Riding a Bicycle in Washington -- Rights, Duties, Hazards, and Plaintiff Strategies

Published by Washington State Association for Justice


Each year, more and more people are bike commuting and riding bikes for health and for fun. Despite improvements in cycling infrastructure across Washington, many cyclists still end up crashing due to unsafe streets and sidewalks or getting hit by inattentive drivers. If you are representing an injured bicyclist in Washington State, this Washington-specific webinar will provide the specialized knowledge and information you need to navigate a bicycle personal injury case. Course content includes the following topics:
• Bicycling requirements including lights, helmets, brakes and other equipment
• Cyclist's rights on the roadway, sidewalks, crosswalks and trails
• Liability issues with speed, lookout and braking
• Common collision scenarios including right-hook, left-hook, passing and rear-end collisions
• Insurance issues in bicycling cases
• Product liability suits
• Suits against municipalities

Stacie Bain
Stacie Bain is a bike lawyer who practices in Seattle and Spokane, Washington. Ms. Bain has over twenty-seven years of experience riding bikes including working as a bike messenger, racing road and mountain bikes, bike commuting year-round, riding...More
Keith Kessler
Keith L. Kessler is a plaintiff’s personal injury attorney with the Hoquiam and Seattle law firm of Stritmatter Kessler Koehler Moore. Over the past 38 years, Mr. Kessler has focused on highway design and product liability cases.


Originally Published

November 29, 2016

Program Titles and Supporting Materials

This program contains the following components:

  • Riding a Bicycle in Washington -- Rights, Duties, Hazards, and Plaintiff Strategies - Video
  • Riding a Bicycle in Washington -- Rights, Duties, Hazards, and Plaintiff Strategies - Slide Deck
  • Riding a Bicycle in Washington -- Rights, Duties, Hazards, and Plaintiff Strategies - Paper

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Join the self-paced program from your office, home, or hotel room using a computer and high speed internet connection. You may start and stop the program at your convenience, continue where you left off, and review supporting materials as often as you like. Please note: Internet Explorer is no longer a supported browser. We recommend using Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox or Safari for best results.

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You may access this course on a computer or mobile device with high speed internet (iPhones require iOS 10 or higher). Recommended browsers are Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox.


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