The cycling community in the Pacific Northwest is strong. But, even in bike-friendly Seattle, people on bicycles are at risk
Most bike accidents are not “accidents” at all.
An accident is not predictable, and not preventable.
Most collisions between motor vehicles and bikes are not “accidents.” They are predictable and preventable crashes caused by drivers who:
- 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.
Cyclists have a much higher risk of serious or fatal injury from a crash.
It’s simple: a person on a bike is far more exposed than a person driving a truck.
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.
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Featured Bike Crash Case
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.