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Dedicated Kent and Seattle bicycle accident lawyers

  1. Your case deserves serious support from experienced attorneys
  2. Drivers cause most car-bicycle crashes, not cyclists 
  3. Common Washington State cycling injuries can cause lifelong damage
  4. Dealing with bicycle accident injuries after a crash? Our team has your back
  5. Don’t wait to protect your future after a bike crash. Contact Herschensohn Law Firm today

Your case deserves serious support from experienced attorneys

Cyclists have the same rights to the road as people in motor vehicles. However, not everyone takes the responsibility of sharing the road seriously—costing the people in Kent and the Greater Seattle area in health, peace of mind, and money as a result.

 If you were hit and injured in a car accident while riding your bike, attorney Zach Herschensohn will fight to maximize the value of your claim so that you can get the medical treatment you need and deserve.  

Herschensohn Law Firm has won millions in settlements and verdicts for injury victims throughout Kent and the Seattle Metro area and has experience helping injured bicyclists get the financial compensation they’re entitled to. Discover what an experienced and aggressive Kent bicycle accident attorney can do for you.

Contact us today for your free consultation.

Drivers cause most car-bicycle crashes, not cyclists

Riding a bicycle is a good for your mind and body—unless you’re hit and injured by someone in a car-bike accident. In 2019 alone, there were 1,303 crashes involving cyclists on Washington State roads. In 92% of those collisions, someone was hurt. Nine people died.  

Unfortunately, most bicycle collisions are caused by the motorist’s mistakes. Some of the most common ways drivers’ reckless actions cause crashes include: 

  • Going through a stop sign 
  • Running a red light 
  • Speeding 
  • Failure to yield the right of way when making a turn 
  • Impaired or drunk driving 
  • Tailgating or other aggressive driving 
  • Texting and driving 
  • Distracted driving 
  • Ignoring traffic signs 
  • Pulling into the crosswalk at an intersection 
  • Fatigued driving 
  • Dooring (opening a car door into the path of an oncoming cyclist) 

Other times, bike riders crash due to faulty or defective roads. In other cases, someone’s dog or another animal may have run out into the path of the bicyclists and caused the crash.  

While rider error does contribute to a small percentage of crashes, most collisions involving bicyclists are preventable and due to the reckless actions and inattention of others. 

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Common Washington State cycling injuries can cause lifelong damage

Depending on what type of protective gear you’re wearing and the circumstances of your crash, cycling injuries can range from minor cuts and bruises to serious and potentially fatal injuries.  

Some of the most common injuries bicyclists sustain in accidents with motor vehicles include:

  • Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI): While it’s the law in Kent and King County to wear a helmet when riding your bicycle, a collision can still cause a severe head or brain injury. Concussions, which are a kind of TBI, are all too common. TBIs are serious injuries that may require extensive treatment and long-term care, depending on what happened. 
  • Fractured or broken bones: Due to their lack of protection, it’s common for bicyclists to sustain fractured or broken hands, wrists, elbows, collar bones, legs and ribs. This can occur from impact or from being crushed or pinned against an object. 
  • Neck and back injuries: Slipped discs, herniated discs, fractured vertebrae in the spine, muscle strains and muscle sprains are all common neck and back injuries bicyclists suffer in crashes. These injuries are often serious and may require physical therapy, surgery, and long-term care. 
  • Injuries to the face: While a helmet can protect a bicyclist’s head and brain, it doesn’t offer much protection for the rider’s face. A bicycle crash may result in broken, chipped or lost teeth, facial lacerations and bruises, scarring, a broken nose or a broken jaw. 
  • Road rash: Any time a bicyclist is knocked down or ejected from their bike, they run the risk of having their skin torn apart by the unforgiving asphalt. Extremely painful and easily infected if not properly treated, road rash is a serious injury. 

Unfortunately, these injuries can make getting back on your feet difficult. You shouldn’t have to worry about paying your bills or going to work when you also need to heal after a traumatic crash. To make things more complicated, the insurance company is trying to downplay the severity of your injuries and the insurance adjuster is pushing you to accept minimal compensation. 

If you find yourself in this difficult situation, don’t cave into their pressure. Personal injury lawyer Zach Herschensohn and his team are here to support injured cyclists in Kent and the greater Seattle area. 

Dealing with bicycle accident injuries after a crash? Our team has your back

Zach Herschensohn is an experienced negotiator who won’t back down to the insurance company or stop fighting unless your needs are met and medical bills covered. And if the insurance company won’t make you a fair settlement offer, he’s more than capable of playing hardball and fighting for you in court. In fact, he’s a well-respected trial attorney who thrives on representing injury victims in front of a judge and jury. 

RELATED: What You Should Do After Getting Hit in a Roadside Crash 

“Zach will always take time and give you quality advice that you can trust. Highly recommended!”

- P.R., Katy, WA

Don’t wait to protect your future after a bike crash. Contact Herschensohn Law Firm today

To learn more about how our firm of dedicated personal injury attorneys can support you after a Kent or Seattle bicycle crash, please don’t hesitate to contact our law firm for a free case evaluation. We can meet with you in a free, private meeting to hear what happened and offer no-nonsense legal advice about what to do next. Our team of Seattle bicycle accident lawyers always be straightforward with you, and you won’t have to worry about paying for our legal services unless we win on your behalf.  

To get started, send us a message or call our office at (206) 596-4964 to schedule your free consultation with our legal team today. In your initial consultation, we’ll meet with you, hear your story, and offer no-nonsense legal advice about what to do next.

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When you request your free consultation, Kent personal injury attorney Zach Herschensohn will listen to you, answer your questions, lay out your legal options, and give you down-to-earth legal advice.

When you work with our law office, there are no obligations, hidden fees, or fine print. It’s that simple.

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References

  1. Washington State Department of Transportation (2019)Pedestrians and Bicyclists – Bicyclists by Injury TypeName of Website or Publication. Retrieved from https://remoteapps.wsdot.wa.gov/highwaysafety/collision/data/portal/public  

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