Seattle Bicycle Accident Lawyers

Bicycle Accident Lawsuit Attorney In The News

In The News: "Is There a War in Seattle Between Motorists and Cyclists?", The Stranger.

seattle bicycle accident lawyerAs a prominent bicycle injury lawyer with experience in handling serious bicycle collision claims, attorney Chris Davis is often featured by local or national news media covering accident-related issues and/or some of his cases. You may have seen him on local news stations such as KING5, KOMO4, KIRO7 and Q13Fox or national news programs like CNN's Anderson Cooper 360 or InsideEdition. 

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Bollards Cause Bicycle Accidents

While riding on bicycle trails unmarked bollard in the middle of path can be a serious hazard 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 hazards. 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 Boulevard 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

bicycle accident lawyer free legal advise bookMany 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.