Cycling can be an invigorating way to get in some exercise while taking in the scenery around you. In the era of green-consciousness, more and more people opt to use their bicycles as a means of transportation rather than relying on passenger vehicles. Riding a bicycle does have many benefits, however, cyclists also face perils that other commuters do not. For example, someone on a bicycle does not have the same protection as someone in a car or truck if they are involved in an accident. While a passenger vehicle had a sturdy steel frame, seat belts, and airbags, a bicyclist typically has only a helmet to help keep them safe in a road collision. The consequences of another person’s negligence can be severe, ranging from major injuries to fatal injuries for the bicyclist. If you were hurt while cycling and want to discuss your legal options with a bicycle accident attorney in Seattle, call Russell & Hill, PLLC today to discuss your case.
Although sadly it is not possible to prevent all accidents caused by someone else’s negligence, by following a few simple safety tips, you can help to do your part to ensure your next ride is a safer one:
Being injured in a bicycle accident can be a physically painful and mentally jarring experience. The period directly after a bike crash can be confusing for accident victims. Here is what to do if you are hurt in a bicycle accident:
Get medical help first
Seek immediate medical attention after an accident, even if your injuries are not life-threatening. It is crucial to allow a trained medical professional to evaluate you after a bike crash.
Document the accident and your injuries
Document your injuries by taking photos of them and keep copies of medical bills and proof of any other accident-related expenses. Obtain the contact information of any witnesses to the accident if you can.
Contact a lawyer near you
Bring your documentation to a personal injury lawyer for review so you can discuss the details of your case and the process for filing a claim in civil court.
At Russell & Hill, PLLC, we specialize in personal injury litigation. If you need a bicycle accident injury attorney in Seattle, we can assist you with filing a claim. We provide our legal services to accident victims on a fee-contingency basis, meaning we do not charge a fee until your case has been favorably settled or won. We are committed to helping our clients get the compensation they deserve for their pain and suffering, and we can help you too. Contact us today for a no-cost case evaluation.
Bicycling is a great way to get around, and Seattle has come a long way in improving bicyclist safety. Across Washington State, there were 1,386 total bicycle crashes during the latest reporting year. Out of those, there were:
If we look at those numbers closely, we can see that nearly every bicycle crash results in an injury or a fatality.
There is simply no way for a bicyclist to compete with the force of a vehicle that weighs thousands of pounds. When a cyclist is struck, they typically suffer from two injury-causing impacts – one with the vehicle and one with the ground. Even slow-speed incidents can lead to major injuries.
It is not uncommon for us to see the following injuries as a result of a bicycle crash:
Bicycle crashes most commonly happen along the roadways due to driver inattention. Bicyclists are afforded the same rights and responsibilities on the roadways as vehicles. Drivers must give them the space necessary to operate. All too often we see bicycle crashes happen because a driver passed a cyclist too closely and struck them or ran them off the roadway.
We commonly see bicycle crashes take place at intersections, crosswalks, and other areas where they have the right-of-way.
No, there are no laws mandating that bicyclists have to wear helmets in Washington or Seattle. Several municipalities in the state DO have helmet requirements for bicyclists.
If you or your child was wearing a helmet at the time of a crash and was still severely injured, you should know that many helmets on the market are defective. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has warned that Americans are buying many uncertified helmets. If you or a loved one have been injured due to a defective helmet, you may be eligible for compensation through a product liability case.
The at-fault driver is going to be responsible for covering your injury expenses up to the limits of their coverage. All drivers in Washington must have $25,000 in injury or death expenses for one person in a crash and $50,000 for total injuries or death to all people in a crash they cause. If the minimum coverage is not enough to cover your expenses, you may need to pursue compensation through a personal injury lawsuit in civil court.
If you are struggling to get compensation or need some guidance, you can count on Russell & Hill, PLLC to be by your side. Our knowledgeable and experienced Seattle bicycle accident attorneys are ready to help. You can contact us for a free consultation by clicking here or calling 800-529-0842.