Bicyclist Critically Injured in Seattle Bus CrashA 26-year-old man was seriously injured in a Seattle car accident when a King County Metro transit bus struck his bicycle. According a Q13 Fox news report, officials believe the cyclist was riding along the side of the bus when he lost control and went under the bus. He suffered life-threatening injuries and has been listed in serious condition. The bus driver has not been charged yet and is cooperating with the investigation.
Under Washington state law, bicyclists have the same rights and responsibilities as motorists. Therefore, it is crucial that drivers share the road while giving bicyclists plenty of space. Providing riders with plenty of space is especially important along roadways with dangerous shoulders and no bike lanes.
All Seattle car, bus, and truck drivers must:
- Look for bicyclists before entering an intersection or making a turn.
- Allow cyclists to ride far enough away from parked cars to avoid being “doored.”
- Remember that bicyclists have all the rights and responsibilities of car drivers and can even ride two abreast in a lane of traffic.
- Leave plenty of space between their vehicle and the bicyclist when trying to pass.
Whenever you are out riding, it is best to choose roadways that have large, safe bike lanes. When riding on a roadway where there are no bike lanes, try to keep to the right. Make sure you always wear a helmet, obey traffic laws, avoid dangerous roads with loose gravel and large potholes and wear bright, reflective attire so that drivers can see you.
If you have been struck and injured by a negligent driver while biking in Seattle, you may be able to pursue compensation for the injuries you suffer. Careless drivers can be held accountable for damages such as medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. It is important to have an experienced Seattle bicycle accident attorney by your side who will help you hold the at-fault driver accountable and help you secure fair compensation for all your losses.