Lynnwood Bicycle Accident Lawyers
Cycling as an alternate form of transportation offers many benefits.
It allows you to skip much of the downtown traffic and rush hour congestion that many car commuters have to sit through. It’s also much cheaper than taking an uber or taxi to work or school, and is more environmentally friendly, fun, and is healthy.
Despite all of these benefits, personal injury lawyers would like cyclists to consider the added stress of sharing the streets with heavy traffic and countless cars. Every time a cyclist takes to the street they face the risk of being struck by another vehicle and receiving debilitating injuries.
Here at Brain Injury Law Of Seattle in Lynnwood, we regularly represent cyclists who have been injured in a collision with a vehicle. We strive to assist cyclists on their legal journey to recovery and receiving monetary compensation for their injuries.
Brain Injury Law Of Seattle also represents family members of bicycle accident fatalities and helps them pursue justice for wrongful and premature death.
How Bicycle Collisions Happen
Typically, Lynnwood bicycle accidents can be divided into three different categories.
Negligent and careless driving poses the biggest threat to cyclist safety. Driver error is when a driver strikes a cyclist and injures them. Many drivers are not aware of how to safely share the road with cyclists and so fail to give them the proper space and right of way in situations that call for it.
Even if a cyclist is taking precautions to share the road safely, they still cannot prevent intoxicated or distracted drivers from striking them.
As a cyclist, you should be aware that the most common location for a cyclist and vehicle collision is an intersection.
Cyclist error covers a variety of circumstances such as failing to obey traffic laws or riding your bicycle while intoxicated or impaired. Failure to adequately maintain your bicycle or wear a helmet can also be a charge for cyclist error.
Environmental factors are situations that are out of the cyclist’s control that cause a collision. Examples of environmental factors are if a cyclist swerves to avoid a pothole and strikes a vehicle. Other environmental factors are things like debris and construction equipment that are left in the bike lane that forces the cyclist to swerve into another vehicle.
If you have been injured in a bicycle collision due to environmental factors, it is especially important to work with a skilled bicycle accident attorney who will help you in locating the party responsible for the roadway debris or misplaced construction equipment.
Common Bicycle Collision Injuries
Bicyclists who are injured in a collision with a vehicle can suffer from a range of different injuries of varying severity levels. The most common cyclist injuries our bicycle accident attorneys see are the following:
- Whiplash. Whiplash is sustained when the neck receives a forceful movement in one direction and then the other.
- Traumatic brain injury. TBIs occur when the brain collides with the skull due to a forceful blow to the head.
- Broken bones. Cyclists often suffer from broken or fractured wrists, ribs, arms, elbows, and knees.
- Lacerations and tissue damage. Getting thrown from your bicycle and dragged across asphalt roadways can cause deep lacerations which require lots of stitches to fully repair.
- Spinal cord injury. Spinal cord injuries can result in permanent paralysis and will need extensive medical care and therapy.
These injuries are often severe and can take multiple months to fully recover from. Being a victim of a personal injury due to a bicycle collision can lead to mounting stress, exorbitant medical bills, lost wages, and anxiety.
If you have been a victim of personal injury, it is important that you seek out the proper legal help to assist you in making your case so that you can receive the compensation necessary to alleviate stress and propel you on your journey to physical recovery.
How Serious Are Bicycle Collisions in Lynnwood?
Bicycle collisions, as with any accidents, can be of any degree of severity.
According to a WSDOT report from 2017, Washington State saw more than 350 bicycle accidents including three fatal collisions and nineteen collisions that resulted in critical injuries.
Cyclists can do their utmost to avoid potentially dangerous riding conditions and mitigate some risk by having proper gear, a maintained bicycle, and sturdy helmet, but at the end of the day, Lynnwood cyclists still are at a great risk of suffering severe injuries from a collision.
Get Help Today
Here at Brain Injury Law Of Seattle in Lynnwood, we have a team of highly trained bicycle accident attorneys who will assist you in forming a strong case.
Our lawyers will assess your medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and injuries and will use these factors to form your case and prove that you have a right to compensation for your injuries.
Contact Brain Injury Law Of Seattle today to enlist the help of one of our expert bicycle accident lawyers or to schedule a free consultation.
M.W., kent, wa
“M.W. was riding his bicycle in a bike lane in Kent. He was a 24 year old elite cyclist in excellent shape. A driver of a truck in the lane next to him suddenly turned right and nicked M.W., making him fall off his bike. He was wearing his helmet. However, when he fell to the ground, his head struck the pavement along with his left shoulder. ”
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