Seattle Bicycle Commuters: Traffic Laws Apply

Biking originated as a recreational activity. Over time in an increasingly congested region, many Puget Sound residents have adopted bicycling as a form of transportation to/from work. The majority of bicyclist commuters abide by the Washington State bike laws, however, there are the few that do not and unfortunately inflict serious personal injury upon innocent bystanders or themselves:

Monday a helmet-less bicyclist ran a red light, leading to a Lexus colliding with him. The young man is now in critical condition at Harborview.

Tuesday another bicyclist ran a red light at Pike Place Market, colliding with a 6-year old boy. The boy sustained serious facial injuries, necessitating his jaw to be wired shut.

Cyclists have all the rights and responsibilities of a vehicle driver when riding on roadways (RCW 46.61.755). To ensure you, fellow cyclists and pedestrians are safe on the roadways, review applicable Washington bike and road laws.

In the event you are injured by a vehicle while riding a bicycle or walking as a pedestrian, and that vehicle has Personal Injury Protection (P.I.P.), you may open a claim to cover your medical bills, lost wages and other incidental expenses. If that vehicle has no P.I.P., but one of your vehicles does, then you may open a P.I.P. with that insurance company.

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