Seattle has a well-deserved reputation as being one of the most bicycle and pedestrian-friendly areas in the country. We do have lots of riders and pedestrians, but that also means we have lots of bicycle and pedestrian-related injuries.
Whatever the circumstances surrounding a bicycle accident, Dixon Law Firm has years of experience helping injured bicyclists and pedestrians get the compensation they deserve.
Causes of Bicycle Accidents
A number of causes can contribute to Washington cycling accidents. Cyclists often share the road with other vehicles and pedestrians, which presents the opportunity for collisions and accidents. Sometimes cyclists ride in large groups, which can lead to accidents involving other bicyclists. Each year, hundreds of bicyclists are killed in accidents that are caused by negligent automobile drivers who are distracted or do not see them. Many bicycle accidents also happen when a cyclist loses control of his bike and crashes into a stationary object such as a pole, curb or median. Injuries can also be caused by defective bicycle parts or unsafe riding conditions. If you have been injured in a bicycle accident, do not dispose of the bicycle. A Washingon bicycle accident attorney can help you determine the cause of the accident and who is responsible.
Intersection Bicycle Accidents
Bicycle accidents can occur anywhere on the road, but often happen in intersections. Intersections are where a bicyclist is the most at risk of being struck by a car. A bicyclist is generally considered to be a “vehicle” and must follow the basic traffic laws. Cyclists must ride with the flow of traffic, stop at stop signs, and yield appropriately. Children unfamiliar with road laws are especially at risk for accidents.
Bicycle Accident Injuries
In any accident with a car, bus, or truck, a cyclist is vulnerable to serious injury or death. Especially if the cyclist was not wearing a helmet, or if the helmet was not fastened properly, a bicycle rider is at a high risk for head injuries, including skull fractures and traumatic brain injuries. Nearly 70% of bicycle accidents that result in fatalities are due to a head injury. A cyclist thrown from a bike may suffer spinal cord injuries, neck injuries or back injuries. Other injuries may include loss of limbs, multiple fracture injuries, or burn injuries. Parts of the bicycle, like the spokes, seat or handlebars, can also contribute to serious personal injuries.
Compensation for Bicycle Accident Injuries
If somebody else caused you to be seriously injured in a Washington bicycle crash, you may be entitled to damages for your lost wages, your medical bills and pain and suffering.
At Dixon Law Firm, our lawyers are dedicated to helping bicycle accident victims accidents recover full compensation. If you or a loved one has been seriously injured or disabled, or you simply need more information, please call us at (206) 357-8582.
While riding his bike along the bicycle path in Myrtle Edwards Park in Seattle Washington, our client collided with an oncoming bicyclist, suffering multiple facial fractures and requiring extensive surgical repair. His medical bills were substantial and because of the severity of his injuries he was unable to get the identity of the other bicyclist at the scene. He hired us to help. We were able to track down the other bicyclist, but he and his insurance company denied responsibility. We hired an expert to investigate the accident, filed a lawsuit, and conducted discovery, including taking the defendant’s deposition to prove that the defendant was at fault. We were able to negotiate a settlement of $500,000 on our client’s behalf. This was the maximum amount recoverable under the other cyclist’s insurance policy.
While our client was riding her bicycle through an intersection in Ballard, a Toyota Camry approached, failed to yield the right of way and hit our client, causing her multiple pelvic fractures. The cyclist contacted us to help her negotiate with the driver’s insurance company to pay her medical bills and the other damages she sustained as a result of the collision. The driver’s insurance company’s initially claimed that our client was partially at fault for causing the accident. Within two months, we negotiated a six-figure settlement--the maximum amount recoverable under the driver’s insurance policy.
On her way to work one morning as a Patient Care Coordinator for the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, D.A began to cross the street in the crosswalk. She was in the crosswalk, on a solid green light, when she was suddenly struck by a vehicle that was in the process of turning left onto the street she was crossing. D.A. suffered a neck and back strain and a wrist and knee strain as a result of the collision and missed work for more than a month due to her injuries. A family member suggested that she involve us. We became involved and we were able to resolve the matter without ever filing a lawsuit on our client’s behalf.
We are only interested in recovering fair compensation for our clients, which is why we do not get paid until you get paid. Even during painful, troubling times, we aim to take all of the legal burden off of you and your family.