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- Talk to a lawyer
- What to do after a bike crash
- Your legal rights
- Featured case: A UW student athlete
Most bike accidents are not “accidents” at all.
An accident is not predictable, and not preventable.
- Ignore bike lanes;
- Don’t maintain proper distance;
- Don’t share the road with bicyclists;
- Disobey road signs;
- Turn in front of bicycles; or
- Are distracted or impaired.
Other crashes are the result of poor street design. Many bicycle lanes—and pedestrian routes—are afterthoughts. Confusing intersections tangle up shared bike lanes, or lanes narrow or stop abruptly.
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What to do after a bike crash
It’s simple: a person on a bike is far more exposed than a person driving a truck. Cyclists have a much higher risk of a serious or fatal injury from a crash.
If someone you love has been killed in a bike crash, you may want to learn more about wrongful death claims.
Get medical care.
Physical: Even minor collisions can cause serious injury to a person on a bicycle. Besides broken bones and head trauma, a cyclist may have a less immediately obvious brain injury or internal injuries.
Mental: One driver’s bad choice can change your life in a second. A violent, traumatic crash and difficult recovery are challenging for mental health.
Emotional: We understand: it can be emotionally exhausting to experience a life-changing crash, and then have to deal with the aftermath.
The most important thing you can do after a collision is to take care of yourself, and get the recommended medical treatment.
Almost any real impact with a car means a bicyclist should get immediate medical care. The injured person may not have a chance to provide facts about the collision to the police.
The police get the driver’s version; and the person on a bike is blamed for the collision—no matter what really happened.
Collision facts, evidence and witnesses should be documented as soon as possible.
- Your medical bills and expenses;
- Police or incident reports;
- Photographs of the scene, damage to your bike, and physical injuries;
- Any time lost from work, and
- All the documents from insurance companies or law firms.
If you own a motor vehicle, you may be able to access some of your car insurance benefits—
Your legal rights
You have the right to talk to a lawyer before speaking with an insurance company.
You may be contacted by the driver’s insurance company shortly after the collision. Sometimes, an insurance adjuster makes a quick offer of settlement. They may want you to sign a release saying that you won’t file a personal injury claim against the driver.
You have the right to have any offers of settlement reviewed by an attorney.
You should not consider an offer of settlement until you have fully recovered from your injuries. If your injuries are permanent, then talk with your doctors about long term care needs.
Featured Bike Crash Case: a UW student athlete
Case: John Doe v. University of Washington.
Result: $115,000 settlement.
A student athlete was riding his bike to practice. A University of Washington van driver failed to see him, and turned left in front of him. The athlete suffered soft tissue injuries and a concussion.
This is a common cause of bicycle collisions. Drivers focus on looking for cars, and fail to see cyclists who are right in front of them.
In this case, the young athlete successfully recovered. He then returned to playing his sport in college and rose to become the top performer on his team.