Were You Injured After a Bike Collision at an Intersection? Let Us Help!
Riding a bicycle on public roads can involve passing through areas with a lot of traffic. Additionally, no matter where you are riding in Seattle, you may need to cross an intersection or two. What’s more, depending on the time of day and location, a crossroads can be dangerous for even the most experienced cyclist. Furthermore, careless drivers can cause damage in busy intersections that can result in serious injury or death. Therefore, when intersection bicycle accidents like this happen, the responsible party can be held liable in civil court.
Moreover, if you or a loved one were involved in an intersection bicycle accident, you may be able to pursue legal action. What’s more, you’ll need an experienced Seattle intersection bicycle accident lawyer to obtain the full amount of compensation you’re owed. However, Premier Law Group is able to help people just like you secure full and fair compensation. Additionally, we are a dedicated, trustworthy and capable personal injury firm. Further, we will help pursue your goals and provide the highest level of representation while you focus on your recovery.
To schedule a FREE consultation to speak with one of our experienced Seattle bicycle accident attorneys, call 206.285.1743.
Seattle Bicycle Accident Statistics
In 2017, 783 cyclists died in motor vehicle traffic accidents in the United States. Cyclist deaths made up 2.1 percent of all motor vehicle traffic fatalities. Sadly, in the same year, 10 percent of all traffic fatalities in Seattle were bicyclists.
- In 2017 the average age of cyclists killed in traffic crashes was 47.
- The average age of cyclists killed has increased from 41 in 2008 to 47 in 2017.
- The majority of cyclists killed in 2017 were males.
Top 10 Most Dangerous Intersections in Washington State
Additionally, studies show that downtown Seattle is perhaps the most dangerous area for bike riders in Washington state. As such, the top 10 most dangerous locations for bike riders in the state are:
|Rank||Zone Center Point||City||Crashes||Minor Injury||Serious Injury||BDI|
|1||4th Ave & Pike St||Seattle||54||43||2||193|
|2||12th Ave & E Pike St||Seattle||30||21||8||133|
|3||2nd Ave & Columbia St||Seattle||31||26||2||119|
|4||Roosevelt Way NE & NE 42nd St||Seattle||26||23||0||95|
|6||Dexter Ave N & Aloha St||Seattle||17||13||1||61|
|7||5th Ave S & S Main St||Seattle||16||13||1||60|
|8||E Magnolia St & Cornwall Ave||Bellingham||16||13||0||55|
|9||Pine St & Summit Ave||Seattle||12||8||2||46|
|10||E. Olive Way & E Denny Way||Seattle||10||8||1||39|
What Compensation Am I Entitled To After a Bike Crash?
Furthermore, intersection bicycle accidents can be quite dangerous. That is to say, the resulting injuries are often extensive and need quite a bit of recovery time. However, every accident is different, and the compensation you receive will depend on the specifics of your situation.
Moreover, there are many physical and emotional tolls that can result from intersection bicycle accidents. That is to say, most settlements will cover these costs, which can include:
- Hospital and doctor bills
- Physical therapy
- Pain and suffering
- Lost wages
- Wrongful death
Common Injuries Resulting From Intersection Bicycle Accidents
Additionally, the injuries that can result from intersection bicycle accidents are varied. Moreover, regardless of how severe your injuries are, contact Premier Law Group if you’ve been in an intersection bicycle accident.
What’s more, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the most common injuries resulting from intersection bicycle accidents are:
- Cuts and bruises
- Dental injuries
- Road rash
- Broken or fractured bones
- Skull fractures
- Facial fractures
- Internal injuries, including lung injuries
- Brain Injury
- Wrongful death
Wrongful Death Damages in Intersection Bicycle Accidents
Unfortunately, some intersection bicycle accidents can be tragic however. Consequently, if you’ve lost a family member to a intersection bicycle accident, your family may have a wrongful death claim to recover compensation for:
- Medical bills of the deceased before death
- Pain, and suffering of the deceased before death
- Lost future income
- Funeral, and burial costs
- Lost love, affection, companionship, or guidance
- Loss of household duties the deceased performed
Moreover, at Premier Law Group we know how difficult situations like this can be and we want to help you make it as right as possible. Contact us today for a free consultation.
How to Avoid Intersection Bicycle Accidents
Additionally, because of how small and quiet bicycles are, they are easy to overlook. Therefore, if you are on a bike at an intersection, it is advisable to do the following:
- Firstly, follow the law: Bicyclists must adhere to stop signs and traffic lights. Ignoring these at an intersection on a bicycle is likely to put you in harm’s way.
- Secondly, avoid blind spots: You can legally pull up between stopped cars. However, it can be dangerous getting close to the side of a car that is about to turn.
- Thirdly, make eye contact: Sometimes, you only know that a motorist sees you when you make eye contact.
- Fourthly, ride defensively: Only enter an intersection when you are positive that it is safe to cross.
- Finally, use hand signals: Making drivers aware of your intentions can help you avoid a collision.
Who Is at Fault in An Intersection Bicycle Accident?
Furthermore, it is important to identify everyone who may have legal liability for causing your intersection bicycle accident. Additionally, parties who frequently have liability for cyclist’s injuries inflicted by an accident include:
Motorists. Moreover, in general, a driver who fails to yield to a cyclist at an intersection or when either of them is turning left, may end up with legal liability.
Commercial/governmental vehicle operators. What’s more, employers or business entities may be held liable for a driver’s actions behind the wheel.
Government road agencies and their contractors. In addition, governments, local and state, and those who work for them, have an obligation to design and maintain safe public roadways. What’s more, road design and maintenance can create dangers for cyclists and leave those entities exposed to legal liability.
Bicycle equipment manufacturers. Additionally, if a cycling injury results from defective equipment, then the manufacturer of that equipment could face liability to the cyclist.
Most importantly, it’s important to note that every cycling accident is different. What’s more, the parties who are legally responsible for cyclists injuries will vary with each case. Moreover, the best way to identify parties with potential liability is to retain the services of an experienced, diligent Seattle intersection bicycle accident attorney.
Contact a Dedicated Intersection Bicycle Accident Attorney
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We’re straightforward. Secondly, we want to help you towards your goals. We’ll be upfront about whether you even need an attorney to settle your claim.
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Our mission is to make sure everyone who contacts us is informed about their legal options. In conclusion, call 206.285.1743. today to do a free intersection bicycle accident case review. Also, view our reviews to find out more about how we fight to get our clients what they deserve. As always, you don’t have to pay a fee until we win!