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Bicycle and Pedestrian Accidents

We live in a very popular and beautiful area for bicycling in Washington state for recreational purposes, sport (Seattle to Portland (STP) ride) and competition, and commuting to and from our houses and work places in downtown Seattle, Bellevue, Redmond, Kirkland, Issaquah, and the surrounding Puget Sound region.

With more people riding bicycles, following the rules of the road is especially important. A bicycle is a legal road vehicle, just like a car. This means that bicycle riders have the same rights and responsibilities as drivers.  However, with more bikers comes the potential for more accidents and injuries.

Any cyclist knows that the main traffic risks come from three sources: reckless, belligerent or blindsided motorists; swinging car doors; and jaywalking pedestrians. Bicyclists must somehow be alert to these dangers while simultaneously keeping a close eye on the pavement for potholes, metal plates and other ground-level hazards.

Often times, the injuries suffered by a bicyclist are more serious, permanent and sometimes life threatening.  There is no contest between a person riding on a bicycle and a car or truck if involved in a collision.  Broken bones, herniated disks in the spine, torn rotator cuff in the shoulder, paralysis, and traumatic brain injuries (TBI) can result from the bicycle accident.


Statistics

There are 73 to 85 million bicycle riders in the US.

700 bicyclists died on US roads in 2007. Over 90 percent died in crashes with motor vehicles. 

The "typical" bicyclist killed on our roads is a sober male over 16 not wearing a helmet riding on a major road between intersections in an urban area on a summer evening when hit by a car.

About 540,000 bicyclists visit emergency rooms with injuries every year. Of those, about 67,000 have head injuries, and 27,000 have injuries serious enough to be hospitalized.

Bicycle crashes and injuries are under-reported, since the majority are not serious enough for emergency room visits. 43,000 cyclists were reported injured in traffic crashes in 2007.

1 in 8 of the cyclists with reported injuries had a brain injury. 

Two-thirds of the deaths here are from traumatic brain injury (TBI).

A very high percentage of cyclists' brain injuries can be prevented by a helmet, estimated at anywhere from 45 to 88 per cent.

Direct costs of cyclists' injuries due to not using helmets are estimated at $81 million each year, rising with health care costs.

Indirect costs of cyclists' injuries due to not using helmets are estimated at $2.3 billion each year. 

Helmet use in the US varies greatly in different areas and different sectors of our society. White collar commuters probably reach 80 per cent, while inner city kids and rural kids would be 10 per cent or less.


Cities in Washington State Requiring Bicycle Helmets for all ages include all cities in King County, Pierce County, and Snohomish CountyEatonville requires helmets for anyone under 16, Orting under 17, and Poulsbo under 18 years old.

Andrew Kim is an experienced injury attorney uniquely qualified to assist bicyclists who get into accidents with cars, trucks, motorcycles, pedestrians, or other hazards in the roadway.  At the Andrew Kim Law Firm, PLLC, we help injured people get back in the saddle and back to the enjoyment of life like it was before the accident.  We help recover the damage to the bike, medical bills, wage loss, and most importantly compensation for the physical and emotional injuries, pain and suffering caused by the bicycle accident.

Call us toll free at 1-800-636-3676.




Helpful Links Related to Bicycling


City of Seattle Bicycle Maps and Trail Routes

King County Bicycling Guide Map

King County Public Health Low Cost or Free Helmets in King County

King County Metro Bike Information Page

Washington State Department of Transportation Bicycling

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