A fatal bicycle-pedestrian collision on the Interurban Trail in Everett, Washington, has the community discussing multiuse trail safety and accident prevention.

Fatal Bicycle Accident Draws Attention To Dangers Of Interurban Trail

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Washington State officials and bicycle safety advocates are discussing urban trail safety after a fatal bicycle and pedestrian accident on the Interurban Trail in Everett left one cyclist dead and others injured.


The bicycle and pedestrian collision took place on Monday, July 11, when friends and cycling buddies Warren Bare and 73-year-old Wendell Hultman decided to bike to an Everett bakery. At the same time, Eric and Cathy Wedlund were walking their terrier in the opposite direction. As the two cyclists went down a hill and passed another group of pedestrians, they turned a corner and collided with the Wedlunds. Hultman struck the dog and flew off his bike headfirst. He died of a traumatic brain injury twelve days later.


While authorities believe that this is the first fatal accident on the Interurban Trail, it is hard to know since many accidents that don't involve a motorized vehicle or a public road simply aren't reported.


The Washington State trail accident, however, has drawn attention to the lack of safety, the lack of rules, and the lack of accident reports on many of the state's urban multiuse trails. Currently, no changes have been made to prevent similar accidents from taking place in the future.


If you have been injured on an urban trail in Washington, you may wish to speak with a Seattle accident attorney about what caused your injury and who is responsible for damages. Schedule a free, private meeting with Andrew Kim today.

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