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Bicyclist Injured in Puyallup Crash

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on December 3, 2014

A bicyclist was rushed to the hospital after being involved in a Washington car accident that remains under investigation. According to a KOMO news report, the bicycle accident occurred at the Puyallup Fairgrounds along 9th Avenue SW between South Meridian and Fairview Drive. Officials say the car slammed into the rider before crashing into a business and fence. The bicyclist was hospitalized, but it is not clear from the report how serious the injuries were. It is also unclear what caused the driver to veer out of control or if the motorist will face charges for the crash.

A review of the comments on this report shows that the readers have vastly different opinions on what may have happened. Some assume the driver lost control by driving while under the influence. Others guess that the bicyclist contributed to the crash by riding distracted. It is important in these types of cases for a full investigation to take place. Officials will have to examine the crash site, witnesses should be interviewed and the driver should be tested for impairment.

If it is determined that the driver’s negligence contributed to the crash, the injured victim may be able to hold him or her responsible for the crash. Careless and reckless drivers in Seattle can be held accountable for:

  • Property damage to the bike and belongings
  • Medical bills related to the accident
  • The cost of rehabilitation services
  • Lost wages and loss of earning potential
  • Physical pain
  • Mental suffering
  • Other related damages

Not all victims of Seattle bicycle accidents are offered fair compensation for their suffering. If you have been hurt in a car accident, it is important that you notify the authorities right away and remain at the crash site. If you are physically capable, it is advisable to take photos of the vehicle, your injuries and the surroundings. You should also get the contact information from everyone involved and from anyone who witnessed the crash.

When you are ready to file a claim, make sure you seek the counsel of an experienced Seattle personal injury lawyer. There are many pitfalls during the claim process that may prevent you from getting the financial support you need. A knowledgeable injury lawyer can help ensure both your legal rights and best interests are protected.

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