Bicycle Accident Law
A cyclist crossing a street in a crosswalk has the same legal rights as a pedestrian, even if riding across the crosswalk. A cyclist on the road has the same rights and duties as a driver, including the duty to stop for pedestrians at a crosswalk, stop sign, or red light.
Bicycle Safety Tips
Please be VISIBLE. Use lights and reflectors at all times, even in daylight. And please, wear a bicycle helmet, and replace it if it is damaged in an accident.
Bicycle Accident Sample Recoveries
A cyclist who was hit in a crosswalk on the Burke-Gilman trail suffering an eye socket fracture requiring surgery: $100,000 (the limit of all available insurance policies).
A cyclist who was hit from behind at a stop sign by a driver suffering from senile dementia, sustaining a shoulder blade fracture and concussion: $115,000.
A cyclist who was hit by another cyclist sustaining a collarbone fracture requiring surgery with good result: $75,000.