How do you hear about bicycle crashes? If you are like most of us, you read about them or see them on the news. In most cases, the cyclist has been seriously injured or killed. Do you ever think about how they talk about these incidents? Today, we want to discuss how many new stories frame bicycle crashes and they often imply it was the bicyclist’s fault.
If you need a Seattle bicycle accident attorney, let the team at Russell & Hill, PLLC get to work. We want to ensure that you get the compensation you deserve.
A Good Point Made
Why is it that when we hear about a bicycle crash, much of the story revolves around what the cyclist was doing wrong, even if the driver who struck them was clearly at fault?
You know what we are talking about. In nearly every bike crash story, you are going to hear discussion of whether or not the cyclist was wearing a helmet or whether they were wearing light or dark clothes. How does any of that matter if they were struck by a drunk driver?
Outside Magazine makes these points in a recent article. They also point out that you hear things like, “A red SUV hit a cyclist on Magnolia last Sunday.” While this may factually be true, what should have been written was more likely, “A driver distracted while text messaging struck a bicyclist on a designated bike path.”
Can you see the difference?
Bicyclists are often the victims of careless or negligent driving behavior. As we discussed above, distracted and impaired drivers pose major dangers for cyclists, as so those who speed and drive aggressively. We also know that, in many cases, drivers simply ignore bicyclists. All too often, these crashes happen in areas where the cyclist has the right-of-way.
We know that during the latest reporting year in Washington, nearly every bicycle crash resulted in an injury or fatality. We commonly see the following in the aftermath of a bicycle crash:
- Broken and dislocated bones
- Severe lacerations
- Internal organ damage
- Internal bleeding
- Spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
In 2018, there were over 1,200 bicyclist injuries or fatalities in Washington. In many cases, these victims were disabled and unable to return to work and earn an income.
Let Us Get To Work
Do not hesitate to stick up for yourself or a loved one in the aftermath of a bicycle crash. If another person’s careless or negligent actions were responsible for your injuries, it is time to seek legal assistance. At Russell & Hill, PLLC, we are going to be by your side the entire time, working to secure the compensation you so badly need. This can include:
- Coverage of your medical bills
- Compensation for lost income if you cannot work
- Pain and suffering damages
- Loss of enjoyment of life damages
- Possible punitive damages