A competitive biker was training by riding down the outer road of a highway in Wentzville, Missouri. The biker was wearing reflective clothing and was riding along the white outside lane line. Despite legally traveling on the proper part of the roadway and wearing the proper safety gear, a reckless pickup truck driver struck him from behind with the front passenger side corner of his truck sending the cyclist flying off his bike. The cyclist in this particular case was lucky, because the severity of the impact would have crippled many people. However, my client was in excellent physical condition and after a few days in the hospital and a few months of therapy he recovered, for the most part. He did suffer a concussion from the bike accident, which caused some memory problems and other concussion related symptoms. Despite his head injury, his mental tests came back above average and he managed to recover. This Wentzville bike accident case settled for a very high dollar amount as we aggressively prosecuted the case and our client resisted the insurance company's offers between $100,000 - $145,000 just 6 months before we settled the case. Persistence and patience was the key to this excellent recovery for our client and more than double what the insurance company wanted to settle for.
This cause of a bike collision and injury is referred to as "The Rear End" - See Common Causes of Bike Accidents. This is the hardest collision for a biker to avoid because you generally cannot see cars coming since you are not looking behind yourself while riding. Fortunately, most drivers are good drivers and this type of bike related injury accounts for less than 5% of bike collisions.
How to avoid "The Rear End"? As a Missouri bike injury lawyer and based on my experience and research into bicycle safety, this type of collision occurs most often when the cyclist does not have a rear light, regardless if it is daytime or legally required. See Bike Lights for Safety: See and Be Seen.
Additionally, ride on streets with more generous shoulders, also, studies show that riding in more populated areas as opposed to rural areas, is safer to avoid this type of collision. Typically because lighting is better is more populated areas and drivers tend to drive a little slower because of traffic and shorter distances. A few other precautions; get a rear view mirror and do not ride on the edge of the shoulder or too close to a curb. This allows you room to maneuver and hopefully avoid or lessen a collision.
Serious bike injuries still occur despite taking all these safety precautions, as was with the case with my client above. He did everything he was supposed to do and was still hit by a careless driver. As in many Missouri and Illinois bike accident cases I handle, the typical defense is "I did not see him!", well this is not a defense unless the cyclist did something wrong, such as ride at night with no lights, unpredictably shoot out of the riding lane, etc ... See The "I did not see the cyclist" Defense and dealing with it at Trial
If you or someone you know suffered a bike relalted injury as the result of a careless driver, contact a bike accident lawyer today for a free consultation. Our law-form is based in Clayton Missouri which is located within St Louis County right by the Courthouse. Our injury attorneys routinely represent victims throughout Missouri and Illinois including the following areas: St Charles, Lincoln, Franklin County, Jefferson County, Cape Girardeau, Edwardsville, Belleville, Waterloo, and all of Illinois. Call us today at (314) 863-0500.