Working for a cyclist and a personal injury attorney I have become well aware of the dangers of bicycling on the roadways and the risk of being injured by inattentive drivers. See St Louis Bike Accident Lawyer Article, discussing common causes of bike accidents.
People toss around the phrase "this is my right" so heedlessly, that they not only forget what it actually means to have a right, but in doing so they have managed to squander the very conviction of the word. Furthermore, it appears that a strong belief in one's right primarily manifests itself when filing a personal injury lawsuit. At that time, everyone clamors about to prove their rights have been violated in some way which, in turn, caused injuries and pain and suffering so severe that it can only be healed with a Band-Aid generally made of dollar bills. Indeed, compensation may be, and typically is, the correct solution. However, having a clear understanding of one's rights is crucial to any motorist wishing to have a better chance of survival on the roads - I believe more specifically applicable to cyclists - as well as a better chance of winning your bicycle accident case.
I've been reading a great book on the legalities of bicycling, aptly named Bicycling & The Law, by Bob Mionske, J.D. In fact, Mr. Mionske summarizes this thought completely in a chapter wholly dedicated to the rights and duties of the cyclist. He states, "...duties are the flip side of rights; with rights come duties", and "your right to the road is not absolute, nor is theirs - you owe a corresponding duty to every other person not to infringe upon their right to the road, just as every person owes you the same duty."
You should know exactly what your rights and duties as a fellow driver are. You have a duty of care. This is to say that you, as a cyclist, will not impose an unreasonable risk of harm onto another person/driver. You have the duty to allow other drivers to conceivably assume that you will obey all traffic laws and not intentionally put them at risk of injury; just as you have the right to assume the same from those same drivers. As a part of this right, if another driver violates this duty of care, you may hold them liable by filing a bike injury lawsuit.
As stated in a previous blog, another principal of cycling is to know your state's laws. You can easily find Missouri's bicycle laws (http://mobikefed.org/statutes) on the web. This is only a general overview, but it is important to hire an experienced attorney when discussing specific issues such as: assumption of risk; following too closely; proper stops; intersection crashes; and bike crashes involving suspected DWI offenders, just to name a few.