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Bicyclist seriously injured in collision with motorcyclist

There are many ways to get around Washington State. Some choose motor vehicles, other ride on their bikes while some decide walking by foot is the best way for them to get around. No mater what mode of transportation a person uses, there are some risks that come with each and every type. For those riding a bike, he or she is likely traveling along with traffic. Whether this is in a bike lane or not, this requires motorists to be aware of their presence. Failure to do so could have tragic results.

According to the Washington State Patrol, a bicycle accident recently occurred. The crash occurred in Lynnwood and involved a cyclist and a motorcyclist. The crash occurred on Highway 99, just south of 156th Street SW, and it happened around 11:30 p.m.

What are delayed car accident injuries?

Automobile collisions can be serious. While we hope to never be involved in one, they can cause major impacts to one's life, even when a minor fender-bender occurs. Minor or major, accident injuries could be present, resulting in an accident victim to suffer tremendously. These injuries no only impact the victim physically, mentally and emotionally; it can also hit them hard financially. Thus, it is important to consider what financial recovery options are available to accident victims.

When individuals are involved in a car crash, one often thinks about the immediately visible injuries. This typically includes bruises, lacerations, broken bones and other similar injuries. However, there are some injuries that do not show right away. This can cause a victim of a car crash to walk away thinking they were unscathed. But this can all change a few hours or a few days after the initial accident.

Private versus government owned buses in a bus crash

When traveling on a city bus, individuals in Seattle and other cities across the nation think of the convenience that this mode of transportation offers. For the most part, public bus systems offer safe and reliable transportation. However, like other motor vehicles, buses can be involved in crashes. When a bus accident occurs, passengers could suffer much hardship, as the injuries involved in the collisions could be severe and traumatic.

Buses are not only massive in size but they also carry numerous passengers. Thus, when bus accidents do occur, they can result in serious injuries, death and significant property damage. This aftermath can be tragic, causing victims to endure much hardship. It can also cause victim to seek legal recourses. But, this step is much different than filing a personal injury action following other motor vehicle accidents.

Holding a negligent driver accountable for a motorcycle crash

Whether it is for a joy ride or for a main source of transportation, residents in Washington State and other states across the nation ride motorcycles. These small vehicles are not only an enjoyable and efficient way to get around, but also they are vehicles that are pone to some of most serious collisions. Thus, it is important that victims and their loved ones understand what they can do to overcome the losses and damages arising from such a tragic incident.

While motorcycles are fun to ride, the unfortunate reality is that these small vehicles can easily go unnoticed. Although campaigns in Seattle and other cities alert drivers to double and even triple check for motorcyclists, drivers still fail to use caution when traveling near motorcyclists. This causes collisions with them when drivers are changing lanes or making turns.

What duties do drivers owe to pedestrians?

As a previous post discussed, individuals in Seattle often end up being a pedestrian at some point in their commute to and from work. Whether it is a brief moment in a parking lot, at a bus stop, to and from a light rail station or because they are getting around by foot, the sidewalks and crosswalks are frequently used in the city. While this is an effective way to get around, walking where vehicles are also present can generate some safety issues. If a motorist is not attentive or fails to drive safely, this could result in a serious auto-pedestrian accident.

What duties are owed to pedestrians? Whether a pedestrian is walking on a sidewalk, on the side of the road, in a crosswalk or in a parking lot, the motorists traveling near them owe pedestrians a certain duty. This means that drivers should be attentive and aware of the pedestrian's presence, follow the rules of the road, yield to pedestrians and not drive recklessly.

Concerning rate of pedestrian accidents in Seattle

For individuals in Washington and other states across the nation, motor vehicles are not the only convenient way to get around. Walking is an efficient and reliable in big cities. In addition to being environmentally safe and economical, pedestrians tend to enjoy a nice walk outside as they head to and from their destinations. No matter the reason for traveling by foot, the unfortunate reality is that the lives of pedestrians are put at risk because of the motorists that travel near them.

According to current statistics regarding the pedestrian safety in the city of Seattle, safety is going in the wrong direction. In other words, there has been an increase in fatal pedestrian accidents in the city. In 2017, 11 pedestrians died. This accounted for more than half of the total fatal accidents occurring in Seattle that year.

Wrong-way driver causes four accidents, one of them fatal

We all get busy, rushed, distracted and even intoxicated. When in the proper environment and handled correctly, these tend to be fine. However, when one is behind the wheel, this is a dangerous combination, like when a driver is under the influence of alcohol. The driver may not be able to operate the vehicle safely, even causing the vehicle to travel in the wrong direction and colliding with another vehicle in a head on crash.

For example, according to reports, authorities in Washington State were recently dispatched to a wrong-way collision. The accident took place on Interstate 5 in Marysville. Occurring around 4 p.m., the crash took place just south of 530.

What safety concern can cause bus accidents?

While owning and operating a personal vehicle is common in Washington State, some residents rely on public transportation to get around. Whether it is to commute to work, go on a day trip, head to school or go site seeing, transit buses and coach buses are frequently used to get numerous passengers to various destinations. While it is a convenient way to get around, it is also a mode of transportation that has its risks. If a bus driver is not operating a bus safely or are upholding his or her duty to drive the bus safely, this could result in a bus accident.

What safety concern is causing bus accidents? Much like commercial truck drivers, bus drivers also travel long distances. This means that he or she is behind the wheel of a vehicle for an extended period of time. This can cause a driver to get drowsy overtime, especially if they are tasked to drive well into the night. Fatigued driving is a serious condition on the roadway, and it is one that the National Transportation Safety Board seeks to reduce.

Factors concerning auto-pedestrian accidents

Although motor vehicles are very reliable and often necessary, they cannot always take you where you need to go. In some cases, it is much more convenient to walk or ones' only option in certain areas. Thus, being a pedestrian is a fairly common occurrence for those living in Settle and other cities across the nation. While sidewalks, crosswalks and signals are designed with the safety of pedestrians in mind, the reality is that this does not protect walkers from negligent or distracted drivers. Thus, auto-pedestrian accidents could occur.

Based on a current study, research found that car accidents involving pedestrians are on the rise and are becoming more deadly. Data shows that since 2009, which was the all time low for pedestrian accidents, fatalities from pedestrian car accidents have risen 46 percent. Researchers also found that most pedestrian accidents were likely to occur in urban and suburban areas after dark and far from intersections.

Taking action following a pedestrian accident

Walking from your vehicle to your office building, from a store to your parked car, in a residential area or on city streets. These are all times when a person is considered a pedestrian. One could be walking in a parking lot, on a sidewalk or in a crossing walk. However, risks of being involved in an auto-pedestrian accident remain. If a motorist is not paying attention, is reckless or intoxicated, a pedestrian could be struck by a vehicle, resulting in serious and even fatal injuries.

There are many reasons why pedestrian accidents occur in Seattle and other cities across the nation. However, the most common is when a motorist is making a right hand turn while at a red light. During this time, the walking sign is likely illuminated, signaling pedestrians to walk. Although pedestrians have the right of way, a motorist may not be attentive to this when making a turn. This can unfortunately lead to serious pedestrian accidents.

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