Seattle Bike Accident Kills U. Washington Researcher

The seattletimes.com website reported in an account on February 6, 2009 that Kevin Black, 39, was struck by a vehicle while riding his bike and died from his injuries. Black was a University of Washington molecular neurobiologist. Black’s research looked at molecules that create electrical signals in the brain. According to police reports, Black was on 24th Avenue Northwest near Northwest 64th street in north Ballard when the bicycle accident in Washington occurred. Black then attempted to pass a van on its left side when the van turned striking Black. He was taken to Harborview Medical Center where he later died.

Bryan Black, brother, said, “He was the most incredible human being you’d ever want to know.”

Words of kindness and admiration were shared between friends and family at a vigil at the site of the accident. Black was a father of two daughters ages 13 and 10.

Bryan Black was on his brother’s bike, and led a procession of 30 or more bicyclists who made a short memorial ride.

Every six hours a bicyclist is fatally injured in America. Head injuries account for seventy-five percent of all serious injuries and deaths from bicycle accidents. Negligent drivers are a major factor in bicycle accidents. If a driver makes a turn, pulls out of a driveway or alley, or opens a car door without being observant, they are putting bicyclists in danger. Injuries sustained to bicyclists may be fatal because of the lack of protection that a bicycle provides. There is no competition between a bicycle and a vehicle that weighs thousands of pounds. Drivers must be held accountable for the injuries that they cause when a car accident in Seattle occurs.

If you have been involved in a serious bicycle accident in Washington, the Bernard Law Group can help you during this most difficult time. Please call 1-800-418-8282 for a free consultation with on of our top Seattle personal injury attorneys.