Biking Accidents

Bicyclist Seriously Injured in Seattle Crash

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on June 5, 2013

A man was injured in a recent Seattle bike accident when a Nissan sedan struck his bicycle. The Seattle Press Intelligencer reports that the bicycle accident occurred in the 9400 block of Airport Way South in Seattle. Officials say the bicyclist and the driver were traveling south when the crash occurred. The cyclist was ejected from his bike and seriously injured. He was treated at the scene by medics before being transported to a nearby medical center. It is unclear what caused the crash, but officials say the driver showed no sign of impairment.

There are a number of reasons why a collision may occur between a cyclist and a vehicle traveling in the same direction. Investigators at the scene of the crash will likely seek answers to a number of questions, including: Read the rest »

Seattle Bicyclist Injured after Being Struck by Driver

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on May 21, 2013

A male bicyclist was injured in a Seattle car crash when a vehicle struck him as he rode along a busy roadway. The Seattle Post-Intelligencer reports that the bicycle accident occurred on Lake Washington Boulevard South in Seattle. Officials say he will survive but that he suffered serious rib injuries. A drug-recognition expert evaluated the driver following the crash. It is unclear what led to the collision or if the driver will be cited for the accident.

Seattle is known for being bike-friendly and many local riders take to the roadways on their daily commute to and from work. May is National Bike Month and it is a good time to reflect on not only the benefits of riding a bike in Seattle, but also how important it is for riders and motorists to share the road. Failure to do so can result in devastating accidents. Read the rest »

What You Need to Know about Bicycle Accidents Involving Bike Lane Intrusions

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on April 18, 2013

Washington Bike Lane AccidentsWashington State has invested a substantial amount of money into adding bike lanes on busy roadways. These lanes are meant to provide a safe haven for bicyclists where riders won’t have to worry about vehicles crashing into them. Unfortunately, bike lane intrusion accidents do happen, and they often result in serious or fatal injuries. It is important to understand the many causes of bike lane accidents.

Washington bicycle accidents can happen even when a bicyclist is legally riding within a bike lane. These types of accidents typically involve a car colliding with the back of the bicycle or motorists swerving into bikes. Common causes of these types of collisions include: Read the rest »

The Importance of Wearing a Bicycle Helmet

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on March 14, 2013

Seattle Bicycle Helmet Seattle bicycle accident lawyers know the important role helmets play in preventing head injuries in many types of crashes. There is currently no state law requiring helmet use in Washington. Many cities and counties, including King County and Seattle, have enacted helmet laws for all bicyclists. It is unclear why Washington lawmakers have not made a statewide helmet law yet because the numbers clearly show that wearing a helmet can greatly increase your chances of surviving a crash and prevent catastrophic head injuries.

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), helmet use reduces the risk of head injuries by 85 percent. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that by wearing a bike helmet you reduce your risk of brain injury by 88 percent and your chances of suffering facial injuries by 65 percent. The IIHS further reports that of the 616 cyclists killed in the year 2010, 429 were not wearing helmets and 94 were wearing helmets. It is not clear if the remaining 93 were properly helmeted. Therefore, the vast majority of cyclists who were fatally injured were not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash. Read the rest »

Good Samaritans Lift SUV off Bicyclist after Seattle Crash

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on February 19, 2013

Good Samaritans recently helped free an injured bicyclist from underneath an SUV by working together to lift the vehicle that was on top of him. KOMO News reports that the bicycle accident occurred at NE 43rd Street and 15th Avenue NE in Seattle.

Officials have not released information regarding how the Seattle bike-car collision occurred, but the bicyclist’s foot ended up underneath the SUV. Passers-by lifted the car up and freed the 28-year-old bicyclist. The injured victim was transported by ambulance with unspecified injuries. Read the rest »

Understanding the Variety of Bicycle Laws in Washington State

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on January 30, 2013

Washington Bike Crash InjuryWashington is considered one of the most bike-friendly states in the country. Unfortunately, bicyclists in Washington State still face the same risks and hazards that bicyclists in other states face. One way you can reduce your chances of being involved in a Washington bicycle accident is to obey the law.

First, it is important for riders and drivers to remember that cyclists have the same rights and responsibilities as motorists. Under RCW 46.61.755, “Every person riding a bicycle upon a roadway shall be granted all of the rights and shall be subject to all of the duties applicable to the driver of a vehicle.” Additionally, “Every person riding a bicycle upon a sidewalk or crosswalk must be granted all of the rights and is subject to all of the duties applicable to a pedestrian.” Read the rest »

Avoiding Accidents While Bicycling at Night

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on January 15, 2013

WA Nighttime Bicycling SafetyFor five years in a row, the League of American Bicyclists has named Washington State the nation’s number one “Bicycle Friendly State.” This does not mean, however, that Washington’s roadways are perfectly safe for bicyclists. Being visible is an important part of bicycle safety. This is especially true if you are riding your bike at night. There are a number of steps you can take to decrease your chances of being involved in a Washington bicycle accident.

First, it is important to obey Washington’s bicycle laws. Washington Statute 46.61.780 requires all nighttime cyclists to utilize a white front light that is visible from 500 feet. Riders must also use a red rear reflector, but it is also advisable to use a red rear light and to wear bright clothes. Additional lights, reflectors, and reflective tape are strongly recommended, but not required by law. Read the rest »

Seattle Bicycle Safety: On Track?

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on November 14, 2011

Seattle bicycle riders are pushing for more space on the roads. As reported by Fox Spokane, a revised plan for installing cycle tracks around the city is being reviewed by officials. The tracks, or separated lanes, would offer riders additional protection and isolation, and would cost approximately $400,000 to complete. However, even if it makes it through the masses of red tape and budget sheets, a city transformation of that nature will not happen overnight. In the meantime, bicyclists should always adhere to the following safety rules provided by the Seattle Police regarding helmet use.

  • Wear a helmet at all times when riding: It reduces the risk of head and brain injury by 85 percent or more. And it’s the law. If you neglect to wear a helmet in Seattle, you are subject to police citations and fines.
  • Be sure your helmet meets safety standards: These standards are set forth by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC); helmets should include safety certification stickers upon purchase from retailers. Read the rest »

After Delivery Man’s Death, Seattle Considers Safety Measures for Bicyclists

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on September 19, 2011

A recent bicycle crash claimed the life of a Seattle-area sandwich delivery worker, leaving friends, customers, and fellow bicyclists alike to wonder: what’s behind the rising rate of fatal bicycle accidents in Washington recently, and what can be done to stop it?

According to an article in The Seattle Times, the bicycling delivery worker was the tenth person to die in a bicycle accident in the state this year. Similar to the delivery man’s, most of the other deaths also occurred when a motor vehicle struck the bicyclist. For example, one bicyclist was struck and killed by a train, while one lost his life after accidentally riding down a flight of stairs. Read the rest »

Seattle Car Accident Lawyer Urges Bicyclists to Ride Defensively

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on September 23, 2010

Every year an average of more than 700 bicyclists are killed and over 500,000 injured in the United States.

There are millions of cyclists on the roads – the same roads occupied by millions of motor vehicles that are larger, heavier and faster than bikes. So, while bicycling is one of the most popular ways to get around, whether for recreation, sport or transportation, defensive driving applies to people who pedal with their feet to travel, as well as to those who push the gas pedal. Read the rest »

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