There are many smart reasons to ride a bicycle around Edmonds, Washington. Riding a bike is great for your health and for the environment. Not to mention it is a great way to explore beautiful and quant Edmonds and take in the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest.
You must remember, though, that a bicycle does not offer the same degree of protection as a vehicle when accidents occur. Bicyclists do not have seatbelts, airbags, or the metal frame of a vehicle protecting them when they are involved in accidents. Thus, when bicyclists are involved in accidents, their injuries tend to be severe, resulting in costly medical treatment and time away from work.
Have you been involved in a bicycle accident in or around Edmonds, WA? Do you have reason to believe your accident occurred because someone else was careless?
Contact an Edmonds bicycle accident attorney at Russell & Hill, PLLC if so. You may be able to recover compensation for such losses as your medical bills, lost wages, and even non economic losses, such as your pain and suffering. We will review your case for free, and if you choose to work with us, offer aggressive representation to optimize your chances of settling for an appropriate amount of money.
While you may be a responsible and safe cyclist, you cannot exercise any control over the decisions others make. Bicycle accidents in and around Edmonds often occur because motorists sharing the road with cyclists are careless in some capacity. Examples of ways in which drivers can cause accidents include the following:
Motorists are not the only negligent parties who can cause bicycle accidents, though. After all, bicycles are essentially machines, consisting of numerous parts which all play critical roles in rider safety. If a part is defective, an accident may occur, which means there are some instances when the liable party responsible for compensating the victim of a bicycle accident is a careless bicycle designer or manufacturer.
Some bicycle accidents are also the result of bicyclists encountering unexpected hazardous road conditions. Local government agencies are responsible for addressing these conditions. If they fail to do so in a timely manner, and an accident is the result, a government agency may be responsible for providing a victim with compensation.
A bicycle accident victim can only recover compensation if they properly identify the negligent party who caused their accident. This may require conducting an investigation.
Our Edmonds bicycle accident attorneys at Russell & Hill, PLLC are prepared to conduct such an investigation on your behalf. We will gather evidence proving your accident was a result of negligence, and we will negotiate with the insurance company for a fair settlement, rejecting any initial lowball offers. This allows you to focus on your recovery. For more information about how we can help, call us today at 800-529-0842 to schedule your free consultation.