For the most part, Washington is a cyclist-friendly state, and many people choose to ride their bicycles to commute between work and home. However, in 2010 in Washington, approximately 1,284 bicycle accidents occurred, with the vast majority of these accidents involving a bicycle and a motor vehicle on a city street.
By a large margin, these accidents occur as a result of the driver of the motor vehicle failing to yield to the bicyclist. 326 of the 1,284 bicycle accidents occurred in Seattle. These bicycle accidents involve unique issues including insurance related issues, and issues relating to the statutory duties that apply to bicyclists and to the drivers of motor vehicles. In some cases, the law that applies to a bicycle accident may be statewide law, and in other cases, municipal law may be involved.
If you’ve been struck and injured by a motor vehicle collision there are some important things you need to do. First, get treatment for your injuries right away. Second, don’t sign any statements or make any phone statements to an insurance company until you speak to James S. Sorrels. This means you should not even make a statement to your own insurance company. Believe it or not, your car insurance company may turn against you when you ask for money and you were struck while riding a bike.
If you have been injured in a bicycle accident, you know of the serious injuries that can result when a motor vehicle weighing approximately 2,000 pounds hits a bicyclist. You require an experienced bicycle accident attorney to help you understand your rights, to understand all of the various possible insurance policies that may apply to your accident, and to get you fair compensation for your injuries. When it comes to getting the best possible results and protecting all of your rights for you and your family, you need the experience and skill of James Sorrels. Get in touch with us today for a free consultation.
Law Offices of James S. Sorrels
The Sunset Building
23607 Highway 99, Suite 3A
Edmonds, WA 98026
Law Offices of James S. Sorrels - Seattle
3131 Western Ave., Suite 410
Seattle, WA 98121
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