Seattle bike accident lawyer Andrew Kim discusses six road hazards for Washington bike riders, including potholes, puddles, gravel, and railroad tracks.

Seattle Bike Accident Lawyer Reviews Six Road Hazards for Cyclists

This April, a King County judge dismissed a lawsuit filed by six Washington cyclists who had been injured in Seattle bicycle accidents prior to 2010. All six injury victims claimed that their bike crashes could have been prevented if not for dangerous streetcar rails located on the right side of the street. Although the judge ruled that the city of Seattle was not to blame for the accidents, the case still raises an important point about road hazards for cyclists.

Let’s take a closer look at six of the major road hazards that cyclists face in Seattle every day.
  • Potholes. Potholes and other breaks in the pavement are a minor, though bumpy, inconvenience for large, four-wheeled vehicles. For cyclists, whose bikes only have two thin wheels, potholes can be dangerous or even deadly. 
  • Puddles. Like potholes, puddles can cause cyclists to lose their balance or be thrown from their bikes. Unlike potholes, puddles can be extremely deceptive: the water makes it impossible for cyclists to know how deep the puddle is or what lies beneath. 
  • Railroad tracks and streetcar tracks. Seattle has a large number of public transportation options, but some of these options require raised tracks or embedded tracks. Both pose a danger to cyclists, who could get a wheel caught in a track rut. 
  • Sand, rocks, or gravel. Again, gravel and sand is a minor annoyance for cars but usually nothing more. For cyclists, sand or gravel in the road can lead to dangerous skidding and loss of control. 
  • Painted lines. Marks on the road are there for our safety – they help drivers stay in the lanes, take precautions, and obey the rules of the road. However, painted lines and other markings can be slick for those on road bikes. 
  • Bridge joints. Bridges are dangerous for cyclists for a number of reasons. One reason is the joints of a bridge, which can create a rough or uneven surface for those on bikes.

What can cyclists do to avoid being injured in an accident that involves these road hazards? The number-one way to prevent these accidents is through education and awareness: understand that cyclists need to be more sensitive to breaks in the pavement and inconsistencies in the road.

Have you been involved in a Washington State bike accident caused by a road hazard? Was the accident the result of someone else’s negligence or carelessness? You may wish to speak to a Seattle bike accident lawyer about your case and possible compensation for your injuries. Call Andrew Kim today to request a private consultation.