Riding a bicycle during the Washington summer is one of my favorite activities, but it is important for everyone who rides their bikes on city streets to exercise caution and take certain precautions to be as safe as possible. As a Bellevue personal injury lawyer, some of the worst injuries I have seen were due to a bicycle accident – especially when a helmet was not being worn.
Thursday evening, a 9-year-old boy was injured in a Suquamish bicycle accident and taken to Harborview Medical Center for treatment. While the boy sustained injuries to his legs and head, none appear to be life-threatening. The accident occurred around 6:15 pm last night in the intersection of NE Plum St. and Brockton Ave. in Suquamish, WA. The boy, who was not wearing a helmet at the time, slowed down a bit before entering the intersection, but never came to a stop. A 50-year-old Suquamish woman approached the intersection in her Subaru, but did not have time to stop before hitting the boy. The accident is being investigated, but there appear to be no issues with alcohol, drugs or speed.
Riding a bicycle is a fun, but risky activity. There are, however a few ways to reduce the risk of being involved in an accident, and ways to protect yourself if you do happen to be hit by a car. Wearing a helmet is especially critical in protecting bicyclists in many accidents from serious head trauma. I have written a few articles on bicycle safety in the past, including this one on Tips to Prevent Bicycle Accidents. If you have any other questions, please feel free to call Premier Law Group at (206) 285-1743.