Federal Way Bicycle Accident Lawyer

Injured in a bicycle accident? Don’t count on the insurance company to play fair. Reach out to a skilled Federal Way bicycle accident lawyer for a free consultation.

A lawyer experienced in handling bike accident claims understands the process and can make sure to fight for a fair settlement on your behalf. A settlement can help you recover your financial losses such as medical bills and lost wages.

Bicycle Accidents Happen Too Frequently 

Washington State has an aggressive plan called Target Zero to reach zero traffic deaths and serious injuries by 2030. Unfortunately, statistics show that we’re moving in the wrong direction, especially when it comes to vulnerable road users such as bicyclists.

Consider these sobering numbers:

  • Approximately 20% of traffic fatalities include pedestrians and bicyclists.
  • Between 2016-2019, there were 502 bicyclist fatalities or serious injuries in Washington.
  • The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows an increase in bicyclist fatalities across the US over the past 10 years.

Clearly, there is more work to be done to making the roads safer for bicyclists.

Common Scenarios for Bicycle Accidents in Federal Way 

Federal Way is a growing city, both in terms of residential and commercial use. While we are lucky enough to have places to bike, such as the BPA trail, there are many opportunities for collisions to occur.

A few common scenarios include:

  • Left-hand turns. Drivers sometimes fail to look both ways or yield to bicyclists when attempting left-hand turns.
  • Lane changes. Motorists may not notice a bicyclist when attempting to change lanes.
  • Vehicle doors. Drivers should take care when parked on the street. Opening a door too quickly could swipe an unsuspecting bicyclist.

Unfortunately, bicyclists have little to protect themselves from the impact. As a result, it’s not uncommon for a bicyclist to experience severe or even catastrophic injuries.

Damages in a Bicycle Accident Claim 

If you’ve been injured in a bicycle accident, you could be eligible to pursue a personal injury claim. This means that you can receive compensation from the at-fault driver’s car insurance company.

In the State of Washington, personal injury victims are eligible to receive compensation for two types of damages. Economic damages refer to the financial expenses you’ve endured because of your injury. For example, economic damages include hospital bills, ambulance fees, and missed earnings. Non-economic damages include other ways you’ve been negatively impacted by your injury that are difficult, if not impossible, to put a dollar amount on. Common examples of non-economic damages include pain or suffering.

An experienced bicycle accident attorney will help you calculate all the damages related to your accident. Armed with this information, the attorney will work to win you a fair settlement. In our experience, we’ve found that many times we’re unable to negotiate a fair amount for our clients. When this happens, the next step is to file a lawsuit. Because of this, we strongly urge you to call our team instead of going it alone. Make sure you have solid legal representation on your side from day one.

Schedule a Free Consultation Today 

Get started today! Call a Federal Way bicycle accident lawyer and ask to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation.

If you’re not able to meet with us at our offices, let us know. We’ll be happy to coordinate a visit at your home or hospital.

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