Bicycle Accidents

Injuries that occur when you are riding your bike caused by a car, truck, another cyclist, hidden defect in the roadway or objects obstructing your ability to see and avoid hazardous situations.

Bicycles have become quite popular over the past few years. With increasing gas prices, more and more folks ride to and from work or use bikes to run errands. It is a convenient and inexpensive method of travel and a fun way to exercise by yourself or with family or friends.

Many cities have recognized the increase in bike traffic and have constructed special bike lanes. Parks have made trails accessible to cyclists. Unfortunately, some automobile drivers do not respect the bicyclists’ rights to share the roads. Equally important, some bicyclists have not been educated on how to legally and safely share the roads with automobiles, resulting in serious and sometimes fatal injuries.

Did you know:

  1. Nearly 1 million children are injured each year in bicycle-related collisions.
  2. A bicyclist is fatally injured every 6 hours.
  3. 49 percent of all bicycle fatalities occurred to children under the age of 16.
  4. While bicycle v. vehicle collisions only account for one-third of all collisions, they account for a majority of the catastrophic injuries.

The most common causes of bicycle v. motor vehicle collisions occur when:

  1. The motor vehicle driver opens his/her driver’s door when parked;
  2. A motor vehicle sideswipes a bicyclist while passing;
  3. A motorist fails to yield the right of way to the cyclist;
  4. The cyclist travels over a road surface hazard.

Though a cyclist has as much of a right to the roadway as a motor vehicle in Washington,[1] the number and types of bicyclist v. motor vehicle collisions that occur seem to indicate that motor vehicle drivers are not aware of cyclists’ road rights.

[1] RCW 46.61.755