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Bicycle Safety Tips for Motorists in Seattle

Seattle is well-known for being a bike-friendly city. With its beautiful landscapes and extensive network of bike lanes and trails, it’s no wonder why cycling is such a popular mode of transportation in the city.  However, despite the city’s efforts to promote bicycle safety, accidents can still occur. As a motorist, it is crucial to

Safe Bicycle Routes in Washington

Cycling is extremely popular in Washington. In fact, there are hundreds of miles of designated bicycle routes throughout the state! These U.S. bicycle routes are made of interstate long-distance cycling routes along off-road paths, lanes, and the shoulder of low-traffic roads and highways.  These bicycle routes are generally safe and may even pose less risk

What Is Dooring and What Should You Know About It?

Drivers do not always pay proper attention to cyclists on the road. From tailgating to unsafe turns, cyclists are often at risk of serious accidents because of dangerous driver behavior. Even parked cars can be dangerous. When a driver opens his or her door into the path of a cyclist, the consequences can be devastating.

Washington State Bike Laws

As a cyclist, it’s important to be aware of the rules of the road. Knowing and following applicable bike laws can help you stay safe, avoid tickets, and reduce the risk of any accidents.  Like all states, Washington state has several laws that apply to cyclists. Here are the rules that you should know when

What to Do in a Bicycle Hit-and-Run Accident

Cyclists are vulnerable to serious accidents on the road. When a bicycle accident occurs, all parties are required to stop and exchange information—but not some drivers flee the scene, leaving injured cyclists without a means for seeking justice. If you are involved in a bicycle hit-and-run accident, it can be difficult to know what to

What Is a Right Hook Accident?

If you ride a bike in Washington, it is important to stay vigilant. Many types of accidents can occur between a driver and a cyclist, including rear-end accidents, left-cross collisions, and right-hook accidents. Right-hook bicycle accidents can be particularly devastating. In this type of collision, a motorist strikes a cyclist while making a right turn,

Washington Vulnerable User Laws 

Traffic safety is a priority for Washington — especially when it comes to reducing fatalities and injuries among the most vulnerable people on the road. Pedestrians, cyclists, scooter users, and wheelchair users can suffer severe damage during collisions with motor vehicles due to the sheer size and weight difference. The resulting injuries can be even

Washington Bicycle Accident Hotspots 2013-2017 [Interactive Map]

Washington has a reputation for embracing bicycles – a national study has even ranked Washington as the most bicycle-friendly state in the United States for eight years in a row. Although fatalities and serious injury collisions among bicyclists have decreased in recent years, the fact remains that bicycle collisions still occur throughout the state on

Bicycle Helmet Laws in Washington State

Bicycle accidents can lead to severe damage and injury, especially if you are not wearing a helmet at the time. Studies show that wearing a helmet increases cyclist safety significantly, protecting you from severe head trauma and brain injury. However, not all states or municipalities require you to wear a helmet while riding. Do you

Tips for Avoiding Car Accidents in Smoky Conditions

The Seattle area is inundated with smoke from wildfires burning in British Columbia, Oregon, California, and around the state of Washington.  According to Washington State Department of Ecology, the smoke in Seattle and King County is causing unhealthy air quality.  Smoky air conditions not only cause unsafe breathing conditions, but can also cause unsafe driving