The Wenatchee World reported today that a cyclist was injured after a collision with a car. The cyclist was taken to Central Washington Hospital for treatment. The accident occurred on Chelan Avenue in downtown Wenatchee. The car was coming out of an alley when the collision occurred. The Wenatchee police are investigating the accident but they did not cite the driver of the car at the scene.
According to the United States Department of Transportation, there were 8,540 collisions between bicycles and automobiles reported to the police between the years of 1988-1993 in Washington State. Some of the interesting facts in the study include:
- One-half of all collisions between bicycles and automobiles involved cyclists who were 15 years old or younger.
- 80% of the collisions involved male cyclists.
- More than one-half of the collisions occurred at intersections.
If you are involved in a bicycle accident, here are some recommendations:
- Do not make any assumptions at who is fault.
- Use your cell phone and call 9-1-1.
- Do not move your bicycle – leave it where it lays so the police can use the position of the bicycle, etc. to help make their determination.
- Get contact information from any witnesses.
- Take pictures. While most cyclists travel light, most cell phones come with a built-in camera these days.
- Seek medical attention. Cyclists tend to be pretty stoic about pain but you should be treated immediately.
- Do not given a written or recorded statement to anyone.
- Do not settle your case until you understand the full extent of your injuries.
If you or a family member has been seriously injured in a bicycle accident, you may need to seek legal representation. The Farber Law Group has over thirty years experience in representing personal injury cases. Call today for a free consultation.