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Protect Yourself as a Washington Bicyclist, Know the State’s Laws

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on July 16, 2013

Washington Bike AccidentWhile not every driver on the road may know it, bicyclists have the same rights on Washington roads as larger vehicles. These laws govern what bicyclists can and cannot do while on the streets, but they also protect them from the dangerous actions of a reckless driver and give them the right to seek compensation in the wake of an accident.

It is absolutely vital for your safety to obey traffic laws while riding a bike. Here are a few Washington State bicycle laws to bear in mind whenever you are riding:

  • RCW 46.61.755 grants you all of the rights and responsibilities of a motorist. This means that you are granted the same rights as drivers of other vehicles, but you also have the same duties such as yielding right-of-way to pedestrians and stopping at red lights and stop signs.
  • RCW 46.61.770 allows cyclists to ride side by side but no more than two abreast.
  • RCW 46.61.770 also allows cyclists to choose between the roadway, a bike path, a bike lane, or the shoulder as suits their needs.
  • RCW 46.61.780 requires riders to have a white front light and a red rear reflector when riding at night to increase their visibility.

If you or a loved one has suffered an injury in a Washington bicycle accident, it may be in your best interest to discuss your legal rights and options with a skilled personal injury lawyer. The Seattle bicycle accident attorneys at Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. have a long history of successfully helping victims of Washington car accidents. Contact us at (888) 228-3860 for a no-cost consultation.

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