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Summer Bike Safety

The official start of the Pacific Northwest summer is here. With school out for the summer, the extended daylight brings an increase in bicycle activity, especially with children. Bike safety needs to be top of mind:

  • Gear up for safety – wear a helmet
  • Minimal essentials for safety include lights, reflectors, mirrors, and a repair kit
  • Carry identification
  • Inspect your tires
  • Ride safely and defensively
  • Check gears, seat height, and handlebars

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Even the most trivial or seemingly insignificant equipment details, can be dangerous and life-threatening. Click here to learn more about a case involving GLP Attorneys and a tragic bike crash that killed a 6-year-old Washington boy. Senior Trial Counsel & Shareholder, Jim Gooding, was the lead attorney for this case.

Understanding Bicycle Accident Injury Negligence in Washington State: a bicycle is a legal road vehicle, just like an automobile. This means that bicycle riders have the same rights and responsibilities as drivers. Washington State Courts look to several factors in determining whether a driver or cyclist was negligent in causing an automobile collision with a bicycle. Some examples of these factors include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Driving or cycling at a speed too fast for road or traffic conditions
  • Driving or cycling under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Distracted driving or cycling, including texting while driving/cycling
  • Disobeying traffic signs or signals
  • Failing to properly signal while turning
  • Following your bicycle too closely
  • Generally failing to follow the Rules of the Road in all bicycle accident injury cases it is essential that measures be taken immediately to preserve evidence, investigate any facts in question, and enable physicians or other experts to thoroughly evaluate any injuries from the bicycle accident injury promptly.

For more information on your rights as a bicyclist, please contact GLP Attorneys:

P:  1-800-273-5005
T:  206-448-1992

If you have been involved in an accident, please call or email our attorneys for a free consultation