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Representing injured bicyclists statewide and helping make our streets safer for everyone.

Whether you've been doored, T-boned, rear-ended, right-hooked, left-hooked or even thrown from your bike by a road not fit for ordinary travel, the lawyers at Washington Bike Law have the experience to help.

If you were injured in a bicycle accident in Washington State, contact the bike attorneys who are committed cyclists themselves. They understand what you are going through and are motivated to help.

 

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Can Bike Lawyers Help?

If you or someone you love has been injured on a bicycle, you've got a lot to deal with, starting with physically recovering. But there's much more to a bike crash than just getting the medical treatment you need to get better, like:

  • sorting out what insurance should pay the medical bills;
  • making sure the insurer that is supposed to pay actually pays bills in a timely way;
  • preventing or responding to improper insurance company communications with medical providers;
  • helping resolve property damage claims including loss of use;
  • explaining available insurance coverage to medical providers reluctant to provide necessary care;
  • helping correct the "insult to injury" of improper traffic tickets from police officers confused by the rules of the road for bicycles;
  • resolving liability disputes through negotiation and alternative dispute resolution with or without filing a lawsuit;
  • evaluating the reasonable value of a bike crash claim;
  • negotiating to obtain the maximum settlement value;
  • resolving unpaid medical bills and insurance company subrogation and lien claims;
  • preventing or resolving bills that have gone into to collections;
  • proving liability and damages if litigation is required; and
  • appellate advocacy if a judgment is appealed.





"Bob is all about cyclist' rights and cyclists' empowerment," [community activist, cycling organizer and now bike shop owner Davey] Oil says, and that has gone a long way towards cementing Anderton's place as Seattle's premier bike lawyer.

— From the December 2008 Profile in the King County Bar Association's Bar Bulletin




Bob is Peer Review Rated by Martindale-HubbellAV® Preeminent™ 5 out of 5

Bob has the highest possible ratings for:

· Legal Knowledge;
· Analytical Capabilities;
· Judgment; and
· Communication Ability



AV® Preeminent™(4.5-5.0) is a significant rating accomplishment - a testament to the fact that a lawyer's peers rank him or her at the highest level of professional excellence.





Unparalleled Legal Representation Of Individual Bicyclists

Washington Bike Law's lawyers provide experienced trial court and appellate-level legal advocacy. Washington Bike Law's attorneys have the courtroom credibility to resolve most cases without filing a lawsuit. If litigation is required, Washington Bike Law has the financial resources to keep fighting until justice is achieved.

Seattle bike attorney Bob Anderton on his morning bicycle commute to the office. In law school, Washington Bike Law's founding attorney Bob Anderton planned to do pure public interest law work. But in 1992 Bob had the opportunity to work with acclaimed trial lawyer Tom Chambers nd began representing catastrophically injured people and their families. Tom Chambers served as the President of the Washington State Bar Association and, in 2000, became a Washington State Supreme Court Justice until he retired in 2012.

After learning the best practices in the profession, Bob Anderton started Anderton Law Office. The phrase "bike law" did not exist then, but Bob had always been a bicyclist and found that he really enjoyed representing bike people.

Without ad campaigns or even a business plan, bicyclists gradually became the majority of Bob's clients. Bob advocates for individual clients and provides pro bono advocacy for bicycling and safer streets.

Seattle bicycle attorney John McHale in a bike race.

Attorney John McHale has been practicing law for over twenty years and has extensive trial and appellate advocacy experience in both State and Federal Courts.

John loves riding bikes. John was a daily bike commuter before he became a lawyer and is still a daily bike commuter. John races road and cyclocross.





AVVO rates Bob as a on a scale of 1 to 10 for experience, industry recognition and professional conduct.

Bob Anderton of Washington Bike Law has an AVVO rating of 10 Superb, and 6 referenced reviews there from satisfied bicycle accident litigation clients.

Member of National Trial Lawyers' Top 100 Trial Lawyers

Seatttle top bicycle injury accident trial settlement lawyer in the USA.




Free Consultations. Realistic Feedback.



Washington Bike Law provides free consultations and realistic feedback regarding whether it makes sense to hire a lawyer in your particular situation. Over the years, they've helped hundreds of people who didn't require formal legal representation.

The attorneys at Washington Bike Law have also seen many bicyclist who didn't think they needed a lawyer whose situations kept getting worse and worse without representation. They helped them, but could have provided more help had they been retained earlier.

Washington Bike Law provides free consultations and realistic feedback regarding whether it makes sense to hire a lawyer in your particular situation. Over the years, they've helped hundreds of people who didn't require formal legal representation.

The attorneys at Washington Bike Law have also seen many bicyclists who didn't think they needed a lawyer whose situations kept getting worse and worse without representation. They helped them, but could have provided more help had they been retained earlier.

Getting a free consultation early on is an easy way to protect yourself.

While Washington Bike Law's lawyers often provide injured bicyclists with free legal advice, other times they take cases through trial or on to the appellate level. While some cases go on for years, most cases are resolved before trial.

Washington Bike Law's experience and track record can help bicyclists resolve their cases fairly and with a minimum of hassle. The bike attorneys at Washington Bike Law understand what it is like to be a bicyclist on Seattle streets and have ridden on roads across Washington State. They've been injured themselves and they know how to help when you've been injured on your bike.

Some personal injury lawyers only take cases involving catastrophic injuries. Washington Bike Law focuses on bike law, regardless of the value of a claim. Washington Bike Law will represent an injured bicyclist whenever its lawyers believe that legal representation is in that person's best interest.





A long time bike commuter himself, Anderton is Seattle's premier bike lawyer who represents cyclists in and around Seattle.

— Anne-Marije Rook, now Communications Director of Cascade Bicycle Club, when she was the Riding Reporter, Ballard News Tribune Vol. 119 No. 40 (October 7, 2011)

Washington Bike Law is different.

Bob Anderton represented multiple bicyclists injured on a dangerous diagonal railroad crossing under the Ballard Bridge in Seattle (Burke-Gilman's Missing Link) beginning in 2001 and tried to resolve the issues without a lawsuit. (Ballard News-Tribune)

The City refused to resolve the claims out of court and in 2004 Anderton Law Office obtained the first verdict against the City of Seattle for its negligence there (King Case No. 03-2-27338-4SEA).

Washington Bike Law works to eliminate wheel-swallowing parallel drain grates like this.

Seattle bicycle law storm grates dangerous to bike riders

Several clients offered to settle their injury claims for no money or attorney's fees if the City of Seattle agreed to inventory and replace these grates (Seattle PI).

The City refused and fought the claims instead. The City argued that bicycling is merely recreational and that it had no duty to replace the grates or even to know where they were. It lost those arguments in court.

Years later, as Bob Anderton suggested, the City began inventorying and replacing the grates (Seattle PI).

For five years Washington Bike Law investigated, attempted negotiations, and then litigated claims against the City of Seattle on behalf of some of the many bicyclists who have been injured on the South Lake Union Streetcar tracks. (Seattle PI News Coverage) , (KOMO News coverage)

In response, when the City expanded the streetcar system, rather than creating another area "fatally flawed for bicyclists," it chose to improve conditions for bicycling, including a physically-separated bikeway, bike lanes, and "bike friendly" drainage grates. (City of Seattle)

Washington Bike Law's commitment to these types of cases does more than compensate individual injured bicyclists; it helps make our roadways safer for everyone.

For a free consultation, call (206) 262-9290 or email info@washingtonbikelaw.com.

Washington Bike Law has a record of success in helping make Seattle and other cities in Washington safer for bicyclists.




Washington Bike Law awarded as a Gold Bike Friendly Business, from the League of American Bicyclists, first law firm to get this award.



Cascade Biz Cycle bicycle friendly business program recognized



Bob Anderton is a member of Public Justice Foundation,