For some unknown reason, many drivers choose to treat bicycle riders as second-class citizens. This is true even though the fact of the matter is that, on the road, bicyclists have the same rights and responsibilities as automotive drivers. In addition, even drivers who respect bicyclists often fail to exercise proper care and judgment when approaching or passing a bicycle on the road.
For these reasons, it is not unusual for bicyclists to be injured – or even killed – in accidents caused by other drivers. If you or a loved one has been harmed in a traffic accident involving a bicycle, our Seattle bicycle accident attorneys can help you obtain the compensation you deserve.
Legal Representation For Individuals Injured In Seattle Bicycle Accidents
At Dean Standish Perkins & Associates, we are vigorous advocates for bicycle riders injured in vehicle collisions and as a result of driver negligence. In varying respects, bicycle accidents are similar to both auto accidents and pedestrian accidents. Please click the links for more information.
Our attorneys are experienced in representing victims of Seattle bicycle accidents who suffer serious injuries, including:
- Severe bruises and lacerations
- Broken or fractured bones
- Brain injuries
- Spinal injuries
- Nerve, muscle and ligament damage
- Property loss for expensive bicycles and riding equipment
If you were injured by a negligent driver while riding your bicycle, our Seattle bicycle accident attorneys will help you seek compensation for your injuries, lost wages, property damage and other losses stemming from the accident.
Bicyclists’ Rights In Washington State
In Washington state, bicyclists have certain rights and responsibilities. These include:
- Helmets: You are not required to wear a helmet while riding a bike except in certain cities where it is mandated. Seattle is one city that requires all bicycle riders to wear a helmet.
- Riding locations: Bicyclists may ride on paths, bike lanes, shoulders and vehicle travel lanes as dictated by considerations of safety, although certain roads (including portions of the state highways) are off limits.
- Roadways: When riding on public roadways, cyclists have all of the rights and responsibilities of a vehicle driver.
- Side by side: Bicyclists may ride side by side, up to two riders wide.
Contact A Seattle Attorney For Bicycle Accidents
To schedule a free consultation regarding your bicycle accident personal injury claim, please contact us today. Our Seattle bicycle accident attorneys have more than 50 years of combined experience helping accident victims obtain compensation for their injuries. Let them put their experience to work for you.