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Mike Wang, 44, a photographer and father of two was killed in a bicycle accident on July 28 when he was hit by a hit-and-run driver while bicycling in Seattle.

Wang a professional photographer who worked for PATH, a global health nonprofit was riding his bike northbound on Dexter when an SUV made a left turn onto Thomas and hit him. The driver of the SUV initially stopped but then fled the scene.

Wang was the second Seattle-are cyclist to be killed in a week. John Przychodzen was killed in Kirkland on July 22nd when he was hit from behind.

The cycling community as well as the police department is searching for a brown American-made SUV with tinted windows and a chrome roof rack in connection with the accident. They urge anyone with information to contact the Seattle Police Department at 206-625-5011.

The Seattle Times reports that one report found that 145 riders an hour ride the stretch of Dexter where Wang was killed during the morning in commute. The report said that between 2008 and 2010 that 14 bicyclists were hit and most causes the fault was the driver who failed to yield for the cyclist.

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 who have died.

Source: Person killed in Dexter hit-and-run identified as Mike Wang, Seattle Bike Blog, Jully 29, 2011, Tom Fucoloro
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The U.S. Congress is considering federal legislation aimed at making roads and highways safer for people on bicyclists and pedestrians. The House is considering H.R. 1780 the Safe and Complete Streets Act of 2011, and the U.S. Senate is considering Senate Bill 1056 led by U.S. Senator Tom Harkin.

The Washington State Legislature also has two bills pending which would amend the Revised Code of Washington (RCW) to ease design standards giving cities and municipalities more leeway in road design projects following “Complete Streets” principles: HB 1700 and HB 1701.

Between the years 2000 and 2009, 47,000 Americas were killed in pedestrian accidents and another 688,000 pedestrian were injured. The startling fact is that an American is injured or killed in a pedestrian accident every seven minutes.
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The Seattle Times reports that Sally Eustis, 61, of Seattle, was killed in a Walla Walla bicycle accident on Saturday morning.

According to a report in the Tri City Herald, Eustis was bicycle riding with her sister-in-law, Terri Wolber, when she was struck by an SUV driven by Melvin J. Bohleen of Datyton around 10:30am on Middle Waitsburg Road about four miles outside of Walla Walla.

The bicycle accident is being investigated but, according to the Tri City Herald, Bohleen attempted to pass the bicyclists when he struck Eustis from behind. Eustis was wearing a bicycle helmet at the time of the accident.

In the Seattle Times obituary written by Jack Broom and it said that Eustis was director of sales and marking for Heartwood, a furniture and mill work company founded by her husband, Howard.

The obituary said that Eustis, a graduate of the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, had worked for Nordstorm and The Bon Marche before joining Heartwood.

Eustis was in Walla Walla to attend her nephew’s graduation from Whitman College.

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 motor vehicle accidents and bicycle accidents and the family of those killed.

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Police are investigating an Olympia bicycle accident in which a man was critically injured when his bicycle was hit by a vehicle in the 390 block of Martin Way NE. the bicycle accident occurred around 10am on Saturday morning.

The Tacoma News Tribune reports that the unidentified man was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle which is a Level I Trauma Center. The bicyclist was not identified but the report said that he was a man who appears to be in his 30s or early 40s.

The driver that hit the bicyclist remained at the bicycle accident scene.

There were no other details provided.

According to National Highway Transportation Safety Administration figures, there were 630 bicyclist killed in accidents with motor vehicles in 2009. Bicycle accident deaths have decreased by 37% since the mid-1970s. Every year, there are more male bicyclists killed than females; in 2009 there were 82% of bicycle accident fatalities were male. Wider adoption of bicycle helmets saves lives; 91% of the bicyclists killed in 2009 were not wearing helmets.

If you have any information regarding this accident, the Olympia Police Department would like you to call them at 360-753-8300 or call Thurston County Crime Stoppers at 360-493-2222.

This information is provided by the Seattle bicycle accident lawyers at The Farber Law Group. We reprsent people who have been seriously injured in bicycle and pedestrian accidents and the family of those killed. With our help, you may recover compensation for your damages.

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A male bicyclist in his 30s was taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle with a critical head injury after being hit by a red van that then fled the scene of the bicycle accident.

The Seattle Bike Blog said the accident occurred about 7pm on Monday as the bicyclist was riding northbound in the outside lane in the 2200 block of 1st Avenue and Blanchard Streets in Belltown.

Witnesses described the vehicle that hit the cyclist as a 1990s red minivan. The van was also traveling northbound. Hopefully police will locate the van’s driver who could face charges of felony hit-and-run, Washington Vehicle Code RCW 46.52.020.

Approximately two percent of motor vehicle accident deaths are bicyclists. In 2009, there were 630 fatal bicycle accidents and 549 of those were male and 81 were female. In 91% of fatal accidents, the cyclist was not wearing a helmet despite the fact that they reduce head injury risk by 85%. In Washington state there were 7.4 bicycle accident deaths per 100,000 people in 2009.

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. With the help of a skilled personal injury attorney, you may be able to obtain compensation for your damages.

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Seattle Bike Blog
Cyclist in Belltown hit and run taken to hospital in critical condition – UPDATED

By Tom Fucoloro April 12, 2011
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The Seattle Bike Blog reports Mark Chamberlin, a prominent Seattle actor who was known for roles with Seattle Rep, Taproot, ACT Theater along with roles on Broadway, film and TV, has died of injuries he sustained in a bicycle accident over the weekend.

Details of Chamberlin’s bicycle accident have not yet been detailed but the Seattle theater-loving public mourns his loss.

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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The Washington state legislature has before it two House Bills before which would help in the creation of “complete streets.” Complete streets is urban planning/engineering so that all the users of a street — pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists — can navigate safely.

Complete streets usually include sidewalks, bicycle lanes, wide shoulders, well-designed crosswalks, medians, bus lanes, pedestrian signals, and traffic calming techniques including street trees, planter strips and staggered parking.

The Seattle Bike Blog has a couple of before and after photos of a complete streets project at 15th Ave S and S Lander St. The difference is dramatic and makes the street much more safer for bicyclists and pedestrians.

The two House Bills are:

HB1070 – which eases design standards which allows municipalities more leeway in designing road projects.
HB 1071 – which creates a complete streets grant program
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 Seattle and Bellevue pedestrian and bicycle accidents and the family of those killed.

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King County prosecutors have filed first-degree malicious mischief charges against Chad W. Olson, 42, who allegedly caused almost $6,000 damage to a Volvo in what is being described as a case ofr “road rage.”

According to an article in the SeattlePI.com written by Levi Pulkkinen, Olson threw his bicycle at a Volvo after the Volvo’s driver honked his horn at him on October 16, 2010. The Volvo’s driver said that he laid on his horn after Olson swerved into his lane from the bicycle lane. Then, according to the Volvo’s driver, Olson charged after the Volvo and when it was stopped at a light, he spit on the car, hit the mirror and threw his bicycle at the side of the car.

Olson later went to the Redmond Police Department to report a road rage incident. However, in examining the damages to the Volvo, they were not consistent with Olson’s version of the story.

Washington State RCW 9A.48.070 “Malicious mischief in the first degree” finds that a person is guilty of malicious mischief if he or she knowingly causes physical damage to the property of another in an an amount which exceeds five thousand dollars and is considered a Class B felony. A Class B felony has a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and $20,000 fine.

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 car accidents and the family of those killed.

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Michael Brett Lewis, 47, of Beaverton Oregon was killed in a bicycle accident on Saturday around 6:30pm reports The Columbian. According to the report, the bicycle accident occurred near the intersection of SW Tualaway Ave and SW TV Hwy.

Apparently Lewis was in the westbound lane when he was hit from behind. Witnesses said that Lewis was stopped in the middle of the lane and that an oncoming car did not see him until it was too late. The weather conditions — dark and raining heavily — may have prevented the motorist from seeing Lewis.

Lewis was not wearing a bicycle helmet when he was hit.

Every year there are approximately 900 bicycle accident fatalities. The Consumer Product Safety Commission states that wearing a bicycle helmet decreases the chance of a fatality by 85%.

This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We are a personal injury attorney firm and represent victims of bicycle accidents and their families. With our help, you may recover compensation for your damages, including pain and suffering.

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The Farber Law Group has now added a Seattle bicycle accident tracker onto their web-site. The interactive bicycle accident map is provided with data from BikeWise.
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The map allows users to click onto a push pin on a map to view details of each bicycle accident, usually provided by the bicyclist.

Bicycle ridership continues to grow in Western Washington including in Bellevue, Seattle and Redmond, which is known as the “Bicycle Capitol of the Northwest.”

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. With our help, you may recover compensation for your damages.

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