An up and coming commercial litigator in Seattle paid us a real compliment when he hired Myers & Company to represent him. He knew it didn’t make sense to try to handle his own case.
The accident happened when he was riding his bike home from work. A car pulled out in front of him. It was trying to make a U-turn.
The adjuster for the driver took the position that our client was at-fault. She argued that he was a “following driver” and should have been able to stop before hitting the car.
Washington law disfavors U-turns. When U-turns are made drivers must comply with the following requirements:
(1) The driver of any vehicle shall not turn such vehicle so as to proceed in the opposite direction unless such movement can be made in safety and without interfering with other traffic.
(2) No vehicle shall be turned so as to proceed in the opposite direction upon any curve, or upon the approach to or near the crest of a grade, where such vehicle cannot be seen by the driver of any other vehicle approaching from either direction within five hundred feet.
After a flurry of motions we were able to settle the claim against the at-fault driver for her policy limits and recover even more money from the attorney’s UIM carrier. (Yes, UIM applies even if you’re on your bike.)