Bicyclist Struck by Police Car
Bicyclists are expected to follow rules of the road just as vehicles are. However, a bicyclist has little option but to ride on the roadway when there is no bike lane and they don’t have the same protective metal frame a vehicle has. Therefore, when one is struck by a vehicle, it can leave a lasting impact.
At 9 pm on September 13, Justin Branson was riding his bicycle on Olive Blvd. near Woodson Rd. A police car traveling the same way, who Justin said seemed to come out of nowhere, struck him. It knocked him off his bike, threw him over the hood and then off the side of the car. Justin has a fracture in his back, a bruised lung and a damaged bike. A spokesperson for St. Louis County police confirmed the accident but cannot yet comment on whether the officer has broken the law or not.
As an avid cyclist, Justin knows how important it is to follow the rules of the road. He had flashing red lights on his bike and on his backpack to be seen better. However, the area where he was hit does not have bike lanes. This is an area that many feel need to addressed.
This can happen to anyone. If you or someone you know has been a bicyclist struck by a vehicle, we want to help! Call your St. Louis accident attorneys today.