Drivers are obligated to follow traffic laws and safety guidelines in an effort to reduce the risk of collision. While most drivers remain quite vigilant in their awareness of nearby vehicles, accidents involving pedestrians and bicyclists often happen in an instant. The reasons for this unfortunate truth are numerous, however the result is very often the same: catastrophic injuries to people who lack the protection of a vehicle in an accident. If you or someone you love has been injured or killed due to the negligence of a motor vehicle operator, you may be entitled to compensation. Layton & Southard LLC is intimately familiar with Missouri law, and will fight to protect your rights as a pedestrian or cyclist.
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Motorists pose a serious threat to pedestrians
There are a number of factors to contribute to the danger faced by pedestrians and cyclists travelling near a road or highway. The most common cause of collisions is distracted driving, where a driver is not paying attention to his or her surroundings well enough to react in time to prevent an accident. Cell phone use, drugs, alcohol and sleep deprivation are all examples of negligence that put lives at risk. Because pedestrians lack the protection of a vehicle, the injuries sustained are usually far worse than in a collision between two vehicles. Victims often face debilitating and expensive medical bills, and may never fully recover.
Missouri law and cyclists
Under state law, a bicycle is defined as a vehicle, and as such is entitled to all the consideration that drivers would give to other motor vehicles. Cyclists are allowed to use the road (except for in business districts), and cars must only drive in dedicated bike lanes in order to cross the lane or to avoid a collision. Actions behind the wheel that would put other motorists in danger are even more threatening to unprotected cyclists, and violations are punished appropriately. Cyclists are equally obliged to follow traffic laws, as they are designed to keep them safe on the road.
Actions you can take
Negligent driving puts everyone at risk, but pedestrians and cyclists are far more vulnerable to injury and death. When an accident or hit and run occurs, it is important to call the police, and make note of relevant details such as license plate numbers and descriptions of the vehicle or driver. Beyond that, you will need the experienced legal representation of Layton & Southard, LLC who will protect your rights under the law. Living with injuries sustained after being struck by a car is hard enough without having to navigate the complex legal codes on your own. With the help of an experienced attorney, you can begin to rebuild your life after a serious injury.
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