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Like other cities in Washington, Kent is a bicycle-friendly city with 118 cycling routes ready to explore for eco-friendly transportation, exercise, and for fun. But the same unenclosed, open-air design that makes a bicycle ride so exhilarating, also puts cyclists at great risk of injuries in the event of an accident—especially in a collision with a heavy vehicle. Costly medical treatments combined with mobility issues and pain can halt a victim’s life in its tracks.
The Kent personal injury lawyers at Caffee Law understand how quickly a bicycle accident brings the victim’s life to a standstill. Call or contact the Kent bicycle accident attorneys at Caffee Law today for a free consultation so we can begin working on a strategy for gaining compensation and justice.
Liability in Bicycle Accidents in Kent
There are many ways a bicycle accident can occur, even to the most careful cyclist. Sadly, the most common cause of bicycle accidents in Kent and throughout Washington is driver error. The slim design of a bicycle makes it more difficult to spot than a bulky vehicle and often motorists don’t practice the reasonable measures needed to keep cyclists safe when sharing the roadways. Common liable parties in bicycle accidents include:
- Road maintenance agencies
- Manufacturers of defective equipment
In order to recover compensation for accident-related expenses and income loss, the plaintiff in the case—the injury victim—must prove liability on the part of the person at fault. According to Washington’s comparative negligence laws, even if the injury victim played a role in the accident, they can still recover damages minus their percentage of fault for the accident. For example, if the evidence and accident report shows that a cyclist was 20% at fault for their injury because they lacked reflectors, they can still recover 80% of their total economic and non-economic damages.
Proving liability on the part of an at-fault driver, manufacturer, or city maintenance agency requires demonstrating the following:
- That the party at fault owed a duty of care to take reasonable measures to prevent injuries, such as a driver’s duty to avoid distractions while driving or a city service’s duty to repair road hazards
- That the at-fault party failed in this duty by acting negligently or recklessly
- That the negligence or recklessness caused the bicycle accident and injuries
- That the accident victim suffered real damages from the injury
Once a diligent Kent pedestrian accident attorney from Caffee Law investigates your accident and gathers evidence, they can craft the most compelling claim for full compensation for your financial damages plus pain and suffering.
What Compensation Can I Recover After a Bicycle Accident in Washington?
The injuries a cyclist experiences in a collision with a vehicle can be life-altering and come with quickly escalating costs at the same time that returning to work isn’t always possible. A successful claim for damages against the insurance policy of the party at fault in the accident could provide compensation for damages such as:
- Medical expenses
- Future medical expenses for any further treatment related to the accident
- Lost wages
- Future lost income
- Diminished earning capacity if your accident left you with a partial or total disability
- Pain and suffering
- Any other non-economic damages that may apply, such as trauma, PTSD, or disfigurement compensation
While financial compensation can’t erase intangible damages like pain and suffering, it is the court’s way to redress a wrong done to you.
Why Choose Us for Your Kent Bicycle Accident Attorneys?
At Caffee Law, we understand the ripple effects of a bicycle accident throughout every aspect of the injury victim’s life. We will put our many years of experience, strong local reputation, and investigative skills to work proving liability, calculating damages to maximize your compensation, and negotiating from a position of strength with the insurance companies. We are also more than ready to stand by you in court and argue for the outcome you deserve in the rare event that an insurance company won’t resolve the claim with an ample settlement.
Call the bicycle accident lawyers at Caffee Accident & Injury Lawyers today for a free consultation and understand that we don’t take a fee unless you win your settlement.