If you have been injured in a bicycle accident in the St. Louis area and need a personal injury lawyer to help you seek compensation for your injuries, contact the Law Offices of Wolff & Wolff as soon as possible at 314-584-4109 or 314-584-4105. Our attorneys enjoy decades of combined experience representing victims of bicycle accidents who have been injured by someone else’s negligence.
Frequently Asked Questions about St. Louis Bicycle Accidents
Can I recover compensation even if I was not actually hit by a motorist?
Yes, you can. Your legal entitlement to compensation depends on whether or not the motorist negligently caused the accident, not on whether or not he actually hit you. You may have swerved to avoid an oncoming car and hit a street lamp, for example, or you may have steered into a curb and been thrown from your bike. Alternatively, your accident may have been caused by an aggressive dog who should have been leashed by its owner, or by a manufacturing defect in the bicycle itself.
Do I have to file a lawsuit to receive compensation?
It depends. Although most bicycle accident claims are settled out of court, a stubborn defendant might force you into court by refusing to offer an adequate settlement. Filing a personal injury lawsuit, however, might just motivate the defendant to settle with you before the trial even begins. Many clients ask us if they can be compensated for their medical bills because they did not have health insurance at the time of the accident. We can help you with this concern and can also assist you in getting proper healthcare from a doctor that is willing to work on a lien basis.
How much compensation am I entitled to?
Although compensation varies from case to case, be aware that if you were hospitalized, it is possible that you will be entitled to considerably more than simple reimbursement for your medical expenses. Depending on your circumstances you may be entitled to compensation for lost work time, pain and suffering, and other forms of compensation.
Is compensation available if the victim died in the accident?
Yes. Under Missouri’s wrongful death statute, certain close relatives of a deceased bicycle accident victim can file a lawsuit against a negligent defendant who caused the accident. Compensation tends to be of similar magnitude to a personal injury claim and can include compensation for emotional suffering.
Why Bicycle Accidents Can be Catastrophic
Bicycles are small and easy to miss. Especially on roads dominated by automobiles, car, truck and SUV drivers often fail to look out for bicycles. Nevertheless, motorists are obligated to watch out for any type of vehicle that might be on the road, and they can be held legally liable if they don’t.
Bicycle accidents often result in catastrophic injury or death because a bicycle offers its rider even less protection than a motorcycle does. The more serious the accident, the more complex the case is likely to be, resulting in the need for an experienced personal injury or wrongful death lawyer to guide you through the legal minefield that you are likely to face.
Houston, Texas is a city in which there are a number of bike accidents. Our friend, Mario Madrid, known as one of the best Houston car accident lawyers, has expressed bike accidents are on the rise in cities throughout the southeast. If you need legal representation after a bicycle accident or a bike vs auto accident contact us today.
Contact the Experienced St. Louis Bicycle Accident Lawyers at Wolff & Wolff
All law firms are not created equal. When seeking compensation for a serious bicycle accident, you need a St. Louis personal injury or wrongful death lawyer with the experience and connections to help you obtain every penny that you are entitled to. We thoroughly understand Missouri personal injury and wrongful death laws as they relate to bicycle accidents, and our attorneys are savvy negotiators and litigators who are fully capable of representing your interests either in court or at the settlement table. Contact the Law Offices of Wolff & Wolff at 314-584-4109 or 314-584-4105 for a free initial consultation and evaluation of your case.