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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.
  • Always keep it fastened properly: The helmet should be firmly fixed on top of the head; it should never be worn shifted to any side. If the helmet is loose or improperly fitted, it will not protect the rider. If you have questions about the proper way to wear a bicycle helmet, consult a qualified bike store, or do an online search for more instruction.
  • Replace old or damaged helmets: Always purchase a new helmet after an accident, or following five years of use without any damage.

According to Seattle government data, trauma to the head is responsible for around 60 percent of bike fatalities, two thirds of hospital visits resulting from bike accidents, and one third of emergency room visits of the same nature. If you’ve been injured in a bicycle accident in Seattle that you believe was the fault of a motor vehicle driver, contact the Seattle bicycle accident attorneys with Hardwick & Pendergast P.S. at (888)228-3860 for a free consultation.

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