Serious and minor bicycle accidents happen every day. Although drivers are required to exercise reasonable care when sharing the road with cyclists, it can happen to anyone. If a motor vehicle driver's reckless or negligent driving caused you or a family member to be injured in a crash, a bicyle accident attorney can help you get financial compensation for your injuries.
Bicycle Accident Lawsuits In Washington
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.
The award-winning bicycle accident lawyers at Davis Law Group, P.S. understands the complex issues that affect injured cyclists and can help you better understand your legal rights. 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.
Bicycle Accident Attorney In The News
In The News: "Is There a War in Seattle Between Motorists and Cyclists?", The Stranger.
As a prominent bicycle injury lawyer with experience in handling serious bicycle collision claims, attorney Chris Davis is often featured by local or national new media covering accident-related issues and/or some of his cases. You may have him on local stations such as KING5, KOMO4, KIRO7 and Q13Fox or national news programs like CNN's Anderson Cooper 360 or InsideEdition.
Bollards Cause Bicycle Accidents
While riding on bicycle trails unmarked bollard in the middle of path can be a serious hazzard for cyclists. Colliding with a rigid metal, wood or concrete bollard on a bicycle can cause serious injury or even death. Local, state, and federal laws require specific pavement markings around bollards or obstructions installed on shared use trails. Pavement warning stripes, an “alert bar”, and retro-reflectorized markings to warn bicyclists and other path users of the existence of bollards installed in the middle of trails are by the MUTCD, AASHTO, and the WSDOT Design Manual.
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 At-Fault Driver'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.
Bicyclist's Missed Time from 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.
The Type and Severity of the Cyclist's 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.
Most Dangerous Bicycle Trails In King County
The grown in bicycle use for commuting has increased the number of cyclists injured in collisions with cars. May cyclists believe that trails are the safest place to ride during their commute and try to use trails whenever possible. But the truth is trails can be a lot less predictable place than the road. Bollards, walkers, joggers, baby strollers, skateboarders, children and dogs all present unpredictable hazzards. Here are just a few of the Seattle-area trails that are often dangerous for cyclists.
- Green River Trail Cycling
- Sammamish River Trail Bike Path
- Cross Kirkland Corridor Trail
- John Wayne Tunnel Trail
- I-90 Mountain to Sound Greenway Trail Biking
- Marymoor Connector Trail
- Redmond Ridge Trail
- Centennial Trail
- Elliott Bay Trail
- Burke-Gilman Trail Cycling
- Lake Washington Blouvard Bicycle Route
- Bainbridge Island Ride
- Interurban Trail Loop
- Olympic Discovery Trail
- Busway Trial
- Bridle Crest Trail
- Emerson Street Bike Path
Finding A Top Bicycle Accident Law Firm
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.
2017 Bike Accident Statistics For Washington State
Washington state prides itself on being bike friendly, however accidents will always happen. According to 2017 data from the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT):
- Fatal bicycle collisions: 13
- Suspected serious injury collisions: 102
- Suspected minor injury collisions: 546
- Possible injury collisions: 464
- No apparent injury collisions: 80
- Total bicycle collisions: 1,205
2017 King County Bike Accident Statistics
- Fatal bicycle collisions: 5
- Suspected serious injury collisions: 46
- Suspected minor injury collisions: 263
- Possible injury collisions: 208
- No apparent injury collisions: 32
- Total bicycle collisions: 554
Get Your FREE Bicycle Accident Book
Many people who have been involved in a bicycle accident simply want to learn more about their own legal rights before contacting a lawyer. Seattle attorney Chris Davis wrote "Wheels Of Justice: The Essential Guide To Bicycle Accident Law In Washington State" to educate bicyclists about the law and how it affects the process of pursuing a personal injury claim. You can order a free copy of the book now, and you will receive it in just a few business days.
Get your complimentary copy of "Wheels Of Justice" today and learn for yourself how to navigate the insurance claims process, or whether hiring an experienced bicycle accident attorney might be in your best interests.
Legal Consultation For Bicycle Accidents
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.
Sources & References
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- "Pedestrian and Bicyclist Crash Statistics." Pedestrian & Bicycle Information Center. UNC Highway Safety Research Center, n.d. Web. <http://www.pedbikeinfo.org/data/factsheet_crash.cfm>.
- Wachtel, Alan, and Diana Lewiston. "Risk Factors for Bicycle-Motor Vehicle Collisions at Intersections*." RiskFactors. ITE Journal (Institute of Transportation Engineers), 1994. Web. <http://www.bicyclinglife.com/Library/riskfactors.htm>.
Bicycle Accident Settlements
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, Travelers)
- $900,000 Wrongful Death of Bicyclist Hit By Teen Driver (Case No. 200267, Liberty Mutual)
- $650,000 Bicycle Accident In Shopping Center Parking Lot (Case No. 200862, ravelers)
- $600,000 Man On Bicycle Struck In Bike Lane (Case No. 200146, K&K Insurance Group)
- $550,000 Bicycle Rider Struck By Car (Case No. 201007, Safeco)
- $500,000 Seattle Bicycle Rider Struck By Vehicle (Case No. 201211, 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, 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, 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, Allstate)
- $75,000 Bicycle Hit My Motor Vehicle (Case No. 200081, 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, Pemco)
- $50,000 Bicycle Hit By Opening Car Door (Case No. 201134, GEICO)