According to Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center, in 2012, 726 lost their lives in bicycle/motor vehicle crashes nationally, just under two people every day of the year in the U.S. The death rate from bicycle crashes is high due to the relative lack of protection bicyclists have in an impact with a motor vehicle.
Seattle/Tacoma traffic-safety laws are designed to allow bicyclists to share the road safely with motor vehicles in an increasingly crowded space.
According to the State of Washington Department of Transportation:
The Seattle Police Department offers information on accidents, and also provides information on obtaining a police report. You can also submit a public disclosure request to obtain information from the department.
These departments are a good resource to get information after a bicycle crash.
Washington State's Department of Licensing provides information on traffic laws and licensing and insurance requirements.
While helmets and proper reflective gear make bicycling safer, riding a bicycle is riskier than driving a car. Maintaining control is more difficult on two wheels, and when collisions happen, bicyclists are at greater risk of serious injury or death because they don't have an enclosed vehicle for protection.
Common causes of bicycle crashes include:
In an injury bike crash, it is crucial to get appropriate medical treatment, regardless of the financial cost. The major hospitals in the area include:
Harborview Medical Center - Seattle;
Swedish Hospital - Seattle;
University of Washington Medical Center - Seattle;
Virginia Mason Medical Center - Seattle;
St. Joseph Medical Center - Tacoma.
As soon as possible, an injured person should contact their insurance company to find out medical treatment is covered under their insurance policy.
When a bicycle accident, caused by the negligence of a motorist, results in serious injury or death, the next step is to find an experienced Seattle - Tacoma bicycle accident attorney to start the financial recovery process by launching an insurance claim. Major injury or wrongful death claims are complicated and can be hard to manage without legal help. Having a personal injury lawyer on board is a great relief to injured bicyclists, or to the family left behind when an accident proves fatal.
Since most personal injury lawyers offer a free initial consultation and work on a contingency basis, meaning that there are no up-front costs and all fees are paid when the claim is settled, there is no downside to speaking with a Seattle - Tacoma personal injury lawyer right away.
News sources are reporting the boy's age as either 4- or 5-years-old.