Bicycle Accident Representation by Kode Law
Bicycle accidents can be extremely traumatizing, and they’re often the result of negligence by inattentive drivers. At Kode Law Firm, PLLC, our knowledgeable attorneys have years of experience representing victims in bicycle accident cases throughout Washington state. We will act as your ally following a traumatic event and fight to get you the compensation you deserve. Contact our team to schedule a consultation today.
Understanding Bicycle Accident Cases
Common Causes of Bicycle Accident Lawsuits
Bicycle accidents can occur for a number of reasons, including the following:
- Distracting driving
- Failure to leave an adequate buffer
- Weaving through traffic
- Unsafe lane changes
- Turning without looking
- Running a red light or stop sign
- Failure to yield
- Driving while intoxicated
- Driver fatigue
According to Washington state law, “No person shall open the door of a motor vehicle on the side adjacent to moving traffic unless and until it is reasonably safe to do so.” In this case, even accidents that occur with a parked vehicle may give the bicyclist reasonable grounds to pursue legal action.
Common Injuries Experienced in Bicycle Accidents
Bicyclists can be subjected to many different injuries during an accident, including the following most common injuries caused by bicycle accidents:
- Head trauma
- Facial injuries
- Neurological damage
- Emotional trauma
- Spine injuries & disc ruptures
- Bone fractures
- Wrongful death
Always keep careful documentation of all injuries and medical expenses incurred following a bicycle accident as these records can be used to strengthen your case.
Bicycle Accidents & Washington State
Washington state is one of the safest places in the country to ride your bike; however, accidents still occur. The following highlights some of the key statistics related to bicycle accidents in Washington:
- Intersections are the most dangerous areas for bicyclists
- 25% of all fatal bicycle accidents occurred when the cyclist attempted to cross a roadway
- More than 25% of fatal accidents occur when riders go against traffic
FAQs About Bicycle Accident Cases in Washington
What is the statute of limitations on bicycle accidents in Washington?
Washington state classifies bicycle accidents as personal injury cases and therefore provides up to three years from the date of the accident to settle a claim or file a lawsuit.
What damages can be claimed in a bicycle accident lawsuit?
Bicyclists may claim the damages in their bicycle accident lawsuits, including:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Loss or destruction of personal property
- Bicycle repair or replacement costs
- Pain & suffering
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Emotional distress
- Loss of consortium
How does Washington state determine fault in a bicycle accident lawsuit?
Washington is a comparative fault state, meaning that even bicyclists may be found to be at fault. Therefore, if a victim files for $100,000 in damages and is found to share 30% of the blame for the accident, they can only receive $70,000.
Should I call the police after a bicycle accident?
While it’s helpful to have a police report, it may not always be beneficial to call the police following a bike accident. Seattle and other cities throughout Washington are openly unsympathetic towards bicyclists, and therefore may not be particularly helpful to your case.
Kode Law for Washington’s Bicycle Accident Attorneys
At Kode Law, our knowledgeable bicycle accident lawyers are here to help you following a traumatic event. Not only a team of expert attorneys, our law firm has bilingual staff members available to help clients who speak English, Spanish, Hindi, and Punjabi. Get the personalized care you need from a team of dedicated attorneys by contacting Kode Law today!