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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.

Mourners have painted impromptu orange warning signs around the staircase where the fatal accident took place, and city planners in Seattle are considering other more permanent safety measures that can be put into place to help protect bicyclists from injury or death on Washington roads. On average, ten bicyclists die in Washington each year, but this year the state has already reached that average number with four months still remaining on the calendar. If more safety measures aren’t taken, bicyclists worry that 2011 could be one of the most deadly years on record for those on two wheels.

Bicycle accidents can cause serious injury or death, and they can easily result from drivers failing to pay attention to bicyclists sharing the road. If you or someone you love has been injured in a bicycle crash, the experienced Seattle bicycle accident attorneys at Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. can help. Call us today at (888) 228-3860 for a free confidential case evaluation.

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