Tacoma is a great place for a cyclist. Tacoma has a well-developed biking environment, a strong commitment to promoting cycling, and a high level of public knowledge of the advantages of cycling. However, bicycle accidents still occur regularly.
Bicycle accidents wreak havoc on the lives of those who are involved. Bicyclists, unlike motorists, travel the roads with little safety from the dangers posed by cycling conditions and motor traffic. The rider normally bears the brunt of the impact when a bicycle collides with a car or truck.
Even if cyclists survive a crash, they often suffer serious, life-altering injuries that involve years of treatment and rehabilitation. If you’re suffering from bicycle accident-related injuries or lost a loved one due to a cycling accident, an attorney could help you seek compensation. Speak to an experienced Tacoma bicycle accident attorney at The Ye Law Firm about your legal options.
Bicycle accident-related injuries can often be devastating. Although the use of helmets, arm pads, and kneepads can significantly minimize cycling casualties, bicycle accidents often result in the cyclist’s death due to the cyclist’s lack of physical safety in a collision with a car and the road surface.
Even if a cyclist survives, a collision can cause serious and long-term injuries. The cyclist’s body often collides with the vehicle or the ground with tremendous momentum. Often, due to the body being exposed, collisions can also occur at odd angles, which causes additional injuries. Some typical cyclist injuries include lacerations, facial damage, brain, and spinal cord injuries, broken bones, tissue damage such as torn tendons and ligaments, and sometimes severed limbs.
Due to the relatively minimal amount of protection surrounding cyclist in contrast to a typical motorist, a cyclist in Tacoma are considered vulnerable users of public roads under RCW 46.61.190. Additionally, under RCW 46.61.755, cyclists are afforded the same rights and duties as a pedestrian. A Tacoma bike injury litigator can help enforce an injured cyclist’s rights and seek compensation for their injuries.
Medical bills, financial strains, and unpleasant interactions with doctors, law enforcement, and insurance adjusters are all common after a cycling accident. Cycle accident victims and family members of cyclists injured in collisions in Tacoma normally have the right to sue for compensatory damages from parties that are legally liable.
However, under RCW 4.56.250, non-economic compensatory damages (such as pain and suffering) are limited by Washington state law to 43 percent of the average annual wage multiplied by the cyclist’s life expectancy at the time of the crash.
While Washington also does not typically allow victims to recover punitive damages in bicycle accident cases, the compensatory damages that a victim can recover can provide much-needed relief for a victim’s injury-related costs.
Typical compensatory damages that a victim of a bicycle accident in Tacoma include:
The statute of limitations in Tacoma for slip and fall lawsuits is three years from the date of the accident. If you do not file under the statute of limitations, your right to pursue your case may be jeopardized.
Don’t suffer while your medical bills mount and your limited time to file passes by. Our team is available to meet with you and discuss the merits of your case. Schedule a consultation with a qualified Tacoma bicycle accident lawyer to get started on your case.