able to obtain compensation for your injuries caused in a bicycle accident in Kansas and Missouri if you have the help of effective legal counsel with experience handling these cases.
Why Drivers Cause Bicycle Accidents
Motorists in Kansas and Missouri have a duty to obey traffic laws and a responsibly share the road with cyclists. While they may try to point blame at the bike rider if an accident occurs, the reality is drivers are often at fault by failing to pay enough attention to what's happening around them, and not yielding the right of way to the bicyclist. Here are some of the top reasons for auto-bicycle collisions.
It usually takes someone up to 12 car lengths to stop safely if he or she is exceeding the posted limit. That doesn't necessarily include the time required to become of a potential hazard in the first place before applying the brakes. Unfortunately, the rider—who has no protection other than a helmet and his clothes—is much more likely to suffer catastrophic injuries or death if the motorist is speeding because of a greater force of impact.
Cyclists take up a fraction of the road compared to passenger vehicles and commercial trucks. When individuals are distracted by their phones, personal grooming, or otherwise not focused on driving, they might not see a rider in a sufficient amount of time to avoid hitting him.
Failing to yield
Many bicycle accidents are caused when a driver fails to yield the right of way in violation of Kansas and Missouri traffic laws. This can include failing to yield at intersections and stop signs, making a left turn or right turn without checking for a nearby rider, and pulling out of a driveway or alley in front of a rider who has the right of way.
Intoxication due to alcohol or drug use reduces a driver’s judgment, reaction time, and vision. This can make it impossible for him to see someone on a bike or respond quickly if necessary.
Not driving for weather conditions
Fog, rain, ice, and snow reduce visibility and make roads slick. A driver who fails to slow down when weather conditions require it can fail to see a nearby bicyclist, or lose control of his vehicle and slam into him.
Were You Injured In a Kansas City Metro Bicycle Accident?
Time is of the essence. To help your claim, proper evidence, witness statements, and other factors need to be gathered right away. You need to speak with an experienced bicycle accident lawyer as soon as possible. Contact us online or call our Kansas City office directly at 816.471.5111 to schedule your free consultation.