Serving the regions of Vancouver, WA, and Portland, OR, Harlan Law is an established law group dedicated to defending the rights of victims involved in bicycle accidents.
The Harsh Reality of Bicycle Accidents
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) statistics indicate that two percent of traffic-related fatalities stem from bicycle accidents. Further data demonstrates that in the cases of collisions involving bicycles and motor vehicles, the motor vehicle driver is typically the one to receive a citation. As experienced Vancouver bicycle accident attorneys, we urge you to contact law enforcement and have an accident report completed should you find yourself involved in such an incident.
Understanding Personal Injury and Its Impact
Hospital records reveal that only a fraction of bicycle crashes resulting in injuries are reported to the authorities. Moreover, data from the National Safety Council indicates that reported bicycle accidents have increased by 9 percent from 2001 to 2011, and a further 9 percent increase was observed in bicyclist fatalities from 2011 to 2013.
Road Hazards and Their Consequences
When analyzing the NHTSA statistics in greater detail, it is evident that one of every three bicycle accidents involves a driver or cyclist with a blood-alcohol level of .08 or higher. Approximately 22 percent of bicycle crashes that led to fatalities occurred between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m., and a significant 68 percent of bicycle-related fatalities were in urban areas, where road hazards are often present.
Your Right to Claim Compensation
If you are a bicycle rider injured due to a driver's negligence or wrongful action, you have the right to file injury claims. Our dedicated team of personal injury lawyers is here to help.
Pain and Damages: The Aftermath of Accidents
Bicycle accidents can result in a wide range of damages, including but not limited to:
- Medical expenses
- Loss of wages
- Pain and suffering
- Property damages
- Permanent scarring and disfigurement
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Loss of consortium
Fighting for Bicyclists: The Role of an Attorney
Our law office in the Portland/Vancouver metro area is ready to assist if a bicycle accident has left you with injuries and damages. We advise you to schedule a free initial consultation today with Harlan Law Firm to discuss your case and the potential for compensation.
Protecting the Bike Community
Our firm is equipped to deal with various cases, and we pride ourselves on our commitment to securing disability benefits and fighting for the rights of injured bicyclists.
Bicycle Accident Lawyer: Your Ally
Moreover, we understand the intricacies of Washington laws and how they apply to bicycle accidents. Whether it's dealing with insurance companies, working to secure the best settlement, or providing other legal services, we put your interests first. Don't hesitate to contact us and send a message.
Injuries from bicycle accidents can be life-altering. Trust in the Harlan Law team to ensure your rights are protected, and your needs are met. Let us do the work so that you can focus on your recovery.