Bicycling is one of the most popular recreational activities across the country. As cyclists know, however, drivers of cars and trucks may not pay adequate attention to their surroundings, often do not respect the rights of cyclists, and may not observe cyclists before making moves that can endanger their lives.

As a result, bicycle riders suffer a staggering number of serious injuries and fatalities in accidents involving motor vehicles. At Walton Law, we understand the physical, emotional, and financial burdens that accompany a tragic accident. Our trustworthy Bellingham bicycle accident lawyers are dedicated to seeking full compensation for our clients.

Seek Damages for a Bicycle Accident

Our lawyers may be able to recover damages on your behalf if we can establish: (1) you were owed a duty by the defendant, (2) the defendant breached his or her duty to you, (3) the breach caused your injuries, and (4) you suffered actual damages, as a result.

While a slow speed collision may result in insignificant property damage to a motor vehicle, a slow speed collision is much more likely to result in significant injury or death to a bicyclist who lacks the protection of a car. With nothing more than a helmet to protect them, cyclists sustain far more severe injuries in an accident than the drivers who hit them. Moreover, many cyclists and vehicle drivers wind up competing for space and right of way. While a driver may walk away from an accident without a scratch, a bicyclist could suffer devastating or even fatal injuries.

If the driver of an automobile negligently hits you while you are riding a bicycle, you may be able to recover damages. These damages may include pain and suffering, medical expenses, loss of income, disfigurement, loss of normal life, and any other losses related to the collision.

Bicycle accidents are often more complex than car accidents. Determining “right of way” can be difficult in these cases; insurance companies are less inclined to pay out if fault cannot be clearly assigned. Additionally, insurance adjustors for an at-fault driver may try to find ways to pin the blame for the accident on you, which would result in your damages being reduced. This makes it crucial to retain a knowledgeable attorney before you talk to the other side.

Bicycle Accidents: What You Need to Know to Prevent an Accident

Arming yourself with proper safety knowledge is the best way to prevent a bicycle accident. According to the Federal Highway Administration, the leading causes of vehicle-on-bicycle accidents include:

  • Failure to yield,
  • Bicycles riding against traffic,
  • Stop sign violations, and
  • Reckless driving.

Any of these actions may be considered negligence by a jury. It’s important to be aware that even a slow moving vehicle can cause significant harm to a bicyclist if the bicyclist is not wearing a helmet.

Consult a Seasoned Bicycle Accident Attorney

If you were injured in a crash involving a bicycle, you should call an experienced bicycle accident attorney who understands the complexities of the law and has successful experiences with bike accident cases.

To discuss the details of your case, call (866) 338-7079 for a free and confidential consultation or contact us via our online form.

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2219 Rimland Dr Suite 301,
Bellingham, WA 98226
(360) 543-1010