There are numerous reasons that you might choose to use cycling as your main form of transportation. Maybe you do it because you enjoy cycling, or because it is your preferred way to stay in shape. Or perhaps you are trying to reduce your carbon footprint, so you choose cycling over driving a car every day.
As a Bellevue resident, cycling is an efficient and enjoyable mode of transportation. Bellevue is a cyclist-friendly city and its streets are easy to navigate on a bike.
However, being an avid cyclist doesn’t come without its risks. You are subjected to the elements in a way that other commuters are not, you have to share the road with countless motorized vehicles, and you are vulnerable to being struck by distracted or impaired drivers. If you are struck by a motorist, you should contact a personal injury attorney to help you maneuver through the legal mess after the accident.
Dax Jones of The Jones Firm is a Bellevue-based auto and bicycle accident attorney equipped to help accident victims overcome their legal challenges and receive compensation for damages that resulted from a collision.
Dax Jones possesses all the necessary critical thinking and evaluation skills to obtain all the facts surrounding your case and is expertly skilled at building solid cases for his clients.
What are the Most Common Reasons for Bicycle Accidents?
Knowing the most common causes of bicycle accidents can help cyclists avoid potentially dangerous riding situations. While not all accidents are avoidable, it still is best for Bellevue cyclists to be aware of common accident causes.
Below are listed some of the most common scenarios that result in bicyclist accidents in Bellevue.
Motorists driving in the bike lane
Drivers failing to see a bicycle when turning
People running red lights or speeding
Motorists failing to yield to bicycles in crosswalks
Defective bicycle components
Defective roadway conditions
Possible Injuries Due to Bicycle and Auto Accidents
Cyclists can sustain a number of injuries of varying severity levels. Dax Jones has experience working with injured cyclists and can help them assess their physical damages and arrive at a just compensation amount.
Some common injuries that cyclists sustain in an accident can include:
Traumatic brain injuries
Injuries to the cranium
Infections due to injuries
As an injured cyclist, what options do I have?
Many injured cyclists are unaware of just how many options are available to them following an accident. Below are listed several different scenarios that you might encounter as an injured cyclist.
Keep in mind that if you are at fault for the accident you will not be eligible for compensation for your physical injuries.
Scenario 1: The at-fault driver has PIP coverage on his car insurance policy.
Personal Injury Protection coverage (PIP) means that the cyclist who has been injured will be able to access the at-fault driver’s policy for coverage of medical needs and other damages resulting from the accident.
Scenario 2: The at-fault driver does not have PIP coverage on his car insurance policy, but the bicyclist has uninsured motorist coverage or PIP through their own car insurance.
The injured cyclist will be able to access uninsured motorist or PIP coverage through their own policy (if they had arranged for it to be part of their policy) should the at-fault driver be lacking PIP coverage with their insurance plan.
This policy will provide the cyclist with medical coverage and compensation for damages.
Scenario 3: Neither party has the necessary elective coverages on their insurance policy, but the bicyclist has health insurance.
If the cyclist did not elect to have PIP or uninsured motorist coverage as part of their plan and the offending driver also does not have PIP coverage, each party will turn to their individual health insurance for medical coverage.
Scenario 4: The driver does not have PIP coverage, and the cyclist does not have uninsured motorist coverage or health insurance coverage.
If neither party has the proper PIP or uninsured motorist coverage, and the cyclist also lacks health insurance coverage, then both parties will be responsible for covering medical expenses out of pocket. In such scenarios, there is no party with whom injured cyclists are able to file a claim.
Obtaining the Best Results for Injured Clients
Dax Jones has been legally aiding injured bicyclists and pedestrians in the Bellevue area for more than ten years, let him represent you. Dax Jones is a seasoned bicycle accident attorney able to guide victims and family members through the legal stress and trauma that accompanies a personal injury.
His goal is to alleviate as much of the legal stress from his clients as possible so that they can devote their mental energy to recovery while Dax handles the obligatory phone calls, negotiation with insurance companies, reports, settlement offers, and investigations.
Contact The Jones Firm in Bellevue Today for a Free Consultation
Dax Jones offers a free initial consultation that is not limited to 30 minutes like most other law firms. The Jones Firm is committed to helping you through your legal battle and seeing you on to the road of recovery. Contact The Jones Firm today to schedule your free consultation.