Hit and Injured While Riding Your Bike in Kent?
Count on Zach Herschensohn for real results
If you were hit and injured in a car accident while riding your bike, attorney Zach Herschensohn will fight to maximize the value of your claim so that you can get the medical treatment you need and deserve. Herschensohn Law Firm, PLLC has won millions in settlements and verdicts for injury victims throughout the Seattle Metro area and has experience helping injured bicyclists get the financial compensation they’re entitled to. Discover what an experienced and aggressive Kent bicycle accident attorney can do for you. Contact us today for your free consultation.
Riding a bicycle is a great form of exercise that’s good for your mind and body – but if you’re hit by someone and injured in an accident, it’ll have the opposite effect on your health and wellbeing. You’re in pain from a serious injury and you’re forced to miss time from work while you recover. You’re suffering from lost wages and questioning how you’re going to make ends meet while the stacks of medical bills keep piling up. To top it all off, the insurance company is trying to downplay the severity of your injuries and pushing you to accept minimal compensation.
Don’t cave in to the pressure. Zach Herschensohn is an experienced negotiator who won’t back down to the insurance company or stop fighting unless your needs are met. Just the same, if the insurance company won’t make you a fair settlement offer, he’s more than capable of playing hardball and fighting for you in court. In fact, he’s a well-respected trial attorney who thrives on representing injury victims in front of a judge and jury.
What are the bicycle laws in Washington state?
A bicyclist has the same rights and responsibilities as someone driving a car on the road. There is currently no Washington state law requiring helmet use for bicyclists, but some cities and counties do require a helmet for riding, including Kent and King County. A bicyclist may choose to ride their bike on the path, shoulder, travel lane or bike lane to ensure their own safety, but no more than two cyclists may ride side by side. For nighttime riding, a white front light that’s not a reflector and is visible from at least 500 feet along with a red rear reflector are mandatory. Cyclists may also want to use a red rear light together with the rear reflector.
What are the most common causes of bicycle crashes?
Bicycle accidents are commonly caused by the negligence of others, with the majority of cyclists getting injured after being hit in a collision with a car. Some of the most common ways motorists are negligent and cause bicycle vs. car crashes include:
- Going through a stop sign
- Running a red light
- Failure to grant right of way when making a turn
- Impaired or drunk driving
- Tailgating or other aggressive driving
- Texting and driving
- Distracted driving
- Ignoring traffic signs
- Fatigued driving
- Dooring (opening a car door into the path of an oncoming cyclist)
Sometimes, bicyclists crash due to faulty or defective roads. In other cases, someone’s dog or another animal may have run out into the path of the bicyclists and caused the crash. While rider error does contribute to a small percentage of crashes, the majority of collisions involving bicyclists are preventable and due to the reckless actions of others.
What are the most common cycling injuries?
Depending on what type of protective gear you’re wearing and the circumstances of your crash, cycling injuries can range from minor cuts and bruises to serious and potentially fatal injuries. Some of the most common injuries bicyclists sustain in accidents with other vehicles include:
- Traumatic Brain Injury: While it’s the law in Kent and King County to wear a helmet when riding your bicycle, a collision can still cause a severe head or brain injury, such as a concussion. TBIs are serious injuries that may require extensive treatment and/or long-term care.
- Fractured or broken bones: Due to their lack of protection, it’s common for bicyclists to sustain fractured or broken hands, wrists, elbows, collar bones, legs and ribs. This can occur from impact or from being crushed or pinned against an object.
- Neck and back injuries: Slipped discs, herniated discs, fractured vertebrae in the spine, muscle strains and muscle sprains are all common neck and back injuries bicyclists suffer in crashes. These injuries are often serious and may require physical therapy, surgery, and long-term care.
- Injuries to the face: While a helmet can protect a bicyclist’s head and brain, it doesn’t offer much protection for the rider’s face. A bicycle crash may result in broken, chipped or lost teeth, facial lacerations and bruises, scarring, a broken nose or a broken jaw.
- Road rash: Any time a bicyclist is knocked down or ejected from their bike, they run the risk of having their skin torn apart by the unforgiving asphalt. Extremely painful and easily infected if not properly treated, road rash is a serious injury.
Did you go down in a crash? Let Herschensohn Law Firm, PLLC lift you up.
When you’ve been hit and injured while riding your bicycle, it’s important to protect your rights. You can’t just assume the insurance company will make you a reasonable settlement offer that meets your needs and covers your crash-related expenses. They may even try to say you did something to cause the crash and offer you nothing at all.
Put your trust in our law firm. Attorney Zach Herschensohn has experience handling negotiations with insurance companies and can advocate for your best interests. Best of all – you pay nothing unless we win. That’s because we’ll tackle your case on a contingency fee basis. Watch what Herschensohn Law Firm, PLLC can do for you. Contact us today for your free consultation.