Between 2010 and 2012, the number of cyclists killed in motor vehicle accidents rose to 16 percent. A majority of those fatalities were suffered by males riding without helmets – 28 percent of whom were intoxicated at the time of their accident. Of all fatal bicycle accidents in 2012, only 17 percent involved cyclists wearing helmets.
Helmets save lives. They also help prevent brain injury when accidents occur. Brain injury can have far-reaching physical, emotional, and financial consequences, and when it results from personal choices such as failure to wear a helmet, winning damages can prove difficult. Regardless of circumstances, you will need an experienced Seattle brain injury attorney on your side as soon as possible to protect your rights.
There is no state-wide law in Washington regarding helmet use while riding a bicycle. However, several cities and counties do require helmets be worn when cycling. It is important to remember that failure to adhere to local ordinances may have legal consequences, but will not necessarily prohibit seeking compensation for damages. The best way to determine if you have cause to file suit is through a one-on-one consultation with Seattle brain injury lawyer Stephen Hornbuckle.
If you are in need of a brain injury attorney in Seattle, Tacoma, or surrounding areas, please contact the Hornbuckle Firm today to schedule a free case evaluation.
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