As a Seattle bicycle accident attorney, I understand the positives and negatives of riding a bicycle in today’s society. Riding your bike is a healthy alternative to driving but can also be very dangerous when factoring in the close proximity of other vehicles on the road. According to KOMONews.com, a cyclist was a victim of a devastating hit and run in Black Diamond last Friday. Barbara Jimenez was hit from behind while cycling along 288th Street. The impact of the collision launched Jimenez into the shoulder of the road where she suffered numerous injuries including a concussion, road rash and fractures. The victim was wearing a helmet at the time which could have contributed to saving her life. The driver of the car immediately sped away from the scene. No witnesses have come forward in this case but police are investigating a broken side mirror and tire tracks that could lead them to the suspect.
With the economy and gas prices becoming an increasing problem for people, many are turning to bicycling as an alternative means of transportation. According to the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center, in 2009 there were 630 deaths due to bicycle-motor vehicle crashes and 51,000 injuries. Drivers should be aware that cyclists are here to stay and it will benefit everyone to share the road.
If you or a family member have been injured in a Seattle bicycle accident due to the negligence of others and have questions about your rights, contact an experienced bicycle accident attorney today. Riding your bicycle is an enjoyable and healthy activity but safety should also be a consideration. Understanding your rights and determining who is liable in a negligence case is difficult to make sense of. Call me at Premier Law Group and I can help make your decision less stressful by dedicating my time to your case in order to protect your legal and medical rights. I also have experience dealing with insurance companies to make sure you receive everything you are entitled to. For more information and a FREE CONSULTATION, contact me at (206)285-1743.