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Can You Sue Seattle for a Bicycle Accident?

Posted on December 23, 2019Posted By Russell & Hill, PLLC

Bicycle accidents can lead to serious injuries. If you or someone you care about has been injured in a bike crash that was caused by another driver’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation. At Russell & Hill, PLLC, Our Seattle bicycle accident attorneys are going to investigate all aspects of your case. If an insurance carrier does not offer you a fair settlement, we will help you file a personal injury lawsuit to recover the compensation you need.

In general, yes, you can file a lawsuit against an at-fault driver in a bicycle accident injury case.

What are the common causes of Seattle bicycle accident crashes?

Bicycle accidents are not uncommon, especially in and around Seattle. This is a crowded place, and we have many regular bicycle riders. During the latest reporting year in Washington, the Department of Transportation tells us that there were 1,386 total crashes across the state. While that may seem like a lower number, it is important to understand that nearly all reported bicycle crashes result in an injury or a fatality. Out of the crashes reported, there were:

  • 132 suspected serious injuries
  • 570 suspected minor injuries
  • 570 possible injuries
  • 15 fatalities

Why would you be able to file a lawsuit in these cases?

If another person was responsible for your bike crash, they have a responsibility to pay for the damages (both injury expenses and property damage). In most cases, the at-fault driver’s insurance carrier will be responsible for covering these costs. However, if the insurance carrier refuses to offer a fair settlement, it may be necessary to file a personal injury lawsuit.

Are bicycle accidents costly for victims?

Injuries that result from a Seattle bicycle crash can be costly. The bicycle accident attorneys at Russell & Hill, PLLC regularly help clients who have sustained the following:

  • Spinal cord trauma
  • Open head injuries
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Internal organ damage or internal bleeding
  • Broken or dislocated bones
  • Severe lacerations or road rash

These injuries can become incredibly costly for victims. Serious injuries can see medical expenses reach into the tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars, not including non-medical “hidden expenses.” A bicycle accident victim could recover the following economic and non-economic damages in a lawsuit:

  • Your medical expenses related to the bicycle crash
  • Lost wages and benefits if they cannot work
  • Coverage of home and vehicle modifications
  • Pain and suffering damages
  • Loss of personal enjoyment damages
  • Possible punitive damages against a negligent party

We can help you through this process

If you or someone you care about has been injured in a bicycle accident, the qualified and experienced team at Russell & Hill, PLLC is ready to step in. We will thoroughly investigate what happened in your case so we can secure the compensation you deserve. When you need a Seattle bicycle accident attorney, you can contact us for a free consultation by clicking here or calling 800-529-0842.

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