Despite the frustration I feel sometimes when stuck behind a slow-moving bicycle, I always remind myself of one thing: in Washington, bicyclists have many of the same rights as car drivers. In fact, statutes in Washington specifically grant our helmeted friends all of the rights and responsibilities of a traditional motorist. They have the choice of whether to ride on the roadway, the bike lane or the shoulder, must have lights if riding at night, and have to ride single-file. Along with these rights, bicyclists have many responsibilities too. They must yield the right-of-way to pedestrians and must stop at all designated red lights and stop signs.
While riding a bicycle, if you are hit by a vehicle on the road, you are afforded many of the potential options any motorist would be. The same goes if you are a pedestrian and you are hit by a bicyclist or a car. In these situations, the standard remains the same and recovery is possible if the opposing driver (or rider) was negligent in their actions. If you or someone you know has been injured in a bicycle or pedestrian accident, it is imperative to have a discussion with a qualified personal injury attorney - to learn of your legal rights and options.