"As a personal injury lawyer, I enjoy helping bicycle riders because I am one myself. I have lived and biked in Seattle and Bellingham, Washington and Boulder, Colorado, three of this country's most bike-friendly cities. My wife and I celebrated our honeymoon by riding bikes across Spain. I know how much fun cycling can be. I also know how dangerous it is when motorists drive unsafely." - Brett Murphy Attorney David Brown
For more than three decades, the bike accident lawyers at Brett Murphy have helped victims of bicycle accidents receive prompt and full compensation for personal injuries caused by a bike - car accident. We serve as your voice in the justice system, dealing with accident insurance adjusters, medical billing departments and others involved in the compensation process. Contact our office today so that our personal injury attorneys can protect your interests while you concentrate on healing.
Biking is the preferred form of transportation and recreation for thousands of Washington State residents. Bicycles are considered vehicles with the same rights and responsibilities as motorists. Unfortunately, cyclists are much lighter and less visible than other vehicles, making them especially vulnerable and at risk for serious injuries in an auto accident.
A bike accident typically results from a motorist’s inattention. When a motorist is distracted, a bicycle accident can result from any of the following:
- The motorist may turn directly in front of a moving bicycle.
- The motorist may fail to allow adequate distance when following or passing a bike.
- The motorist may fail to stop or yield at a traffic light or stop sign and collide with the bicycle.
- The motorist may fail to see the bike due to time of day or weather conditions.
A bicyclist with an injury caused by a motorist’s negligence may be entitled to compensation for damage to the bicycle, medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering from personal injuries. If a bike accident is fatal, the bicyclist’s family or dependents may have grounds for a wrongful death claim.
It is important to note that a motorist may be liable for a bicyclist’s injuries even if there is no physical contact between the bicyclist and the motor vehicle. If a bicyclist is injured while taking evasive action to avoid a crash, the motorist can be held responsible for negligently causing the bicycle accident.
Sometimes, bicycle crashes are caused when a part fails on a bike. The manufacturer of the defective part can be held accountable in a product liability action. A bike retailer may be held liable for a bike accident if they negligently assemble a bike and a crash results.
Determining who is at fault in a bicycle accident can be complicated. Understanding the applicable laws and knowing how to gather the right information is critical in establishing a liability claim. As a bike accident victim, don’t negotiate with insurance companies whose goal is to pay as little as possible. Accident attorneys at Brett Murphy will protect your rights. We understand bicycle traffic laws, the property value of bicycles, the value of lost riding time, and the physical, emotional, and financial costs of your injuries. We have full knowledge of the laws and court cases which entitle you to compensation for your personal injuries.
If you have been involved in a bicycle accident that was caused by a motorist’s negligence, contact us today online or by calling us at 800-925-1875 for a free consultation. We work with bike accident clients across Washington from our offices in Seattle, Bellevue, Everett, Tacoma, Spokane, Vancouver, Bellingham and Mount Vernon.