According to data from the Alliance for Biking and Walking and the League of American Bicyclists, based on the biking culture and infrastructure in place for bicyclists, the city of Seattle ranked number ten among the top 50 bike-friendly cities in 2012. Most Seattle residents are aware of the tremendous progress the city has made in order to make travel for bicyclists safe such as investing in shared lane pavement marking or sharrows.
Sharrows allow motorists to not only expect bicyclists to be on the road, but also to give them at least three feet of space when passing. Simultaneously, sharrows allow bicyclists to have a defined path. However, both motorists and bicyclists must obey all rules and laws while on the road. It is great to see all the progress the city has made, but despite all the laws and efforts to make the city more bike-friendly, bicycle accidents still happen.
Recently, a 34-year-old bicyclist traveling on Dexter Avenue was ejected from his bike when a SUV travelling in the opposite direction struck the bicyclist while making a left turn. The 34-year-old man was critically injured and even though he was wearing a helmet, suffered head trauma from the accident. In fact, another bicyclist was killed in 2011 only about a block from the site of this recent incident.
A collision between a car and a cyclist can result in severe and potentially permanent injuries to the cyclist, including death. An injured bicyclist may be able to hold a negligent driver responsible for damages and may be entitled to medical expenses resulting from the collision, future medical expenses, lost wages and more. It is important for anyone injured in a bicycle and car crash to take immediate action to have the facts of one’s case evaluated and to discuss legal options.
Source: The Seattle Times, “Bicyclist critically injured in collision with SUV on Dexter Avenue,” Marissa Evans, July 25, 2013