Pedestrian and Bicyclist Accident LawyersFor Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma and Arkansas
Pedestrians and bicyclists are vulnerable to traffic-related injuries. In 2013, automobiles killed 4,735 and injured around 66,000 people who were walking, running or skating on or near the road. The percentage of pedestrian deaths has continued to rise during the past 10 years, reaching 14 percent in 2011 and remaining at that high rate since that time.
The partners at Bishop & Hayes, P.C. have dedicated almost half of a century of combined experience to assisting traffic accident victims. Auto accident recovery is our sole area of practice, so we fully focus our skills, knowledge and resources on this exclusive area of law.
Traffic-Related Pedestrian and Cyclist Injuries
Pedestrians and bicyclists do not stand a chance when hit by a motor vehicle. In virtually every case, serious injuries occur and one in seven pedestrian traffic encounters results in death.
The reasons for the high fatality rate are obvious. A midsize sedan weighs an average of two tons and an SUV may be as heavy as three tons. Even a vehicle traveling at relatively low speeds through a residential neighborhood or downtown will hit a pedestrian with enormous force. A vehicle traveling at a faster speed hits a pedestrian or cyclist with even greater impact and the victim has no protection to absorb or deflect the crash. This deadly combination of factors increases the chance of catastrophic injuries such as spinal cord damage, traumatic brain injuries, bone fractures, crush injuries and amputations.
Insurance Coverage Matters Affecting Injured Pedestrians
Pedestrians are most likely to sustain serious injuries in a traffic crash. They are also likely to have trouble with insurance coverage issues.
Which insurance policies apply? What compensation are you entitled to under each policy? What happens if the driver fled? These are common questions Bishop & Hayes lawyers hear from clients. We can help determine the answers.
A hit-and-run driver is treated as uninsured for purposes of damages recovery. Even if the driver is caught, he or she may have no insurance or assets. In most cases, we turn to your own insurance policy for compensation. If the driver fled the scene, your uninsured motorist coverage kicks in.
While negotiating with the insurance company, our lawyers also negotiate with the hospital and doctors who treated you after the accident. We are often able to reduce medical bills so that the compensation you recover from the insurance company or in a civil lawsuit does not all go toward medical bills and you are not saddled with debt because of the accident.
Recover Compensation After a Pedestrian or Bicycle Accident
You have a right to walk, run, skate and bicycle on the roads of Missouri, Oklahoma, Kansas and Arkansas, and you should be able to cross the street safely. Motorists present the largest hazards to cyclists and pedestrians. Bishop & Hayes, P.C. can help you recover compensation from the negligent driver who injured you or a loved one. Contact us today to learn more about filing a claim. Your first consultation is free and we handle your claim on a contingency basis.