Bicycle Accidents

Federal Way Bicycle Accident Attorneys

Federal Way bicycle accident attorneys

Securing The Compensation You Need & Deserve

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) 946-0577.

The Most Dangerous Intersections For Cyclists In Seattle

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:

  • Eastlake Avenue East and Fuhrman Avenue East.
  • Second and University Street.
  • Troll Avenue and North 34th Street.
  • Northeast 45th Street near First Avenue Northeast.
  • Melrose Avenue and Pine Street.
  • Boylston Avenue and East Pine.
  • Second between Union and Pike.
  • 15th Avenue Northeast and Northeast Pacific Street.
  • Dexter Avenue North near Ward Street.
  • Second between University and Union.

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.

Common Bicycle Accidents In & Around Seattle

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:

  • Left turn accidents. This is one of the most common bike accidents, and it occurs almost solely because a vehicle does not see an oncoming biker and turns into the path of a cyclist. These accidents can easily be prevented by drivers who look closely before turning and bikers who make sure to stay highly visible.
  • Right hook accidents. This accident is common when a car is turning right and the driver does not check his or her right rear, “hooking” the cyclist as they turn. These accidents are even common in areas with a dedicated bike lane.
  • Inattentive driving/distracted driving. Just as with regular vehicle accidents, a growing number of crashes in our modern times are caused by driver distraction and inattention, especially involving mobile devices like cell phones.
  • Poor road design. You will notice that on the dangerous intersection list above, many of the accidents are at least in part due to poor road design, such as having a parking garage exit spill into a bike lane. Sometimes, a municipality or property owner can be found at fault in these accidents.
  • Speeding and reckless driving. Speeding and ignoring the rules of the road can be deadly for both cyclists and drivers alike. Speeding cars can have trouble stopping for bikers, while reckless drivers may swerve into a bike lane or fail to see an oncoming cyclist.
    Driving/riding under the influence. Both drunk drivers and drunk cyclists can cause crashes, and recent studies have found that almost one in three cyclists who are injured in crashes have been imbibing before they bike. While it’s not likely you’ll get arrest for biking after drinking, you could cause an accident.
  • Door accidents. A significant number of cyclists who use bike lanes let down their guard, while a significant number of people who park on the side of the road don’t look in their mirrors before opening their driver-side door. The result is “dooring” accidents, in which a rider slams into a car’s opening door (and sometimes the driver).

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.

Bicycle Accidents Often Result In Catastrophic Injuries

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:

  • Traumatic brain injuries and concussions.
  • Back, neck, and spine injuries.
  • Blunt force injuries.
  • Bone breaks and fractures.
  • Shoulder, arm, and hand injuries.
  • Leg and foot injuries.
  • Internal injuries.

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.

Getting Compensation For Your Bike Accident & Injuries

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:

  • Your accident-related medical bills, past and future.
  • Your lost wages, including lost future wages.
  • Your pain and suffering.
  • Your property damages, such as your wrecked bike.

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.

Schedule A Free Case Review With Bellevue Injury Attorney Chong Hae Ye Today