Seattle is one of the most bicycle friendly cities in America. Each day, thousands of people ride their bicycles to and from work or school or go for a ride on one of the many bike paths or recommended bicycle routes in the city. Despite our reputation for being very bike friendly, not all drivers act responsibly or respect the rights of bicyclists in Seattle and throughout Washington. As a result, we see large numbers of bicycle accidents resulting from negligent drivers who fail to obey the rules of the road.
Bicyclists are particularly vulnerable when sharing the road with larger, faster moving cars. Even with properly functioning safety equipment and helmets, a bicyclist stands no chance when a car turns into his or her path or runs the bicyclist off the road. Even a relatively minor collision between a car and a bike can create traumatic and devastating injuries for the cyclist, including road burn, fractures and head injuries. In the severest cases, the bicyclist can be killed if run over or hit at a high speed.
It is important that every driver take all precautions and obey the rules of the roads when sharing our streets and highways with bicyclists. Even in areas that do not have dedicated bike lanes or paths, bicyclists have a right to ride on the road and have the right-of-way just as a car would. Many drivers, however, are reckless and fail to yield to bicyclists. We see many accidents when a car makes a right turn and fails to yield to a bicyclist traveling in the bike lane or on the road. Injuries may also occur when drivers negligently park vehicles in the bike paths or swerve into the bike lanes.
If you are injured in a bicycle accident, contact a Seattle bicycle attorney who can help you protect your rights. If the car that hit you is insured, you may have health insurance available to you through the at- fault driver’s vehicle or personal injury protection. Seek medical attention immediately and contact us to make sure that your rights are preserved.
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