The 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.
An ongoing investigation should determine the events leading up to the car-bicycle collision and should provide information on who was at fault.
Hopefully the bicyclist in this accident was not too severely injured. He may be well-advised to seek the counsel of a attorney if his injuries are serious so that his rights are protected.
Every year in the U.S., there are between 700 and 900 bicycling-related deaths across the United States. In nearly 75% of these accidents, a head injury was the cause of the death. A study by Harborview Injury Prevention and Research finds that bicyclist who wear an ANSI or Snell approved bicycle helmet can reduce the risk of a head injury by 85%.
Unfortunately, fatal bicycle accidents may be increasing. In 2012, fatal bicycle accidents increased by 6% from 2011. While bicycle accident deaths for those under the age of 20 have fallen, deaths among bicyclists 20 and older have increased 193% since 1984.
If you or someone you love has been injured in a bicycling accident with a motor vehicle in Seattle, Bellevue or the surrounding areas, contact the personal injury attorneys at The Farber Law Group for a free and confidential consultation to discuss your rights.