Legal Representation After The Death Of A Loved One In A Bike Accident
Riding a bicycle for transportation and recreation is common in Washington, but this does not change the fact that many drivers do not know how to operate their vehicles safely around them. Bicycle accidents are an unfortunate reality in big cities like Seattle and smaller cities like Renton, and often, they cause fatal injuries.
Every death is painful to the ones left behind. To have a loved one taken from your life due to the negligence of another is an act that is so unacceptable it enrages you and leaves you confused and feeling empty. Finding out what happened, and who might be responsible, is something that you, as a survivor, are entitled to know.
If you have lost a loved one in an accident as the result of another’s negligence, the dedicated Seattle personal injury attorneys at Pendergast Law can help you understand your legal rights and options. Call us today for a free consultation at 888-539-9211.
Washington Bicycle Accident Recoveries
- $170,000 recovery for a bicyclist injured when he was struck riding his bicycle.
- $145,000 recovery for a man who received a concussion and skin abrasions when he was knocked off his bicycle by a car making a turn in Kirkland.
What Is ‘Wrongful Death’?
If your loved one has died as a result of a bike accident in Washington that was caused by the negligence of a driver or some other factor not in their control, that is considered “wrongful death.” It is not considered a wrongful death without the presence of negligence. In a wrongful death situation, you, as the spouse, parent, child or another legally recognized heir of the victim, may be entitled to compensation for the pain and suffering experienced as a result.
What Damages May Be Recoverable With A Claim?
Compensatory (or money) damages are those funds that will pay you for medical, funeral and other expenses; loss of income and future income; and loss of companionship and other emotional injury inflicted upon you as a result of the death of your loved one. As long as you can establish that someone’s negligent or reckless actions resulted or contributed to the death of your loved one, compensation may be available.
How Long Do I Have To File A Bike Accident Wrongful Death Lawsuit In Washington?
A “statute of limitations” is the time you have to file a Washington fatal accident claim against the party responsible for your loved one’s fatal Washington bicycle accident. If the negligence of a governmental entity is also involved (for example where the government’s negligence in not properly maintaining the roadways contributed to the bicycle accident) there are other requirements that must be met in addition to the actual statute of limitations, which is three years in Washington.
Failure to file your lawsuit within that time frame, or failure to follow the requirements for making your claim against the government, will prevent you from ever being able to hold those responsible for the wrongful death of your loved one accountable.
If you have suffered the loss of a loved one in a Washington bicycle accident, do not forego your opportunity to seek and obtain compensation from the responsible party. Washington wrongful death lawyer J.P. Pendergast, of Pendergast Law, has the experience, commitment and skill to help you obtain justice for your loss. We cannot return your loved one to you, but we can try and ease the burden you will have to bear alone by making sure you receive fair compensation as you move forward. To speak to one of our attorneys about your situation, call 888-539-9211 for a free consultation.