For a number of years, Seattle has been ranked highly among the safest cities in the country for cyclists and pedestrians. However, over the last decade, there have been more than 3,800 collisions between automobiles and bicycles within Seattle city limits alone, and thousands more in the surrounding areas.
At Ye Law Firm, we know all too well that when a motor vehicle and a bicycle collide, the cyclist loses. The injuries sustained by bike riders in these accidents range from multiple broken bones to catastrophic brain and spine injuries, to fatal injuries. We are here to make certain that bike accident injury victims and their families get the legal support that they need and deserve in the wake of a crash, and that they receive the financial compensation that they are owed under the law.
We offer free, private case evaluations regarding Seattle area bike accidents. To schedule your meeting with Chong Hae Ye, please call our offices today at (253) 258-0804.
Bike accidents can happen anywhere and at any time. But in Seattle, there are several hotspots where multiple (and sometimes dozens) of bike-car collisions have taken place in the past. This summer, the Seattle Times pinpointed the ten most dangerous intersections for bikers, according to the numbers of crashes and fatalities that took place in each location:
It’s important to note that if the location where you had your bike accident has a long history of collisions, the property owner of the land, or the city itself, may be partially liable for your accident and losses.
How do bicycle accidents take place? It’s a big misconception that the majority of cycling accidents happen because bike riders don’t know how to share the road. In truth, bike accidents are more likely to take place because bikers aren’t seen by drivers–or drivers don’t know the rules of the road. Let’s take a closer look at the common causes of bike accidents:
These are just a few of the most common causes of bicycle accidents–no matter why your accident took place, you may wish to speak to an attorney about the legal implications of your crash.
Bike riding has a number of advantages: it is economical, green, and provides great exercise. But when a bike rider collides with another vehicle, the results can be tragic. Even the smallest cars are no match for a cyclist, who has minimal protective gear and who often slams into a vehicle, object, or the road surface at great force during the collision. Common bike accident injuries include:
Note that while not wearing a bike helmet greatly increases your chance of death or traumatic brain injury during a bike accident, even helmeted riders can suffer catastrophic injuries during a crash, especially if one or both vehicles were traveling at a high rate of speed.
If you were not at fault for your bicycle accident, the party or parties who caused it are legally responsible for all related damages. These damages could include:
A Seattle bike accident attorney can help you determine the monetary value of your losses as well as help you acquire that compensation, whether through a settlement or through the court system.