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Bicycle Accident

Is Riding Your Bike at Night Time Ever Safe in Seattle?

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on August 26, 2016

According to a study conducted by the Transportation Data Office, the majority of bicycle accidents occur in the evening between the hours of 6pm and 9pm. Many of these accidents occur in winter months, where daylight savings time and an earlier-setting sun bring darkness earlier in the day. Due to visibility issues that arise at dusk and continue through the dark evening hours and with the increasing number of bicycle accidents occurring due to negligent drivers, many have begun to wonder whether it is safe to ride your bike in the evening. Read the rest »

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Broken Bone Injuries Commonly Suffered by Seattle Bike Riders

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on July 25, 2016

Bicycling is a cost-efficient, environmentally friendly, and healthy way to get where you need to go in Seattle. Though people are encouraged to continue utilizing their bike as a mode of transportation whenever possible, it’s also understood that cycling through the streets and alongside motorists comes with its risks. Because of hazardous road conditions and negligent drivers, bike riders often find themselves in dangerous situations that result in injury. Read the rest »

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Washington State Bicycle Helmet Laws

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on June 13, 2016

The popularity of bicycling in Washington has continued to grow. Did you know that Washington was named #1 “Bicycle Friendly State” by the League of American Bicyclists for the 7th consecutive year? In efforts to promote and educate the public regarding bicycle safety, the Department of Transportation developed an initiative titled “Safer People – Safer Streets.”

Based on their recent data, the number of injuries and fatalities which occur annually that specifically involve pedestrians and bicyclists is currently approaching an average of 400. The Safer People – Safer Streets program has compiled a detailed plan of action for addressing the issues of bicycling safety. Some of the top priorities are as follows: Read the rest »

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Who is Responsible for Seattle Injuries Caused by Defective Bikes?

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on June 7, 2016

Seattle Injuries Caused by Defective BikesBeing involved in an accident when you’re on your bike is bad enough, but it can be even more maddening when the accident is a result of a defective bike. As a cyclist, you trust that every time you hop on your bike, it’s going to perform as it should and get you to your destination as safely as possible. If that doesn’t happen, and the bike fails you somewhere along the way, the first question you’re likely to ask is “Who’s responsible for injuries caused by defective bikes?”

Truthfully, anyone who has handled your bike before it was sold to you may be held responsible. This can include the manufacturer, the wholesaler, the distributor, and even the retailer, as it’s often a store’s responsibility to build the bikes once they’ve been received. Because there are so many people involved in creating your bike before it even gets to you, it can be difficult to know who’s to blame and where to go for compensation. This is where a Seattle defective product lawyer will be able to help. Read the rest »

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Common Causes of Seattle Bicycle Accidents

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on April 29, 2016

In the past few years, bikes have become a very popular method of transport for Seattle residents. More people are using their bikes to get to work, run errands, and for fun. Unfortunately, riding your bike can be dangerous in Seattle.

What Causes Seattle Bike Accidents?

There are many factors that can lead to a Seattle bike accident. Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. has handled many of these accidents cases over the years. Here are the most common causes of Seattle bike accidents our clients have reported: Read the rest »

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Five Things You Didn’t Know About Bicycling in Seattle

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on September 9, 2015

Bicycle Safety TipsAs Seattle becomes a more popular tourist destination for many people, its bicycling scene has exploded. Data gathered by the Seattle Department of Transportation reveals that bicycling has reached an all-time high for popularity in the city. Read the rest »

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Woman Injured in Seattle Bicycle Accident

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on July 2, 2015

Seattle Bike CrashA woman in her 30s was critically injured in a Seattle car accident when a car struck her bicycle. As reported by a West Seattle Blog report, the bicycle accident occurred at Delridge and Dakota in Seattle. Officials say the car struck the cyclist, and according to comments on the blog, the car had windshield damage from where the bicyclist hit the car. The cyclist was unconscious and not breathing when medics arrived, but she had a pulse and was transported to a nearby hospital in critical condition. The driver remained at the scene during the investigation.

It is unclear what caused this crash, but the accident occurred in an area that has a designated bike lane. One alleged witness to the crash said the car veered into the bike lane, but it is not clear if that has been confirmed. Seattle bikes lanes are designed to separate riders from motorists, but they cannot prevent every collision. Drivers and bikers alike can still cause a crash by drifting from their lane or by swerving suddenly without warning. Read the rest »

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Bicyclist Critically Injured in Seattle Bus Crash

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on May 12, 2015

Seattle Bike Crash AttorneyA 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. Read the rest »

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Female Bicyclist Hurt in West Seattle Crash

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on January 26, 2015

Seattle Bike CrashA woman was injured in a Seattle car accident when a car struck her bicycle. According to a news report in WestSeattleBlog.com, the bicycle accident occurred at Delridge Way and 17th SW in Seattle. The bicyclist was transported by private ambulance to a nearby hospital.

In order to determine the cause of a Seattle bicycle accident, investigators may need to interview witnesses, examine the crash site, and review footage from nearby video cameras. If you are injured in a Seattle crash, it would be in your best interest to: Read the rest »

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Bicyclist Injured in Seattle Crash

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on December 15, 2014

A man was injured in a Seattle car accident when a white Toyota Prius struck his bicycle. According to a KIRO-TV news report, the bicycle accident occurred on Third Avenue at James Street in downtown Seattle. Officials say the car struck his bicycle, but they have not released information regarding who may have been at fault. He was bleeding from his head when medics arrived but was able to sit up on his own. It is unclear how hurt he was or if the driver will face a citation for the accident.

Bicyclists have the same rights and responsibilities as drivers of other vehicles. So, when a bicycle accident occurs at a Seattle intersection, it must be determined if the driver or the bicyclist caused the crash through an act of negligence. Investigators will often look into if the driver failed to yield to the bike rider or if there was a bike lane intrusion on the part of the driver. Read the rest »

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