Failure to Yield Bike Accident Lawyers in Seattle
Have you recently been involved in a Seattle bicycle accident? Were you or a loved one injured in the collision? Was your accident caused by a driver failing to yield at an intersection? If any of these are "yes" answers, you may have grounds to pursue legal action. An established Seattle bicycle accident attorney can help you obtain financial compensation for your injuries, and recovery. But the time to act is now. You need legal representation from Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S.
For years, Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. has helped people whose lives have been turned upside down in a bicycle accident by the negligent actions of a driver who failed to yield at an intersection. Our firm is dedicated to holding at-fault parties accountable for injuries they cause. Remember, bicyclists have rights on the roads in Seattle, and the rest of Washington. Let us defend them. Contact Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. today at (888) 228-3860.
Bicycle Accident Recoveries
- $170,000 recovery for a bicyclist injured when he was struck riding his bicycle.
- $145,000 recovery for a man who received a concussion and skin abrasions when he was knocked off his bicycle by a car making a turn in Kirkland.
One of the most unfortunate aspects of many bicycle accidents that occur in Seattle is that a majority could have been prevented if it were not for negligence. In many cases, motorists claim that a bike crash occurred simply because he or she did not see a bicyclist on the road and failed to yield the right of way. If you or someone you love has been injured or worse in a bike accident, get in touch with the Seattle personal injury lawyers at Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. We never give up when defending our clients' rights, not when facing major trucking companies or insurance adjustors. Please call (888) 228-3860 for a free consultation.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), these are the most common injuries suffered in failure to yield bicycle accidents:
- Broken, and fractured bones
- Skull fractures
- Facial fractures
- Internal injuries
- Lung injuries
- Road rash
- Cuts, and bruises
- Wrongful death
Bicycle accidents tend to be severe because bike riders are so vulnerable in a collision. Bike riders don't have the same protections car drivers do. With only a helmet and pads to protect them, bicyclists often suffer serious injuries. Here are some of the more common damages pursued in Seattle failure to yield bicycle accident claims:
- Current, and future medical expenses
- Physical rehabilitation
- Property damage
- Lost current, and future wages
- Pain, and suffering
Unfortunately, some failure to yield bicycle accidents can be tragic. If you've lost a loved one to a Seattle bicycle accident, your family may be able to pursue the following damages:
- Medical bills of the deceased before death
- Pain, and suffering of the deceased before death
- Lost future income
- Funeral, and burial costs
- Lost love, affection, companionship, guidance, etc.
- Loss of household duties the deceased performed (such as childcare, property maintenance, etc.)
Failure to yield bike accidents are complicated. Call (888) 228-3860 today for a free case evaluation with a Seattle injury lawyer.
There are many different factors that can cause a Seattle failure to yield bicycle accident. Here are the most common causes of failure to yield bike collisions:
- Distracted drivers
- Drivers under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Speeding drivers
- Aggressive driving
- Poor weather conditions
- Drivers not following stop signs, and red lights
- Not stopping at red lights: this is the most common cause of Seattle failure to yield bicycle accidents. When drivers do not come to a complete stop at a red light or stop sign, bicyclists can easily be struck.
- Unsafe turns: these include drivers making turns while distracted (like using their cell phone or not paying attention to traffic and blind spots), drivers aggressively taking turns, and drivers speeding through intersections.
Bicycles are easy to overlook because of how small and quiet they are. It is all too common for bicyclists to get crushed by drivers who enter an intersection without first checking their mirrors or watching for approaching bikes. If you are on a bike at a Washington intersection, it is advisable to do the below:
- Obey the law: All bicyclists must obey stop signs and traffic lights. Running through an intersection on a bicycle is highly likely to put you in harm's way.
- Avoid blind spots: You are legally allowed to pull up between stopped cars, but getting close to the side of a car that is about to turn can be extremely dangerous.
- Make eye contact: Sometimes, the only way to know that a motorist sees you is to make eye contact. Make sure you are seen before entering an intersection.
- Ride defensively: It is a mistake to assume that a driver will properly yield the right-of-way. Only enter an intersection when you are positive that it is safe to cross.
- Use hand signals: Letting drivers know your intentions can help you avoid a collision. Bend your arm up to turn right, point your arm out straight to turn left, and bend your arm down to stop.
Bicyclists have the same rights that motor vehicle drivers do. Let Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. protect those rights. Contact our Seattle failure to yield bike accident attorneys today at (888) 228-3860.
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