When you are traveling by foot or bicycle, you have certain responsibilities that you need to fulfill in order to reduce the risk of accidents. But, just as important, motorists have to respect the rights of pedestrians and bicyclists.
Seattle, WA (PRWEB) July 15, 2011
Veteran Washington personal injury attorney Dean Brett said this week that he strongly supports a new educational campaign by the Spokane Regional Health District that is aimed at cutting down on collisions between motorists and pedestrians or bicyclists.
The campaign, called “Stickman Knows,” will use a website, TV commercials, bus signs, print advertisements, promotional items and community events to educate Spokane residents on the roles they can play in preventing traffic-related accidents, injuries and deaths, such as knowing when to grant the right of way.
“When people don’t understand the rules of the road, or when they choose to simply ignore them, it places everyone at the risk of suffering a serious or fatal injury,” said Brett, a partner of Brett Murphy, which represents pedestrian accident and bicycle accident victims and their families throughout the state of Washington in personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits.
“This campaign could be highly effective because it could open people’s eyes to the reasons why accidents occur and remind them of their rights and duties when it comes to safe transportation,” the Washington injury lawyer said.
According to a news release announcing the campaign’s launch, an average of 20 pedestrians and bicyclists are struck by motorists every month in Spokane County. Between 2006 and 2009, the release states, there were 997 pedestrian and bicyclist collisions in Spokane, with 11 percent resulting in serious injury and 3 percent causing deaths.
Stickman Knows will inform Spokane pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists that the leading causes of catastrophic and fatal accidents include:
- Pedestrians failing to cross a street at a crosswalk or at an intersection;
- Bicyclists failing to yield to cars, trucks and motorcycles or biking on the wrong side of the road; and
- Motorists failing to grant the right of way to pedestrians or bicyclists or simply not paying attention to their presence.
The campaign will provide safety tips, such as encouraging pedestrians to cross at corners or crosswalks and to look for traffic, and reminding bicyclists to obey traffic laws and wear visible clothing.
“When you are traveling by foot or bicycle, you have certain responsibilities that you need to fulfill in order to reduce the risk of accidents,” Brett said. “But, just as important, motorists have to respect the rights of pedestrians and bicyclists. When they fail to do that, motorists need to be held accountable, and their victims need to be compensated.”
Brett pointed out that his law firm’s website, http://www.washingtoninjury.com, provides valuable information to Washington accident and injury victims and their loved ones about personal injury and wrongful death claims and dealing with insurance companies, including content and video that answers frequently asked questions.
“When a terrible accident happens, we know that we can’t undo the pain and loss, but through the legal system, we can protect the rights of negligence victims and, in doing so, we can make their community a safer place,” Brett said.
About Brett Murphy
Brett Murphy, Washington’s Injury Lawyers, is a Washington personal injury law firm with offices in Seattle, Tacoma, Bellingham and Spokane. The firm represents car accident victims, including those injured in DUI/DWI accidents, and other personal injury victims throughout the state of Washington. The firm’s practice areas also include motorcycle accidents, bicycle accidents, pedestrian accidents, boating accidents, construction accidents, railroad collisions and aviation crashes. For more information, call the firm at (800) 925-1875 or use its online contact form.