If you plan on walking or bicycling in Seattle, you’ll need to follow the safety rules.

Staying Safe When Walking or Bicycling in Seattle


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11/15/2014
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Seattle is known as one of the nation’s friendliest towns for cyclists and pedestrians. Tourists and locals alike flock to the city to enjoy its hills and gorgeous sights, and know that traveling on a bike or on foot is one of the best ways to see what this town has to offer.

Laws are implemented in order to protect motorists, cyclists, and pedestrians. Whether you are walking through Pioneer Square or riding your bike to Myrtle Edwards Park, you’ll need to obey these rules.

Laws to Keep Cyclists and Pedestrians Safe

Wearing a helmet while cycling and making yourself visible to motorists are just a few of the laws instated to keep bikers and pedestrians safe. Here are a few others:

  • Pedestrians must obey traffic signals and traffic control devices unless otherwise directed by a traffic or police officer.
  • Pedestrians must use sidewalks when they are available. If sidewalks aren’t available, pedestrians must walk on the left side of the roadway or on its shoulder, facing traffic.
  • When crossing a roadway at any part of the road besides within the marked crosswalk or unmarked crosswalk at an intersection, pedestrians must yield the right of way to all vehicles upon the roadway.
  • Pedestrians and bicyclists are prohibited from suddenly bolting into traffic so that drivers cannot stop.
  • Bicyclists and motorists must yield to pedestrians on sidewalks and in crosswalks.

When You’ve Been Injured

Even if you follow all of the rules for your safety, you could still get into an accident with a motorist or other bicyclist. Such crashes can cause serious injuries and can leave you with hundreds or even thousands of dollars in medical bills. If you don’t think you should be held responsible for these fees, you’re not alone—because we don’t either.

The Andrew Kim Law Firm has represented many bicyclists and pedestrians who live in Seattle and the surrounding areas, and we may be able to do the same for you. Contact us today to speak with an experienced attorney about your situation.



Category: Bicycle and Pedestrian Accidents

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