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 »
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 personal injury lawyer will be able to help. Read the rest »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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. Read the rest »
Now that the new Second Avenue bike lane is being used, Seattle officials are reviewing incidents that occur there to make it safer. One of the adjustments made to the newly designed roadway was the removal of some on-street parking to improve sight lines. Now that a couple of accidents have occurred at the same portion of the road, more changes are on the way.
Two bike accidents occurred in the first week of October 2014 on Second Avenue near Union Street. According to a news report in The Seattle Times, one accident occurred when a car turned left in front of a cyclist and the other involved a driver who had difficultly seeing cyclists because of parked cars. Officials are reviewing these accidents to determine if it is safe to have parked cars in the area that obscure the bike path from motorists. Read the rest »