Car Accident Overview
Automobile accidents can cause serious injuries that permanently alter your life. These injuries can affect your personal life, your professional life, along with the lives of those you care most about. If another driver is at fault for the car accident, they will likely have liability insurance, as required by Washington State Law. You can be confident an experienced and skilled claims adjuster will be assigned by the at-fault parties insurance company to represent the interests of the at-fault driver. As this is likely your first time dealing with insurance companies, it is essential to approach the situation with care and an understanding of your options. It is likely the insurance company representing the interest of the negligent driver will attempt to obtain a recorded statement from you discussing the facts of the collision along with your injuries and symptoms. Anything you say can be used against you in future proceedings. As such, it is important to discuss your situation with experienced car accident lawyers who has represented hundreds of individuals with car accident claims.
Pedestrian versus automobile accidents
Due to the inherent lack of protection, some of the most violent and life altering accidents involve a car versus a pedestrian. Every driver of a vehicle has a duty to exercise due care to avoid colliding with any pedestrian upon any roadway and exercise proper precaution upon observing any child or any obviously confused or incapacitated person upon a roadway. RCW 46.61.245. The driver of a vehicle shall yield the right-of- way to any pedestrian or bicycle on a sidewalk.
Bicycle versus automobile accidents
Even with the many new road alterations being implemented for the benefit of bicyclists, there is still a level of danger that comes with bicyclists and vehicles sharing the roadway. On certain roads, bicyclists have their own travel area, while on others they must share the road with faster moving cars. Occasionally, some drivers can become impatient and risk dangerous maneuvers in order to pass the slower moving bicyclist. Due to the need to share the same travel areas in most circumstances, coupled with the inherent differences between vehicles and bicyclists, accidents can happen. As with pedestrians, the bicyclist is significantly under protected for a collision with a vehicle, especially at high rate of speed.
Traffic laws apply to persons riding bicycles. (1) Every person riding a bicycle upon a roadway shall be granted all of the rights and shall be subject to all of the duties applicable to the driver of a vehicle by this chapter, except as to special regulations in RCW 46.61.750 through 46.61.780 and except as to those provisions of this chapter which by their nature can have no application. (2) Every person riding a bicycle upon a sidewalk or crosswalk must be granted all of the rights and is subject to all of the duties applicable to a pedestrian by this chapter. RCW 46.61.755. Charles McNeese understands the difficulties bicyclists encounter while sharing the roadway with automobiles, as he rides his bike several times a week.