Injury law firm, Sansone / Lauber, is a long time supporter of the Missouri Bicycle and Pedestrian Federation; they are the major player in Missouri to help make laws for the safety of cyclists and pedestrians. To see the importance of this cause read St Louis Bike lawyer artilce about bike safety in Missouri: Missouri Bicycle Injuries and Safety.
One of many important laws passed as a result of Mo Bike Fed's efforts was the 2005 law requiring motorists to maintain a safe distance when overtaking a bicycle. See Safe Distance to be Maintained when Overtaking Bicycle. This is a very effective law and I have personally used it in several St Louis bike injury lawsuits. One is currently ongoing as a result of a Wentzville, Missouri drunk driver struck my client who was bicycling on the side of the road. The police charged the drunk driver with DWI and under the failure to maintain safe distance statute and he plead guilty to both charges and was convicted of failure to maintain a safe distance when overtaking a bicycle. For a more detailed and extensive list of bike laws see the MO Bike Federation's list of Missouri Bicycle Laws.
A new effort by the Missouri Bike Federation is to raise money by encouraging cyclists to get Bike Plates. This is not mandatory and they are not pushing for legislation requiring bike plates. The fee of $55 goes partially to the state ($15.00) for making the plates, but the remainder of $30.00 goes to the Bike Federation so they can keep doing the good work they are doing. To register for Missouri Bike plates click here.
Not only is the donation a benefit to the Bike Federation, the plates help promote awareness that bicyclists have the same rights to the road as motor vehicles, the plates can help identify you in the unfortunate instance you are involved in an accident and are unconscious or unable to identify yourself. This will help in getting you the proper medical treatment and allowing authorities to notify your family or friends.
Attorney Ben Sansone is a cyclist and injury lawyer representing bikers injured as the result of negligent and drunk drivers. For a free and no obligation consultation contact us today by email or call (314) 863-0500.