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Man seriously injured in car accident on Missouri highway

A man was seriously injured recently after a vehicle struck his bicycle as he rode with a friend. A West Coast school superintendent, he and a friend were on a long-distance bike ride that started in St. Louis. The car accident occurred when a vehicle clipped the man's bike as he and his friend rode west on Highway 20, which covers a part of the historic Lewis and Clark Trail.

The Missouri truck driver stopped, as did other drivers. The bicyclist was transported to a local hospital and then air lifted to University Hospital in Columbia. He suffered a broken pelvis, ankle and leg as a result of the accident.

It was anticipated that the man will need regular physical therapy for one to two weeks before being able to return home. School officials made arrangements to cover his employment duties pending his return by having other officials fill in during that period.

Riding a bicycle can be a dangerous task on Missouri highways, especially when cars are traveling at high rates of speed. Not only did this victim suffer severe pain from the injuries sustained, but he is also facing a long road to recovery from the car accident. Details of who did what and when are scant, but the parties will likely look to the police accident report to assess their rights and responsibilities under our state law. While it is not as yet known whether the injured man will seek reimbursement for any damages suffered, he retains the right to file a personal injury claim based upon proof of negligence by other parties to the collision.

Source: Lompoc Record, "LUSD superintendent injured in bike accident," John Sakata, July 24, 2012

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