Bicycle Accident Injury Claims & Lawsuits
You may have been T-boned by a distracted driver, doored by a passenger exiting a car, hooked by a driver who doesn’t understand how to share the road, or fallen from your bike because of a dangerous, poorly-designed roadway. Regardless of how it happened, you need an attorney who knows how to handle serious bicycle accident cases.
Davis Law Group has represented injured victims of serious and life-changing bicycle accidents for more than 20 years. Attorney Chris Davis is one of the most respected bicycle accident lawyers in Washington state. Davis Law Group has been named Best Injury Law Firm in Washington State by AI Dispute Resolution Awards.
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a bicycle accident in Washington state, contact Davis Law Group at (206) 727-4000 for a no-obligation review of your case.
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What Is A Bicycle Accident Claim Worth?
Each bicycle accident injury case is unique. Many factors go into determining the final number that a victim will be offered in a settlement or verdict after an accident. Some of those factors include:
- The type and severity of the injuries. Medical bills play a large role in determining the value of damages after an accident. An injured cyclist who suffered many broken bones and internal organ damage, had to be airlifted to a trauma center, and spent several weeks in the ICU is going to have much higher damages than a cyclist with no broken bones who was treated primarily by a chiropractor and a massage therapist.
- The at-fault party's insurance policy. Law-abiding drivers carry liability insurance that will pay for a victim’s damages if they cause an accident. Insurance policies usually have limits on how much it will cover, no matter how severe the victim’s injuries are. In some cases, if the cyclist was injured by a government vehicle or a commercial vehicle, the available insurance may be higher. In very rare cases, negligent design of the roadway itself may have contributed to the accident; in these cases, an injured cyclist may be able to file a claim against the city or county responsible for designing and/or maintaining the road.
- What the victim does for a living, and how much time they had to take off work. Lost wages and loss of future income are major factors in the calculation of economic damages. An injured cyclist who lost a year of income, or their entire ability to work, can claim more lost wages than someone who missed a few days of work and went on to make a complete recovery from their injuries.
- Whether the victim is willing to go to trial. Many accident victims prefer to avoid the hassle of taking their case to trial. However, in many cases, insurance companies will offer victims more money if they believe that victim is ready to go to trial; because trials are time-consuming and expensive, insurance companies often prefer to pay more money up front to make the whole problem go away.
- The quality of the law firm the victim hires. While any lawyer who has passed the bar in Washington state is allowed to handle accident claims, few are prepared to get the best possible results for their clients. Attorneys who only take personal injury cases usually have more knowledge of insurance law and more experience with complex cases than attorneys who practice many different areas of law. Large personal injury firms often have an incentive to take lots of cases and close them quickly, making a large amount of money for the firm but only collecting a small amount for each individual client. Small personal injury firms are often more selective about the cases that they will take, and more willing to fight for the maximum amount of money their clients deserve.
Bicycle Accident Statistics
- In 2015, 5,376 pedestrians and 818 bicyclists were killed in crashes with motor vehicles (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Traffic Safety Facts). These two modes accounted for 17.7 percent of the 35,092 total U.S. fatalities that year.
- In 2013 in the U.S., over 900 bicyclists were killed and there were an estimated 494,000 emergency department visits due to bicycle-related injuries.
- Bicyclists accounted for 2 percent of all traffic deaths and 2 percent of all crash-related injuries in 2014.
- Bicycle accidents at intersections accounted for 237 of 371 total bicycle accidents (64 percent), and 233 of 314 bicycle-motor vehicle collisions (74 percent).
- Head injuries contribute to 60 percent of all bike deaths
- 1 in 8 of reported bicyclist injuries were a form of traumatic brain injury.
- Two-thirds of bicycle accident deaths stem from traumatic brain injuries
- In 2009, 630 cyclists were killed and 51,000 were injured nationally
- Seventy percent of bicycle fatalities occurr in urban areas
- The average age of bicyclists killed in traffic accidents in 2009 was 41
- The average age for injurred cyclists was 31
- More than 85 percent of people killed in bike wrecks in 2009 were male
2016 Bicycle Accident Statistics - Washington State
- Fatal Bicycle Crashes - 19
- Suspected Serious Injury Accidents - 135
- Possible/Suspected Injury Collisions - 1,188
- No Apparent Injury Incidents - 94
- Total Bicyclists Accidents - 1,436
Free Bicycle Accident Case Review
Many accident victims are hesitant to contact a personal injury lawyer after being injured in a bicycle accident because of the common misconception that they cannot afford to hire an attorney. In reality, personal injury lawyers work on a contingency fee basis, which means there is no up-front cost and all attorney fees are paid out of your settlement at the conclusion of your case.
Our award-winning attorneys will review your bicycle accident case for free. If we believe that we can help, we’ll explain how we may be able to improve the overall value of your case and why it may be in your best interests to hire a lawyer. Use the confidential contact form on this page or call (206) 727-4000.
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Below are just a few of the many bicycle accident cases that have been successfully resolved by Davis Law Group.
- $3,000,000 Wrongful Death of Bicyclist Hit By A Box Truck (Case No. 201018, Insurance Company: Travelers)
- $900,000 Wrongful Death of Bicyclist Hit By Teen Driver (Case No. 200267, Insurance Company: Liberty Mutual)
- $650,000 Bicycle Accident In Shopping Center Parking Lot (Case No. 200862, Insurance Company: Travelers)
- $600,000 Man On Bicycle Struck In Bike Lane (Case No. 200146, Insurance Company: K&K Insurance Group)
- $550,000 Bicycle Rider Struck By Car (Case No. 201007, Insurance Company: Safeco)
- $500,000 Seattle Bicycle Rider Struck By Vehicle (Case No. 201211, Insurance Company: Safeco)
- $420,000 Settlement For 7 yr old Hit on Bicycle Read The Client Story
- $300,000 Bicycle Hit By Vehicle Exiting Driveway (Case No. 200617, Insurance Company: Farmers)
- $300,000 Cyclist Killed In Kirkland By Distracted Driver Read The Client Story
- $300,000 Man On Bicycle Hit By Company Car Read The Client Story
- $250,000 Hit While Riding In A Marked Seattle Bicycle Lane (Case No. 201211, Insurance Company: Safeco)
- $160,000 Settlement For Severe Ankle Injury From Bicycle Collision Read The Client Story
- $100,000 Bicycle Hit By Van Turning In Front (Case No. 200549, Insurance Company: Allstate)
- $75,000 Bicycle Hit My Motor Vehicle (Case No. 200081, Insurance Company: Great American)
- $75,000 Settlement Paid by City of Seattle Pays For Bicycle Accident
- $62,000 Boy On Bicycle Hit While Riding In Neighborhood (Case No. 200647, Insurance Company: Pemco)
- $50,000 Bicycle Hit By Opening Car Door (Case No. 201134, Insurance Company: GEICO)