Seattle Bike Accident Road Hazard Lawyers

Bicycle Accidents Caused by Dangerous Road Conditions

Cycling is an inexpensive, environmentally conscious, and healthy method of transportation popular in urban areas like Seattle. However, bike riders are subject to certain hazards that users of other types of transportation are not. For one thing, motor vehicles injure and kill thousands of cyclists every year in the United States. But automobiles and trucks aren't the only hazards that cause severe injury to bike riders, poor road conditions also send many riders to emergency rooms each year.

If you've been hurt in a cycling accident caused by poor road conditions, you may be eligible to compensation for your injuries by the entity charged with maintaining that street, road, path, sidewalk, etc. But legal claims against governments and municipalities are complicated and often must abide by different rules than regular civil claims. For this reason, it is vital that you seek the representation of an experienced Seattle bike accident road hazard attorney who's well acquainted with the legal statutes of the area where your accident occurred.

The law firm of Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. has been serving Seattle area injury victims for over four decades and has won their clients substantial settlements. For more information about your legal rights and options, call (888) 228-3860 for a free consultation.

Roadway Hazards for Bicyclists in Washington

Because bicycles have rather thin tires, cracks in road surfaces, gaps in sewer grates, pot holes, and railroad crossings can all cause serious accidents. The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) is responsible for maintaining a network of over 1,600 miles of roadway.

With budget restraints and the weather of the Pacific Northwest, it is difficult to keep all of Seattle's streets and roads in top condition. However, this is still the SDOT's duty.

Seattle Department of Transportation Negligence

Examples of SDOT negligence in road maintenance can include any of the following:

  • Poorly designed roadways
  • Poorly placed signs and traffic signals
  • Traffic signs covered by foliage
  • Confusing signs
  • Lack of signage, barricades, etc. indicating construction or poor road conditions
  • Construction materials left in roads
  • Oil spills on roads
  • Lack of road and sidewalk maintenance

Proving Negligence in a Poor Road Condition Accident in Washington

When proving negligence against a municipality or government agency, it is not enough just to show that the unsafe road condition existed. A plaintiff needs to show proof that the government entity responsible for maintaining that particular roadway was:

  • Aware of the unsafe road condition and the dangers it posed
  • Took measures to repair the road and eliminate the danger
  • Failed to eliminate the danger

In the case of a railroad crossing, the railroad, not the municipality, is responsible for the maintenance of the road where it crosses the tracks and the signs and signal at the crossing.

Assisting Seattle Bike Accident Victims for Over 40 Years

Legal claims involving public entities can be highly complex and often have different stipulations and statutes of limitations. In order for you to secure the compensation you deserve, it is crucial that you have the guidance and direction of an experienced legal team. The Seattle biking accident lawyers at Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S have been successfully representing Seattle area clients for over 40 years. Call our offices at (888) 228-3860 for your free case evaluation.

Additional Information

Our Case Results

Degloving Injury$2,400,000
Degloving Injury
from defective power winch.
Wrongful Death$1,925,000
Wrongful Death
from head-on van accident.
Rollover Accident$1,925,000
Rollover Accident
resulting in wrongful death.
Wrongful Death$1,625,000
Wrongful Death
from highway design defect.
Car Accident$595,000
Car Accident
injuries to 47-year-old woman.
Wrongful Death$460,695
Wrongful Death
oncoming traffic accident.
Rear-End Collision$450,000
Rear-End Collision
resulting in lower back injury.
Car Accident$390,000
Car Accident
resulting in fractured leg.
Car Sideswipe$390,000
Car Sideswipe
resulting in injured back.
Head-On Collision$372,000
Head-On Collision
resulting in fractured pelvis.
Car Accident$360,000
Car Accident
resulting in lower back injury.
Car Accident$275,000
Car Accident
resulting in jaw fracture.
Overturned Truck$230,000
Overturned Truck
resulting in broken ribs.
Head-On Collision$230,000
Head-On Collision
resulting in shoulder injury.
Motorcycle Accident$225,000
Motorcycle Accident
resulting in leg fracture.

Written by Joseph Pendergast, this book is designed to help people who have suffered a personal injury understand their rights and the steps to take to be sure they get the compensation they deserve.

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