Washington state saw the first major outbreak of COVID-19 in the US, and Governor Jay Inslee has kept stringent stay at home orders in place. As coronavirus has spread throughout the state and across the nation, most people have been asked to stay at home unless they are running essential errands or going out to exercise. Bicycle shops have seen an increase in activity as many people take up cycling to stay in shape. At Russell & Hill, PLLC, our Spokane bicycle accident attorneys want to remind both cyclists and drivers that they need to remain vigilant on the roadways, even if there is less traffic.
Bicycle shops in Washington remain open
Bicycle shop owners in Washington and across the nation have reported an increase in business, particularly from first-time customers. Owners of many bike shops say that many people just want to get out and ride because being cooped up in the house is simply too much.
To be sure, stay at home orders issued by governors across the country are a valuable part of “flattening the curve” of coronavirus cases. However, most of these orders still allow people to go outside as long as they practice responsible social distancing. In Washington, stay at home orders specifically allow bicycle repair shops to remain open.
At Russell & Hill, PLLC, we want to remind both drivers and bicyclists alike that they must remain vigilant when they are out. Studies have indicated that stay at home orders are leading to a significant reduction in traffic and traffic accidents. Our bicycle accident attorneys in Spokane worry that this may lull riders and drivers into a false sense of security.
We strongly recommend that drivers remain vigilant when they are behind the wheel. They should put away any distractions and continue to follow all traffic laws. Be aware that there is an increase in first-time bicyclists who may be unaware of proper traffic safety.
If you decide to go out and ride your bike to get some exercise while under a stay at home order, you must follow all traffic laws. This includes stopping at all stop signs and stoplights, using marked crosswalks when appropriate, and riding on the right side of the roadway as normal. Never assume that a driver sees you before turning or starting from a stop.
We are here to help you today
If you or somebody you care about has been injured in a Spokane bicycle accident that was caused by another person’s negligent actions, seek legal assistance today. At Russell & Hill, PLLC, we are here to help as people work to navigate the new recreation and traffic situations created by COVID-19. Let our team investigate your case and work to secure any compensation you may be entitled to. This could include:
- Compensation for all bicycle crash-related medical bills
- Lost income if you cannot work
- Mental anguish damages
- Loss of enjoyment of life damages
- Possible punitive damages against a grossly negligent party