There are many benefits of riding bicycles and many people in the Seattle area ride them. Some people ride them every day as their primary mode of transportation. Others ride periodically for exercise or for recreational purposes. Most people do this safely, but bicycle accidents can occur and when they do, they can be very devastating for the bicyclists, especially when it involves a motor vehicle.
There are many reasons that bicycle accidents occur and it is important for the bicyclists and the motorists to be safe to help avoid them. There are some causes that are more common than others.
One cause is inattentive driving. Bicyclists are obviously smaller than all other vehicles on the road and if drivers are not paying attention, they can hit them. Another common cause of bicycle accidents is failing to yield to a bicycle. When bicyclists are on the road, they must follow the rules of the road and motorists must yield to them just like for vehicles. However, this does not always happen. Another common cause is rider inattention. Just as it is important for drivers to pay attention so do drivers to avoid cars. Poor road conditions also cause many bicycle accidents as well.
As mentioned above, when bicycle accidents involve motor vehicles it can be very devastating for the cyclists. They can suffer severe injuries including spinal cord injuries and traumatic brain injuries. These types of injuries have long-term, devastating effects on all aspects of the victims’ lives and can be very costly as well. People may be entitled to compensation though, if the injury was caused by the driver.
There are many people in the Seattle area who ride bicycles on the roads. It is important that they pay attention and bike safely. However, sometimes even the safest riders can be in an accident because they cannot control the actions of the other drivers on the road. The victims may be entitled to compensation though which can pay for the damages they suffer as a result of the driver’s negligence. Experienced attorneys understand the importance of this compensation.