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Bike Accident Lawyers

Bike Accidents

Client Lan Remme was an avid cyclist injured due to governmental negligence.

Our Seattle bicycle injury lawyers have obtained record breaking settlements/verdicts on behalf of our clients. When a cyclist is involved in an accident, the injuries are often more serious and often include spinal cord injuries and/or brain injuries. Unlike a driver, the bicyclist does not have all of that metal as protection.  A seriously injured cyclist should treat the accident just like it was a car-only accident. Get the insurance information and drivers license of all of the parties involved. Then, consult with an attorney who has solid experience in representing injured cyclists.

The bike injury accident lawyers at SKW have helped countless injured cyclists. One of our recent, high profile cases include Gendler, where our attorneys represented a cyclist who was injured on the Montlake Bridge.

Despite clear information that the Montlake Bridge posed a serious risk to cyclists, Washington State did nothing. As a result, Mr. Gendler seriously injured himself on a bicycle and is now a quadriplegic. More about the Gendler case.

SKW maintains a website and blog devoted to bicycle injuries/accidents, which we encourage you to visit.

Representative Cases

Below is a small sample of our firm's many successful bike accident cases throughout Washington State.

  • Remme v. State of Washington and City of Seattle -- ($4,000,000) WSDOT Bridge Inspectors photo-documented and reported a 2-inch vertical change between concrete sidewalk panels, calling it a Priority One “tripping hazard”. After assigning it a repair number, WSDOT did nothing else. One year later, on April 2, 2011, Lan Remme rode his bicycle onto this Montlake Bridge sidewalk, traveling at 5 mph. According to an eyewitness, at the very point of the 2-inch “tripping hazard”, his front wheel abruptly stopped, pitching him over the handlebars. His helmeted head struck the sidewalk, and he was left motionless. Lan is now an incomplete quadriplegia and suffered serious nijuries including right sinus and orbital facial fractures.
  • Gendler v. State of Washington - ($8,000,000) Cyclist sustained catastrophic injuries on the Montlake Bridge. WSDOT had known for years that the surface of the bridge was unsafe and posed a threat of injury to cyclists.
  • LaMacchia v. Williamson – $450,000 settlement for an injured cyclist. A M.D./Ph.D. student, sustained serious injuries, including a traumatic brain injury as a result of a driver making an illegal left turn into the cyclist.
  • Wade v. Pierce County – $1,250,000 settlement in 2006 for death of a 12-year-old boy, when struck by a police vehicle while on his bicycle.
  • Witt v. Hutton – a $600,000 settlement (policy limits) in 2001 for a woman bicyclist with a head injury from being hit by a vehicle.
  • Lewis v. Hartford – $385,000 settlement in 1986 for head injury in car/bicycle collision.
  • Foster v. Bylund – verdict for $60,000 in Grays Harbor County Superior Court, 1971. Was largest personal injury jury award in Grays Harbor County history at that time. Leg injury to 12-year-old bicyclist.