Seattle residents hear about car accidents on an almost daily basis and the regularity of accident reports can make it easy to forget that the impact of a crash can affect injured victims long after media reports have become yesterday's news. The story of one Everett woman serves as a vivid reminder of the extent of physical pain and suffering that may result from a serious car accident.
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.