Despite the frustration you may sometimes feel when stuck behind a slow-moving bicycle, we must 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. As a bicyclist in Washington, it's important to know your rights and responsibilities so you can understand your rights in a Personal Injury claim.
As a bicyclist, you have the option to ride your bike on the road, in a bike lane, or even on a sidewalk. You must use bicycle lights if you're riding at night. And, if riding in a group, you must stay single-file. However, just as a vehicle owes you a duty to avoid accidents, you owe pedestrians the same duty. You must stop at all designated red lights and stop signs and must avoid hitting a pedestrian if they have the right-of-way.
If you did get hit by a vehicle while you're riding your bicycle, you are afforded many of the potential options any motorist would be given. Same goes if you're a pedestrian. In these situations, the standard remains the same; the opposing driver/rider must have been negligent in their actions. Not only that, but the neglignece of the at fault party must have been the actual cause of your injuries. At Magnuson Lowell, we can help you with your bicycle Personal Injury claim and inform you of your rights and responsibilities.