Articles Posted in Bicycle Accidents

bike-ad.jpgWearing a bicycle helmet is a must for all bicyclists, both young and old.

Bicycle helmets save lives and prevent traumatic brain injuries. An Institute of Medicine review of bicycle accident concussions found that wearing a helmet reduced the risk of a traumatic brain injury by almost 70%.

In the past twenty years, 90% of bicyclists who were killed were not wearing a bicycle helmet. There is no doubt that bicycle helmets are an essential safety gear and prevent brain damage.

Bicyclists should turn to Consumer Reports, a magazine that publishes reviews and rates products based upon testing in their research center. Consumer Reports tests how well helmets can withstand impact and how much force is transmitted to a cyclist’s head in a bicycle accident. They test impact to all areas of the heads including front, crown, back and sides. They also test the chinstraps and buckles to see how strong they are.

Cannondale Teramo bicycle helmets

Cannondale Teramo bicycle helmets did not pass the Consumer Report chin strap buckle test. Consumer Reports found that the chin strap buckle broke during multiple tests. Consumer Reports advises bicycle riders to not wear a Cannondale Teramo helmet because it poses a safety risk.

Washington Bicycle Accident Lawyer

The Farber Law Group is a personal injury law firm in Bellevue, Washington and we represent victims of bicycle accidents including those due to negligent of public entities including pothole accidents, sewer grate accidents, and railroad track accidents. We also represent victims of crashes with motor vehicles due to driver negligent.

Contact The Farber Law Group at 1-800-244-9087 or attorney@hgfarber.com to schedule a free and confidential case evaluation. Our Bellevue office is here to assist you.
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Haley Woods, a Seattle resident, recently posted a video to YouTube showing how difficult it is for pedestrians and bicyclists to cross the Ballard bridge. The video already has more than 10,000 views just a week after it was posted.

 

 

The Ballard bridge, which is also known as the 15th Avenue bridge,was built in 1917 and is 2,854 feet long and carries traffic over Seattle’s Salmon Bay between Ballard and Interbay and on to downtown Seattle.

Woods told about one of her own harrowing experiences when bicycling across the bridge. She was blown against a bridge post and fell into the lane of traffic. In July 2007,in a similar accident, Terry McMacken was struck by a car, lost his left arm and succumbed to his injuries about a year later.

The problem the bridge poses for pedestrians and bicyclists is that the sidewalk is very narrow — just 39″ wide at his narrowest — with a 10.5″ cement barrier between the sidewalk and traffic.

Because of the narrowness of the sidewalk, it is difficult to pass someone on the bridge and, with the slightest mishap, a cyclist could fall into oncoming traffic and be hit by vehicles traveling upwards of 35miles per harrow. The sidewalk is so narrow that it is virtually impossible for a bicyclist to pass someone pushing a baby stroller without the cyclist stepping onto the barrier or into traffic.

The Seattle Department of Transportation has published a study on widening the sidewalk but they cite the huge expense. In the meantime, alternative routes to taking this bridge can add a hours walking time.

Road Hazards and their Roles in Bicycle Accidents

Bicyclists are more susceptible to accidents caused by hazards in the road including sewer grates, potholes, and railroad tracks. When a bicycle accident is caused by a road hazard, the entity such as the city or county that maintains the roadway may be liable for injuries.

bike-side-ad.gifThe Farber Law Group has 30 years experience handling personal injury claims and lawsuits on behalf of injured bicyclists. In successfully pursuing a negligent claim stemming from accidents involving governmental entites, the following must be present:

  • The entity breached a duty of care owed to the bicyclist
  • The breach of care caused the injuries suffered by the bicyclist.

Claims against governmental entities can be particular difficulty so it is wise to hire a personal injury attorney so that the claim can be filed in a timely manner and to insure the cyclists rights are not compromised.

Call Washington bicycle lawyer Herbert Farber at The Farber Law Group at 1-800-244-9087. We can provide a free and confidential case evaluation to discuss the merits of your case.

Contact The Farber Law Group at 1-800-244-9087 or attorney@hgfarber.com to schedule a free and confidential case evaluation. Our Bellevue office is here to assist you.
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washington drunk driving accident lawyerA Puyallup teen faces upgraded charges of vehicular homicide after the bicycle accident victim that she hit on November 24 died on December 9th of the injuries he sustained in the accident.

Kallie James had been charged with vehicular assault after the accident in which she ran a stop sign and struck Eric Renz, 66 of Puyallup, who was riding his bicycle near the Washington State Fair Grounds.

Renz was hospitalized after the accident but was in a coma and never regained consciousnesses before he died.

James allegedly was high on drugs and marijuana at the time of the accident.

Vehicular homicide, Washington Vehicle Code RCW 46.61.520, can be charged if a person succumbs to injuries suffered in an automobile accident within three years of the incident. Vehicular homicide can be charged if the at-fault driver was driving recklessly, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs or driving with reckless disregard to the safety of others.

Those found guilty of vehicular homicide face a sentencing range of between 78-102 months.

Washington Victims of Impaired Driving

Impaired driving is a still a significant problem in the nation and in the state of Washington even though numbers have been declining. Every year, approximately 700 people in the state are killed in motor vehicle accidents and about half of these deaths could have been prevented because the driver was impaired by alcohol and or drugs.

Drugs and alcohol impair a driver’s judgment along with their coordination, reaction time and vision.

Criminal versus civil claims

While the state files charges against a drunk driver, victims and their families may file a lawsuit claiming damages in civil court. A conviction of vehicular homicide or vehicular assault is prima facie evidence of reckless behavior and supports a civil claim. The auto accident lawyers at The Farber Law Group can work to maximize the civil judgment.
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Cities across the nation are encouraging motorists to become bicyclists and bicycle commuting has increased dramatically since 2000. Most cities do not have the infrastructure such as bicycle lanes and complete streets to keep bicyclists safe, and as a result, bicycle accident fatalities are on the rise.

In fact, there was a 16% increase in bicycling accident fatalities between 2010 and 2012 according to a Governors Highway Safety Association study, Bicyclist Fatalities a Growing Problem for Key Groups.

Several factors stand out when looking at bicycle accident fatality statistics:

  • Adults age 20 and over make up 84% of all those killed while bicycling. Of those killed, about 74% were adult males.
  • Bicycle helmets do make a difference. Approximately two-thirds of all bicyclists who were killed were not wearing a bicycle helmets. Many states do not have mandatory bicycle helmet laws but Washington state enacted theirs in 1990.
  • Bicycling and drinking do not mix. 28% of bicyclists killed had a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.08% or more.

Where do fatal bicycle accidents occur?

Approximately 37% of all fatal bicycle accident occurred at intersections. Often, T-intersections are involved. Roundabouts, while not common in the U.S., are particularly dangerous for bicyclists. 59% of bicycle deaths occurred on roads considered major but that were not interstate highways or freeways. Not surprisingly, bicycle accident fatalities and severity of injuries increase with higher road speeds.

Washington bicycle accident statistics

In 2012, a bicyclist or pedestrian was involved in a motor vehicle accident every 3 hours. In all, there were 12 bicycle accident fatalities and 110 serious injuries.

Causes of Bicycle accidents

When a bicycle and a motor vehicle collide, one of the common contributing factors is “failure to provide a proper lookout” by either the cyclist or the driver. Other factors including drivers making poor turning maneuvers or reckless driving.

Bicycle accident injuries

Arm and leg injuries are very common in bicycle accidents. Chest and abdomen injuries occur in only about 5% of accidents, but when they do happen, they are often quite serious. Head injuries including skull fractures can result in a concussion or a traumatic brain injury.

When to hire a bicycle accident attorney

If you or a loved one has been seriously injured, or a loved one killed, in a bicycle accident caused by the negligence of another, you may be seeking answers to your legal questions. The Farber Law Group, a Bellevue-based personal injury law firm, is here to answer your legal questions. We provide a free and confidential case evaluation.

Contact The Farber Law Group at 1-800-244-9087 or attorney@hgfarber.com to schedule a free and confidential case evaluation. Our Bellevue office is here to assist you.
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The Washington State patrol says that texting and alcohol were factors when a pickup truck driver struck a bicyclist on State Route 410 near 166th around 10pm on Thursday.

The pickup truck driver faces vehicular assault charges. Washington State vehicle code RCW 46.61.522 states that a person can be charged with vehicular assault if a person is seriously injured in a motor vehicle accident and the driver was driving recklessly, driving under the influence of an intoxicant or driving without regard to the safety of others.

The unidentified bicyclist is a Bonney Lake man, 43. He is at Good Samaritan Hospital with undisclosed injuries.

The pickup truck driver is a 23-year-old man from Lake Tapps. The Washington State Patrol reported that he drifted onto the shoulder where the bicyclist was riding.

A conviction of vehicular assault can result in serious penalties including revocation of driving privileges.

In addition to criminal charges, victims of vehicular assault can file a civil suit requesting compensation for their damages which can include medical bills, rehabilitation costs, loss of wages and pain and suffering.

This information is provided by Seattle Car Accident Lawyer blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have been the victims of negligent drivers. With our help, you obtain compensation for your damages.

Contact The Farber Law Group at 1-800-244-9087 or attorney@hgfarber.com to schedule a free and confidential case evaluation. Our Bellevue office is here to assist you.
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Motor vehicle accidents which involve pedestrians often have result in serious, if not life-threatening injuries. Pedestrians can suffer serious injuries even if the car, SUV or truck were traveling at relative low speeds. Of course, if a vehicle is going fast, the results can be catastrophic, often resulting in death.

Washington Pedestrian Accident Statistics

The following pedestrian accident statistics are provided by the Washington Traffic Safety Commission from 2012:

  • A pedestrian or bicyclist was involved in an accident every three hours.
  • A pedestrian or bicyclist was killed in an accident every four days.
  • There were 2,038 pedestrians injured or killed in collision with 75 deaths, 337 serious injuries and 1,594 injuries classified as minor.
  • There were 1,269 bicyclists injured or killed in collisions including 12 deaths, 110 serious injuries and 1,139 minor injuries.


How a Personal Injury Attorney Can Help

If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a pedestrian or bicycle accident, a personal injury attorney may be able to help you recover compensation for your injuries, medical costs and for loss of earnings.

The Farber Law Group, a personal injury law firm located in Bellevue, Washington, can help you with a claim if you’ve been injured.

It is crucial to determine fault in any accident. Sometimes drivers are driving drunk, distracted or speeding. Other times, pedestrians are at fault for crossing the street against traffic or a bicyclist is at fault for running a red light. Since each accident is unique, an accident investigation will determine fault.

The police will perform an investigation and their report is important. However, a personal injury attorney may also employ an accident investigator who can interview the ambulance company, witnesses and investigate previous accidents on the same road. The insurance company may also investigate the accident and create a report for their records.

It is important that all evidence including photographs, witness statements and medical care be collated if a claim is to be made.

Accident reports, witnesses and medical records all combined will help to determine fault and damages. A personal injury attorney can represent the bicycle or pedestrian accident victim to make sure their rights are protected.

The Farber Law Group represent pedestrian and bicycle accident victims throughout Washington. If you or a loved one has bee injured in an accident in Bellevue, Seattle, Kirkland, Renton, Issaquah, Lynnwood or Everett, please contact our office today to see if we can assist you. Call us toll free at 1-800-244-9087.

Contact The Farber Law Group at 1-800-244-9087 or attorney@hgfarber.com to schedule a free and confidential case evaluation. Our Bellevue office is here to assist you.
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The Washington State Patrol, in a media release, reports that they are searching for a female bicyclist between the age of 25-35 who was involved in a bicycle accident on the Interstate 90 floating bridge on April 30th. They are also seeking witnesses to the accident.

According to the WSP, the bicycle accident occurred around 3:15pm on the west end of the I-90 floating bridge bicycle path when two female bicyclists collided.

The bicycle accident victim, Brenda Dawson, suffered serious injuries including a fractured pelvis and elbow in the collission.

While the WSP is referring to this incident as a “hit and run,” one photo on the internet shows the female being sought obviously distraught and standing near Ms. Dawson.

Washington law is pretty clear; WA RCW 46.61.755 states that bicyclists are subject to “all the duties applicable to the driver of a vehicle.” Motorists are required by law to stop after an accident and exchange information with the other party after an accident and insure that injured persons get medical care.

Hopefully, witnesses will be found and the female bicyclist involved in the accident will come forward so the facts of this accident are sorted out.

This information is provided by Seattle Car Accident Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have been seriously injured in bicycle and auto accidents.

Contact The Farber Law Group at 1-800-244-9087 or attorney@hgfarber.com to schedule a free and confidential case evaluation. Our Bellevue office is here to assist you.
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bicycle%20wheel.jpgThe Seattle Depart of Transportation (SDOT) survey revealed that in 2013 that more than 150,000 Seattleites ride bicycles. Seattle has been working to increase the number of people riding bicycles but safety is the number one deterrent to people not riding a bicycle more.

Bicyclists and pedestrians are at a high risk for accidents in busy cities like Seattle. Unfortunately, yesterday there was a collision between a bicyclist and an automobile. Detective Jeff Kappel of the Seattle Police Depart writes that the SPD investigating a crash between a car and a bicyclist that took place yesterday afternoon around 4:30pm. The unidentified male bicyclist in his 40’s was taken to Harborview Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.

The bicycle accident occurred at 15th Avenue West and West Ruffner Street when the bicyclist and a Honda Accord collided.

bellevue injury lawyerDara Keo, 30, will be arraigned on charges of Vehicular Homicide in the bicycle accident death of Craig Cronister, 44, who was struck while riding his bicycle in Federal Way on August 30.

Cronister was riding his bicycle on the shoulder of Military Road south when Keo’s vehicle swerved out of his lane and hit Cronister. Cronister died the next day at Harbor View Medical Center in Seattle after life support was removed. Read Bicyclist critically injured in Federal Way accident.

Prosecutors, who are charging Keo with vehicular homicide, maintain Keo was stoned on marijuana and prescription drugs when he hit and killed Cronister. A witness reported that Keo was driving erratically prior to the accident.

The Deputy Prosecutor Amy Freedheim said that Cronister claimed, “I have a medical marijuana card so it’s okay” when he was interviewed by police. The court is awaiting the results of Keo’s blood tests for drugs however his breathalyzer test tested negative for alcohol two hours after the motor vehicle accident.

Washington Vehicle Code RCW 64.61.520 “Vehicular Homicide” states that a driver can be charged with vehicular homicide if a person was killed as a result of a motor vehicle accident and the driver was under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

If a driver is convicted of vehicular homicide while under the influence, the sentencing range is between 78-102 months.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, more than 30 Americans are killed every day because of an impaired driver. In 2010 alone, 10,228 people were killed in alcohol-related accidents. Alcohol is only one of many substances that can impair a person’s ability to safely drive a car. Driving under the influence of prescription drugs and prescribed marijuana can result in DUI charges. Whether a person is using legally prescribed muscle relaxers or marijuana and choose to drive a motor vehicle, it is still an illegal act. A prescription is not a defense in a driving under the influence charge.

Testing for Drug Impairment

All states in the U.S. define a blood-alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08 percent or higher to be illegal. Alcohol is processed by the body in a rapid fashion so it is quite easy to take a measurement right after a car accident to determine the level of intoxication. Breathalyzer tests and blood tests are very accurate so measuring a BAC is quite easily achieved.

Testing for other drugs is not quite so easy. A person’s body metabolizes THC,the mind-altering ingredient in marijuana, much slower. THC can be detected in a person’s urine or bloodstreams weeks after a person consumed the drug and there is no correlation between level of impairment and THC in the bloodstream. In a trial, Drug Recognition Experts (DREs) are allowed to provide specific testimony on observation of a driver’s behavior, eye movements and results of field sobriety tests to establish whether the person was under the influence.
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seattle bicycle accident lawyerA bicyclist in his 40’s was critically injured when he was hit by a car near Military Road S. and South 288th Street in Federal Way this morning around 10:50am.

The injured man was taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle with life threatening injuries including an apparent head injury and broken bones. The man apparently lost consciousness after rescue workers arrived.

The bicyclist was not wearing a helmet.

In May, Lance David, 54, of Federal Way was killed when he was struck by a car in Seattle.

Many bicyclists ride as a hobby or for leisure but increasingly, more bicyclists are riding their bicycles to commute to work and for daily transportation. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that bicyclists account for two percent of all traffic fatalities. Many of these fatal collisions could be avoided if drivers and bicyclists worked together to share the road safely.

Bicyclists face many dangers as they traverse our local street. We cannot emphasize enough the importance of wearing an ANSI approved bicycle helmet. A bicycle helmet can certain make the difference between life and death in a bicycle accident. Washington state does not have a universal helmet law but King Count, including Seattle, does require that bicyclists wear a helmet.

This information is provided by Seattle Car Accident Lawyer, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have been seriously injured in bicycle accidents and the family of those killed. Call us today for a FREE and confidential case consultation.

Contact The Farber Law Group at 1-800-244-9087 or attorney@hgfarber.com to schedule a free and confidential case evaluation. Our Bellevue office is here to assist you.
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