Bicycle Accident Attorneys
The bicycle accident attorneys and lawyers of Parke Gordon Law Firm in Tri-Cities know what is necessary to get clients the compensation they deserve. Our bicycle accident attorneys and lawyers will take steps to ensure your rights are fully protected. We’ll seek to recover all your damages and maximize your settlement and recovery. Parke Gordon Law Firm in Kennewick, Washington has effectively represented bicyclists and obtained impressive settlements for our bicycle accident clients for years.
Bike Accident Injuries
Bike accident injuries are often serious due to the lack of protection to bicyclists and the size and force differences when a vehicle collides with a bicycle. Our bike accident attorneys will help ensure that our bicycle accident clients obtain suitable medical care and treatment and ensure that the negligent motorist is held accountable.
6 Things to Do After a Bicycle Accident
- Call 911 and wait for police to arrive. It is important to wait for the police to arrive after an accident so a police report will be created and filed. Even if you do not feel you were injured, a police report will make a big difference in the outcome of your case.
- Tell your version of what happened to the police officer. Be sure to report all injuries even if you think they are minor. Minor injuries can later become major.
- Gather the personal information of the driver and any witnesses of the accident. Information to gather includes their full name, phone number, address and driver’s license number of the driver. A name and phone number of each witness is sufficient. If you are too injured to gather this information, ask a bystander to do it for you.
- Take photos of the bicycle accident scene. Photos such as your bike, the vehicle that hit you and any skid marks on the road are great evidence that can greatly help your case.
- Write down your statement of what happened as well as any injuries you incurred from the accident.
- The last but most important step after a bicycle accident is to contact the experienced personal injury attorneys at Parke Gordon Law Firm to handle your case.
5 Top Causes of Bike Accidents
Bike accidents involving a vehicle usually happen because the driver is not paying attention or a driver fails to yield to the cyclist. Below are five scenarios of the top reasons bike accidents occur.
- A car pulls out in front of a biker from a side street.
To avoid it: When you are biking, make yourself aware to drivers by being visible. Wear brightly colored clothing, use a headlight or flashing light even during the day. Make eye contact, wave or yell so you know the driver is aware of you. Anticipate cars pulling out from the right and prepare yourself to stop if needed. You can also ride further out to the left to create more angels of visibility and giving you more time to move out of the way if necessary.
- A car attempts to make a right turn in front of a biker.
To avoid it: Ride further left in the lane so a car can’t get around you as easily. If a car still cuts you off, riding further to the left will give you more room to swerve if necessary.
- A parked car opens their car door blocking the biker without enough time to stop or swerve out of the way.
To avoid it: Ride further to the left even if it puts you more into the lane of traffic. You could also keep a lookout for cars parking or drivers sitting in their car.
- A biker is hit from the rear end. Rear end collisions are the most common way drunk drivers hurt or kill bikers.
To avoid it: Ride on roads with less traffic and be visible. Wear headlights, taillights, reflective gear or anything else that will make you stand out to drivers.
- A biker attempts to make a left-hand turn in front of a biker.
To avoid it: Ride where you can be seen. Drivers generally won’t see you riding on the sidewalk to ride on the street. Be aware of what is coming up in front of you to avoid traffic, bushes or parked cars.
What to do After a Hit and Run Bicycle Accident
Here are some tips for a bicyclist who is hit by someone who flees the scene to catch the responsible driver and protect your ability to file a lawsuit against them.
- Take pictures of the accident scene, the damages to your bike, weather conditions at the scene, skid marks, and your injuries.
- Talk to any witnesses and get their contact information (full name and phone number).
- Call the police. A responding officer will be able to create an accident report. By failing to obtain an accident report, you may lose your right to compensation from your own insurance company and the at-fault driver. Even if you think the at-fault driver will not be found, file a police report with local authorities.
- Receive medical care. Always go to the doctor after any motor vehicle accident. Doing so documents medical records that can later help your case. Tell the doctor you were involved in an accident and report any injuries even if minor. By receiving medical car, your medical records will protect your right to medical expense compensation.
- Notify your insurance providers. Many auto insurance policies cover bicyclists who travel on roadways. Let your insurance company know about the accident if you think you will need to file a claim to cover your losses. Learn as much as you can about the compensation you are owed through your own insurance policies (medical and auto). If the driver is not found, these may be the only compensation opportunities for you.
Bicycle Accidents After Dark
Bicycling after dark involves many risks. The most obvious is visibility. Studies have shown that fatal accidents on the road are three times more likely to happen at night. Nowhere is worst to ride your bike at night than in a low lite urban area. Other risks of riding at night include increased traffic during rush hour, slowed reaction times, etc. Here are some things a bicyclist riding at night can do to stay safe:
- Be visible. Use lights on your bike and wear reflective clothing.
- Don’t weave in and out of lanes. Stay straight and predictable to make it easy for drivers to be aware of you.
- Always follow traffic laws just as if you were driving a car. In the event of a bicycle accident, a bike is considered the same as any other vehicle when riding in the road.
- Be aware of unforeseen dangers such as animals or other people walking or riding a bike.
- Be prepared. Always have the right equipment in case of a flat tire, bad weather or any other kind of emergency.
Protect Yourself from a Bicycle Accident
If you are planning on riding a bike for fun or to commute, protect yourself from a bicycle accident with these five tips.
- Always follow the rules of the road. Even when you are not driving a car, a bicycle riding on the road is still responsible to follow the rules. Obey all traffic signals and yield the right-of-way when necessary.
- Watch for cars and pedestrians. Bicyclists pose a threat to pedestrians just like a car poses a threat to a biker. Always be courteous to cars and pedestrians while on a bike.
- Be visible. Wear brightly colored clothing and use lights or reflectors to be seen easily.
- Stay in designated bike areas when possible. If possible, chose a route with a bike lane to keep yourself safe.
- Teach your kids to be safe on a bike too.
How to Prepare Your Kids to Avoid a Bicycle Crash
Every year about 400,000 kids are treated in the emergency room for bicycle-related injuries. Some bike accidents are inevitable, regardless you can prepare your kids to avoid a bicycle crash with the proper technique. The following are some tips to help prepare your kids to avoid a bicycle crash.
- Make sure your kids are wearing a good bike helmet whenever they are on their bike. A helmet will help protect your child from head and brain injuries.
- Prepare your child’s bike with a tune-up. For example, wipe off the frame, make sure bolts are tight, lubricate the chain, check the brakes and inflate any flat tires. This will help prevent common bike accidents such as a chain breaking or a flat tire.
- Practice helping your kids avoid hazards such as large rocks, toys, potholes, etc. while riding their bike.
- Teach your kids their bike is to be treated like a vehicle, not a toy. Bicyclists have the same rules to follow as a vehicle whenever it enters the roadway.
- Start with teaching some basic rules of the road such as stay to the right, keep a safe distance from other bikes or people, look both ways, etc.
Contact the Bicycle Accident Attorneys and Lawyers at Parke Gordon Law Firm
Contact the personal injury lawyers at Parke Gordon Law Firm for a free consultation. Our attorneys are on your side and will fight for your rights. This is your opportunity to talk with an experienced attorney about your bicycle accident case. Call the law office of Parke Gordon Law Firm in Kennewick now at (509) 582-7274. You pay nothing until your case settles.
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