Cycling Accidents


Cycling is an incredible sport that is increasing in popularity at all levels, from the casual recreational biker to the competitive racing cyclist. As the popularity of cycling increases in the St. Louis area, it is inevitable that issues arise between cyclists and motorists.

Cycling advocates have worked hard to promote accommodations for cycling as a sport as well as for the recreational biker. Advocacy organizations such as Trailnet and the St. Louis Regional Bicycle Federation (now merged with Trailnet) have supported improvements to bicycle paths and other types of bike-friendly infrastructure. Here in St. Louis, we have the potential to create a fantastic network of public trails that would connect paths such as the Katy Trail to a network of paths and trails throughout the city.

As this sport expands and increases in popularity, it is important to keep these cyclists safe and ensure that St. Louis establishes itself as a pre-eminent bike-friendly community.

We at Devereaux, Stokes, Fernandez & Leonard, P.C. (DSNFL), understand the passion and commitment of cyclists. Some of us are avid bicyclists ourselves. Cycling can be a pathway to physical fitness, an environmentally sound means of getting from one place to another, and a community-friendly way to enjoy the great outdoors with a social aspect that few other cardiovascular workouts can match.

As with any sport, there are certain dangers inherent in the sport of cycling. However, there are other dangers that can and should be avoided. One of the main dangers to cyclists is negligent motorists. Sadly, there are many people who do not respect the rights of cyclists on the road. We have even seen cases where the driver of a car actually becomes aggressive and belligerent toward people who ride bicycles on the road. While the attitudes of the driving public are slowly changing to be more accepting and cautious with cyclists, they are unfortunately not changing fast enough.

A cyclist who is struck by a car or truck is likely to be seriously injured or killed given the simple physics of the encounter. Here at DSNFL, we value and respect the rights of cyclists and have worked hard to help those unfortunate few who have been injured or lost a loved one in a bicycle accident.

Our St. Louis-area personal injury law firm concurs wholeheartedly with this statement from following a fatal bicycle accident: “We want cyclists’ and pedestrians’ lives to be considered as valuable as those of motorized vehicle drivers.” (Source: We zealously represent our clients who have been injured through negligence of others, through injury claims and lawsuits.

If you or your loved one has been injured in a cycling accident in St. Louis or Springfield, bicycle accident lawyers at Devereaux, Stokes, Fernandez & Leonard, P.C., are prepared to advise you. We offer free initial consultations for people who have suffered loss in motorcycle accidents, bicycle accidents, pedestrian accidents and other types of traffic accidents.

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Founded in 1976, Devereaux, Stokes, Fernandez & Leonard combines the talents of four highly skilled trial lawyers. Each of our attorneys has received the highest possible AV ® Preeminent ™ 5.0 out of 5 rating* from Martindale-Hubbell. We handle cases throughout Missouri and southern Illinois. To learn more about our approach to client service in cycling accident cases, contact our office in St. Louis to schedule a free consultation.

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