A 44-year old bicyclist suffered life-threatening injuries after he ran into the side of a van whose driver made a left turn in front of him reports Seattle’s KOMO News.
The bicycle accident happened at the intersection of Lake Washington Boulevard South and South Orcas Street around 6:35pm Friday evening.
According to the report, a Chevy van driven by a 29-year-old driver was headed north on Lake Washington Boulevard South and made a left turn onto Orcas Street. The bicyclist, who was headed South on Lake Washington Boulevard, ran into the van. The bicyclist was taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle and was listed in critical condition.
Washington State statute provides that a driver turning left within an intersection should yield the right-of-way to any vehicle approaching from the opposite direction. The right-of-way is not absolute but relative but the primary duty rests upon the driver who is turning to left to leave a fair margin of safety at all times.
A bicyclist who is injured in a collision with a vehicle may be entitled to compensation for damages including medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and for any permanent disability or disfigurement. If you or a loved one has been involved in a bicycle accident, you should contact the knowledgeable and experienced bicycle accident lawyers at The Farber Law Group. We have more than 30 years experience in the greater Seattle area.