Bicycle Intersection Accidents
There are many bicycle paths and trails in Seattle, Bellingham, Kirkland, and Olympia. These paths and trails are the safest places for someone on a bicycle because they are dedicated lanes and usually free of cars, though there are some trails where cars skirt the side lanes. It is best to be very careful when riding on a bicycle in these very densely populated areas of town because accidents with cars and SUVs and trucks do happen from time to time. Probably the most common reason for the accidents that do occur is because of intersection accidents.Common Reasons for Bicycle Intersection Accidents
Among the most common reasons for bicycle accidents, intersections are among the leading reasons for them. Two way stop signs and four way stop signs can be very deadly to bicyclists. Among the most common reasons for accidents at intersections are:
- Distracted driving
- Texting and talking on a cellphone
- Illegal U-turns in the middle of an intersection
- U-turns where the driver is coming from a stopped position on the side of the road entering into traffic
- Running red lights
- Running stop signs
- Confusion at uncontrolled intersections
- Poor weather
- Poor lighting
Any and all of these reasons can be significant reasons for bicycle intersection accidents, the overwhelming majority of accidents that take place are the results of drivers who are simply distracted or driving too fast for conditions. Drivers simply must be on the lookout for bicyclists on the road.Common Bicycle Intersection Accident Injuries
After being in a bicycle intersection accident, you, the rider, might be in seriously grave condition or have suffered serious injuries. These kinds of accidents often leave riders with injuries that do not heal magically on their own.
Rather, they require extensive medical care from providers like osteopaths, physiatrists, chiropractors, or physical therapists. Some people have even had luck with acupuncturists and massage therapists, which is especially true when your injuries are most soft-tissue in nature, though acupuncturists have a history of being able to really help people who are in chronic pain. Though everyone is different, the most common injuries from an intersection bicycle accident are:
- Broken bones
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
- Neck, shoulder, and back injuries
When riding a bicycle, there are certain affirmative steps you can take to protect yourself from injury. The main ones are making sure you are wearing the appropriate clothing that reflects light and that you can be seen and be visible, especially if you are riding at night. Along those lines, it is very important to make sure if you are riding at night that your bicycle has a headlight that is effectively working so you can be seen.
In addition, it is important that you always wear a helmet and you are keeping a lookout for cars, who may not, in turn, be looking out for you. Cars and larger trucks and SUVs may not see you if you are riding at night. Always signal using your hands if you are entering into lanes of traffic with cars and try to stay out of an actual car lane, if possible.
Last but not least, keep a close eye for road conditions. Especially in Seattle and Kirkland, where the explosive growth has led to a lot of road construction, many time riders will not be aware of uneven surfaces or problems with the road until they hit a bump or patch, which causes them to fall and hurt themselves.How The Jackman Law Firm can Help with a Bicycle Intersection Accident
If you have been hit by a car or truck or SUV while riding your bicycle in an intersection, you have likely suffered extensive injuries. You’re also likely getting a lot of phone calls from insurance companies, both from the at-fault driver’s car insurance company, your car insurance company, and possibly your health insurance company. Chances are you have never had to negotiate with a car insurance company before with regard to a bodily injury claim. Why go through this process alone? You don’t have to because The Jackman Law Firm has the resources and experience to help you.
First, it is important to understand legally what you are allowed to recover under Washington State law. The damages you can recover are:
- Medical bills
- Future medical bills
- Lost wages
- Future lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Out of pocket expenses
- Loss of consortium, if your spouse’s life was affected by the accident too
While you have the right to receive this, do not think that the at-fault insurance company is simply going to hand you money for these damages. Insurance companies are not in the interest of helping you or being generous. They want to save money. The Jackman Law Firm has successfully negotiated with hundreds of insurance companies over the years to reach a favorable outcome. If negotiations fail, then we also stand ready to litigate your case and take your case all the way to court if necessary and put on an exceptional presentation to the judge and jury to make sure you receive what you are owed for your injuries.
Hopefully, the only thing you have to prove in your case is the extent of your damages, but there are situations when you have to prove that you were fault-free. Sometimes insurance companies will allege that you caused the accident, or at least contributed to it. We can help overcome this argument by legally obtaining certain documents, including surveillance footage, or speaking to the police and witnesses. In short, we will do everything we can to help prove your case.
Feel free to call The Jackman Law Firm for a free consultation.