Less than six weeks ago an attorney was killed while riding her bicycle down Second Avenue in Downtown Seattle. Since that time that intersection has changed dramatically, and in my opinion not at all for the better.
Even though Washington state law treats bicycles and motor vehicles as equals with respect to traffic laws, Seattle residents probably recognize a certain degree of tension when it comes to sharing the road. That tension comes to the forefront in the aftermath of any car accident involving a bicyclist. More often than not, the central issue in litigation over accident-related damages turns out to be a determination of who is at fault.