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An unidentified bicyclist was awarded $6M for injuries sustained when he was hit by an airport shuttle bus near the John Wayne Airport in Orange County.

Vik Jolly, writing in The Orange County Register, reported that the 32-year-old bicyclist suffered serious injuries including a fractured pelvis and internal injuries in the bicycle accident.
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The plaintiff’s law firm said the award was one of the largest bicycle accident settlements in the County’s history. Both sides of the lawsuit signed a confidential agreement prior before a jury trial.

The plaintiff’s attorneys said the shuttle bus driver ran over the man after failing to yield and he admitted to not seeing the bicyclist.

The defendant’s claimed that the bicyclist was not equipped with reflective gear and was under the influence of Xanax and marijuana at the time of the accident.

Confidential Settlement

A confidential settlement is a contract that disputing parties in a lawsuit sign before or after court action begins. Many times, the plaintiffs and defendants in a lawsuit settle the dispute before a trial begins to avoid the stress and legal fees involved.

In this case, the settlement amount probably reflects the fact that the bicyclist continues to suffer chronic pain in his neck, back and pelvis and it is likely that his recovery was a long one.

This information is provided by Seattle Car Accident Lawyer blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have been seriously injured in bicycling accidents and pedestrian accidents and the family of those who have died.
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There are few things that can make a cyclist feel less comfortable than sharing the road with belligerent 1,500 metal beasts wearing only a plastic helmet, but lots of them do it every day. Whether commuting or just riding for pleasure, navigating busy streets presents plenty of dangers.

Of course it would be just great if cars were constantly on the lookout for cyclists, but that’s just not the case. Bicyclists shouldn’t rely on drivers or fast reaction times to keep them safe, instead they should take precautions to proactively protect themselves on the road. To that end, here’s a list of simple recommendations (beyond a helmet and “follow the law”) that will help you avoid collisions with cars:

  1. Stay to the left. That’s right, it’s safer to ride closer to the cars! After all, if you’re in their way, they can see you. Cars hitting cyclists while pulling out of a side street or alley is one of the most common collision profiles. Allowing a little more space for reaction time (both yours and the drivers), and traveling further in the car lane so that you are in a position where drivers will be looking for cars, is important. The same principle applies to avoiding drivers who fail to yield and turn right directly in front of you. Riding a little farther to the left might cause drivers to honk a bit more, but at least it will keep you from plowing into the side of a turning Chevy. Keeping to the left can also prevent you from flying into an opened car door of a parked car. There are instances in which bike lanes will help you avoid this scenario, but it’s best to just stay away from the risk in the first place.
  2. Don’t ride on the sidewalk. Again, it’s worth stressing that it’s important to only ride your bike in areas where drivers are looking for things not to hit. Generally, that means riding where cars are looking for other cars, ie- not on the sidewalk. Although the sidewalk is where cyclists are king (out of my way, pedestrian!) crossing a crosswalk at cycling speed is a risky proposition. When cars turn at an intersection, it is unlikely to account for you if you’re going 20mph in a crosswalk-no one runs that fast! If they aren’t looking for you, they might hit you. However if you must ride on the sidewalk for whatever reason, make sure to slow down before going across a crosswalk, and be sure to make eye contact with drivers before doing so.
  3. Ride on the right side of the road. There’s a certain appeal to seeing cars moving toward you, rather than having them out of sight behind you. But doing so confuses those oncoming drivers, especially the ones turning right and pulling out into the road. Those drivers are watching for cars zooming from their left, not cyclists pedaling from the right. Riding on the left side of the road is an excellent way to implant yourself in an oncoming windshield.
  4. Look before moving left. A number of accidents each year occur when a dead squirrel (or, more likely, a branch) pops up in a cyclist’s path, forcing him or her to veer left and into a trailing car. It’s much better just to slam on the breaks or fly up on to the sidewalk rather than risk a run-in with a car. There’s also a danger of this type of collision occurring when a cyclist uses a parked lane as a bike line. Seems safe enough until there’s a parked car in the way and the biker is forced into uncomfortable proximity to a vehicle approaching from behind.
  5. Wear flashy clothes. This isn’t fashion advice, just some thoughts that can save your life. Especially in winter, when there is less daylight, it’s vital for cyclists to gear up: a reflective jacket or vest, reflective wheel guards, headlights and rear lights, front and rear lights, reflective wheel guards and coats, basically anything that makes you easier. It may not be the coolest look, but it will keep you from looking (and feeling) much worse.

The big theme is to bike in a way that makes you predictable and visible to vehicles. Believe it or not, cars don’t want to hit you, so if they can see you, and know what you mean to do, you’ll be much safer. Follow these steps. They may not lead to the coolest, or most expedient, ride, but remember: safety first!
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The Kirkland police have arrested Nathan J. Godwin, 27, of Redmond and he faces charges of Vehicular Homicide in the death of an 36-year-old man who was killed in a bicycle accident early this morning.

According to Kirkland Views, the fatal bicycle accident occurred at the intersection of NE 124th Street and 132nd Avenue NE this morning around 3am.

The unidentified bicyclist was riding his bicycle home from work when he was hit. The report said that he was wearing the bicycling gear to make himself visible including a reflective vest, head lamp and blinking lamp.

One report said that Godwin initially left the accident scene but then returned. Police have booked him into King County jail after administering a blood alcohol test at Evergreen Hospital in Kirkland.

Vehicular Homicide, Washington Vehicle Code RCW 46.61.520 can be charged if a person is killed in a motor vehicle accident and the driver was driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI) or drugs, driving recklessly or driving without regard to the safety of others.

This is the second fatal bicycle accident in Kirkland in the past six months. John Przychodzen was killed in Juanita on July 22. The teenage driver that killed Przychodzen was only fined $42. Przychodzen’s family have filed a negligence lawsuit on his behalf in civil court because they are seeking answers to what caused the driver to swerve and hit Pryzchodzen.

Approximately 110,000 people are killed every year by drunken drivers. In Washington state, 40% of all fatal motor vehicle accidents had alcohol involvement.

As the investigation into this most-recent bicycle accident continues, the Kirkland police are asking people with information about the bicycle accident to contact Sergeant Brouelette, Kirkland Police Department at 425-587-3493 or vog.awdnalkrik@tteleuorbl. 

This information is provided by Seattle Car Accident Lawyer blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. Our personal injury law firm represent bicycle accident victims and their family.

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Bicyclists are advised to make sure they have adequate insurance in case they are involved in a Seattle bicycling accident.

At one time or another, every bicyclist has been involved in some sort of bicycle accident. Whether you have hit a pot hole, been knocked off your bike by a car or gone down when riding with a group of friends, you know that at least you will wind up with bumps and bruises but just as easily you can end up with a fracture, road rash or a traumatic brain injury.
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It is important to be adequately insured so that your medical expenses will be covered as well as being covered for loss of income.

Data from the U.S. Department of Transportation reveals that there are approximately half a million bicyclists treated in emergency rooms every year and of those, upwards of 67,000 have had a traumatic brain injury.

If you’ve been in a bicycle accident there are potentially several different insurance policies that could cover your damages including your medical bills.

  1. If another driver was at fault for your accident, then their motor vehicle coverage may cover you.
  2. Your own personal medical insurance will generally cover you for your injuries and then they will pursue claims against the policy of the person who hit you.
  3. If the driver of the car that injured you does not have car insurance or if they are not sufficiently covered, then your own under/uninsured motorist coverage of your car insurance policy should be sufficient to cover any insufficiency of the driver’s policy.
  4. In the case that you injured another person while bicycle riding, your own auto insurance may cover the medical costs of the person you injured. However, you want to make sure you are sufficiently insured.

If you have been injured in a bicycle accident, you may want to considering hiring an experienced bicycle accident lawyer. Insurance companies are aggressive about limiting their own liability and that means they may fight your claim or low-ball your settlement. A qualified bicycle accident attorney will work to insure that you get the best settlement.

This information is provided by Seattle Car Accident Lawyer blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have been seriously injured in Bellevue bicycle accidents and the family of those killed.

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Every week in Florida, an average of 9 pedestrians are killed and 21 are injured in pedestrian accidents. As part of the “See the Blind Spots” campaign, they made a controversial call and placed a graphic video of a pedestrian accident on their web-site. Now, a Florida state senator is calling for them to take the video down.

bellevue pedestrian accident attorneyFlorida Senator Mike Fasano says the videos are too “horrific” to be shown.

The web-site does warn ” The following video contains graphic footage and may be unsuitable for small children. Viewer discretion advised.”

One video clip shows a car slamming into a pedestrian and the pedestrian being thrown up onto the vehicle’s hood and then crashing to the pavement. Other videos show body bags.

The web-site educates both pedestrians and drivers and because in nearly 50% of all pedestrian-car collisions the pedestrian disobey traffic laws and made judgment lapses when trying to cross a street. The following safety tips for pedestrians because drivers aren’t always looking out for pedestrians:

  1. Be alert and attentive and don’t cross until its safe.
  2. Obey the Walk and Don’t Walk signals.
  3. Look left-right-left before crossing.
  4. When crossing a street, continually check for traffic, especially for cars and trucks turning right on red.
  5. Don’t assume drivers see you. Make sure you make eye contact.
  6. Use sidewalks when available. When they aren’t available, walk facing traffic.
  7. Don’t walk along or across highways and freeways.
  8. At dusk or at night time, wear reflective clothing and carry a flashlight.
  9. Be care about your alcohol consumption as 35% of those pedestrians killed are under the influence.
  10. Supervise children when they are crossing streets as they do not always have the right judgement to assess the situation.

This information is provided by Seattle Car Accident Lawyer blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have been seriously injured in pedestrian accidents and the family of those who have been killed.

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It happens all the time. Thousands upon thousands of people file auto accident claims, and get way less than they deserve in their auto accident settlement, and the reason is simple: they don’t know how the system works.

There’s a lot of legal terminology associated with an auto accident settlement, and it can be a confusing and frustrating process for sure, but it doesn’t have to be.

774604_car_accident_1.jpgYour first question often is (or should be) “do I need an accident attorney?” This depends on several factors, starting with the severity of your accident. If you believe you are entitled to more than 500 dollars, hiring an attorney is something you should think strongly about. An attorney can help you get the most out of your auto accident settlement, and make it easier to understand all the terminology that people will be suddenly throwing your way. These types of attorneys deal with auto accident settlement cases everyday, and they have the experience to get you as much compensation as possible for your difficult time. If money is a concern, you usually will not be required to pay anything upfront.

An attorney will help you get all of the necessary information together so that when you submit your claim to your insurance company, they have everything they need. Plus an insurance company will take you more seriously if you have an attorney representing you. The insurance company will know that you are aware of your rights, and take you much more seriously. This means you will have a much higher chance of getting what you deserve.

Once your case is settled, it can take up to two years to get your settlement, but usually it happens much quicker than that. Judges generally do not want your case holding up other cases, so very often you can have your auto accident settlement in a few weeks.

An auto accident settlement is never an easy thing to deal with, but it can be much worse if you don’t know how much you are entitled to. Hiring an attorney is probably the best move you can make if you think you should get your fair share. Not only can the attorney answer your questions, but they will help you navigate tough and often confusing laws, making the process move much faster and be a lot less frustrating.

This information is provided by Seattle Car Accident Lawyer blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We have 30 years experience representing people with serious injuries due to motor vehicle accidents.
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Car accidents are stressful regardless of whether or not there are any injuries. While you may not want to file an auto accident claim, sometimes you really don’t have any choice.

redmond car accident attorneyIn order to determine whether you need to file a claim, the first question you should ask yourself is if you can pay for the damage outright. Often times if you can pay for it yourself, filing an auto accident claim can hurt you more in the long run. If you can pay for it yourself without trouble, you should consider not filing a claim.

If you decide that you need to file an auto accident claim, that’s okay, but there are some things you should know. First of all, you need to file the claim as soon as possible with your insurance company, even if the accident is not your fault. If you take your time filing the claim, this may say to any insurance company involved that you don’t think this is important, or that you aren’t sure if you are not to blame. It doesn’t matter how busy you are, make the job of filing an auto insurance claim a priority and do it right away.

It’s not unusual to get a call from the other party’s insurance company, especially if there is a disagreement about who is at fault for the accident. If you get a call, don’t panic; they’re only trying to get as much information as possible. Make sure you write down the name of the person you talked to and when, and take notes documenting the call. The most important thing to remember is that you should always tell an honest account of what you think happened to both your insurance company and the one of the other driver.

Once you’ve filed your auto insurance claim, it may take some time for the insurance company to come to a resolution. Make sure you do what they say, and listen to them carefully, as they’ll be able to tell you what to expect next. Ask any insurance agent you talk to any questions you may have and be sure to write down the answers and keep them in a safe place until the whole issue is completely over.

Getting in an accident is no fun, but filing an auto accident claim doesn’t have to be a frustrating experience.

This information is provided as a service of The Farber Law Group. We have more than 30 years experience representing clients who have serious injuries due to motor vehicle accidents. With our help, you may recover compensation for your damages.

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A Seattle woman, who fell asleep while she was participating in the Hoka Hey Challenge cross-country motorcycle race and hit two bicyclists, has entered a plea agreement which will cause her to be confined for up to 16 months.

Vik Livingston, 54, was riding in the 8,000 mile “Iditarod of Harley Davidson’s” when the motorcycle-bicycle accident happened near Nenana, Alaska.

Livingston had claimed that she swerved to avoid a braking car when she hit Andy Hutten and Karen Schaad who were riding bicycles on the shoulder of the road. However, the accident was consistent with a rider who had fallen asleep.

Hutten suffered a bad cut to his leg . Shaad’s injuries were much more serious and she suffered a chipped vertebrae and a cracked pelvis. Both bicyclists suffered bad road rash , a severe skin abrasion, because they slid approximately 30 feet on pavement.

Livingston was also seriously injured with cracked ribs, a punctured lung and a broken clavicle.

Livingston was originally charged with 2nd degree felony assault but the charges were reduced to 4th degree misdemeanor assault. It is unclear at this time whether Livingston will be sentenced to jail time or whether she will be electronically monitored at home in Seattle.

She was also ordered to pay restitution to the victims who have also filed charges in civil court for their damages.

The 2010 race was not without other accidents. Another rider died after falling asleep during the race and another died after losing control of his motorcycle and crashing.

The penalties seemed harsh to some who were writing in the blogosphere. However, falling asleep at the wheel is a negligent act because most drivers feel sleepy or drowsy before they fall asleep and have the opportunity to pull over, take a nap or drink coffee. There is a legal term, “Rebuttable presumption”, which means that the court will view the driver negligent without the driver having a chance to explain.

This information is provided by Seattle Car Accident Lawyer blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have been seriously injured in car accidents, motorcycle accidents and bicycle accidents and the family of those killed. With our help, you may recover compensation for your damages.

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In February, The Farber Law Group, Bellevue personal injury law firm, added the Seattle Bicycle Accident Tracker to our web-site. is a service of the Cascade Bicycle Club and allows bicyclists to enter information about bicycle accidents, street hazards such as missing stop signs and potholes, and bicycle thefts.

Bikewise now has a iPhone app which allows bicyclists to report bicycle crashes, thefts and hazards using the app.

According to Bikewise, they estimate 75% of bicycle accidents go unreported. The App allows cyclists to conveniently report accidents and the web-site then collates the data and reports it to the relevant agencies and makes the statistics available. Often, local transportation authorities will take corrective action after a problem has been sufficiently reported.

This information is provided as a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have been seriously injured in bicycle and pedestrian accidents caused by the negligence of another. With our help, you may recover compensation for your damages.

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This year has proven to be especially dangerous for bicyclists in Washington state and especially in the greater Seattle area. Already this year, at least 12 bicyclists have been killed in accidents, most of them in collisions with motor vehicles. Compare this with 2009 when there were 10 fatal bicycle accidents all year in the state.

The fatal bicycle accidents involving people from the Puget Sound region include:

9/11/11 – Marian M. Byse, 65 9/10/11 – Robert Townsend, 23 8/30/11 – Brian Fairbrother, 50 8/4/11 – George Demendoza, 69 7/29/11 – Michael Wang, 44 7/23/11 – John Przychodzen, 49 5/25/11 – Sally Eustice 5/10/11 – Lonnie Moss, 47 3/22/11 – Mark Chamberlin, 55
The Seattle Times just published an article entitled “Bicycle fatality raises safety issues” and discusses some of the challenges facing cyclists. A quote from one bicycle commuter aptly described a big part of the problem for cyclists, “Drivers look for vehicles; they don’t look for bikes.” That is an apt description of many bicycle accidents, caused by the negligence of a distracted or unaware motorist.

BikeWise, which compiles bicycle accident reports, has some of the top lessons for bicyclists:

  • Always anticipate sudden moves from drivers
  • Bicyclists are invisible until proven otherwise
  • Don’t assume drivers will stop at signs/crosswalks
  • Never assume the driver can see you
  • Ride defensively
  • Slow down before intersections
  • Always wear a helmet

And the most telling… Sometimes it doesn’t matter what you do..

What is going to make our roads safer for bicyclists and pedestrians?

First of all, it is clear that infrastructure is needed — signage, protected bicycle lanes and traffic calming measures are needed to protect.

Motorists need to be more aware and look for both bicyclists and pedestrians.

The deaths of these bicyclists needs to be a wake up call to all of us to be more aware and more careful on the streets.

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

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