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Common Causes of Bothell Bicycle Accidents

Bicyclists must remember that certain laws and rules of the road still apply to them. Some bicycle accidents occur because bicyclists do not signal turns, fail to stop at intersections, and engage in other such risky behaviors.

However, you may be a responsible bicyclist who does not make such mistakes. Regardless, you could still be injured in an accident resulting from the negligence of a motorist with whom you’re sharing the road. Drivers can cause accidents when they are:

  • Speeding
  • Driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Driving while drowsy, which in some instances is as dangerous as driving drunk
  • Driving while distracted, a problem which is increasingly contributing to high accident rates due to the rise of smartphone ownership
  • Failing to yield the right-of-way to bicyclists
  • Not using headlights in low light conditions
  • Not obeying traffic signs and signals

If a driver caused your Bothell bicycle accident, you can seek compensation for your losses by filing a claim to collect from their insurance, or by filing a lawsuit if they are uninsured or if their insurer will not offer a fair settlement. First, however, you must gather evidence proving their negligence caused your accident. This will require conducting an investigation.

This is one of many reasons it is wise to enlist the help of a Bothell bicycle accident attorney. We can investigate your accident thoroughly on your behalf. Our investigation may involve interviewing witnesses, retrieving and reviewing any pictures or photos of the accident, and other such steps which can strengthen your claim.

How a Bothell Bicycle Accident Attorney Can Help

Another motorist is not always the negligent party responsible for causing a bicycle accident. For example, an accident can occur if a negligent designer or manufacturer overlooks a bicycle defect. Government agencies also have a responsibility to maintain safe road conditions. If a government agency failed to address a hazardous condition in a timely manner, and you are injured as a result, that agency may be the liable party in your case.

We will consider these factors when investigating your accident. Our goal is to accurately identify the parties responsible for providing you with compensation. Once we have identified them, we will file a thorough claim, anticipating that the insurance company will likely respond with lowball offers.

You do not need to accept the first offer an insurer makes. If an initial offer is not sufficient based on the extent and severity of your losses, we will negotiate aggressively with the insurer, optimizing your chances of recovering the full amount of compensation for which you may be eligible.

Contact a Bothell Bicycle Accident Attorney Today

At Russell & Hill, PLLC, our team of personal injury attorneys in Bothell is on hand to provide you with the effective representation you deserve. While we handle your case, you can focus on your recovery. Learn more about how we can help by calling us at 800-529-0842 to schedule your free consultation today.

Riding a bicycle offers a health-friendly and eco-friendly means of navigating Bothell, Washington. That said, bicycles don’t offer the same degree of protection from harm as enclosed vehicles do when accidents occur. Being involved in a bicycle accident can leave you with serious injuries that will likely require costly medical treatment.

Have you been injured in such an accident? Do you suspect your accident resulted from the negligence of another party? If so, schedule a free case review with a Bothell bicycle accident attorney at Russell & Hill, PLLC. You may be eligible to recover compensation for such losses as your medical bills and lost wages. If this is so, we will help you recover what you deserve.

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