Bicycle Accidents and Hiring a Portland Bicycle Injury Attorney
Does DuBois Law Group specialize in Portland bicycle accidents?
YES. We both ride bicycles with our families frequently and therefore have a passion for cycling and for bicycle law that inspires us to protect the rights of Oregon bicyclists. We try to help as many Portland bicyclists as possible, either through representation or just giving out good information.
What do you charge to handle a Portland bicycle injury accident case?
At our firm, you have two options:
- You can pay us hourly, and pay us a retainer up front.
- You can choose to sign a Contingency Fee Agreement. If you decide to use a contingency fee agreement, you agree to pay us 1/3 of your settlement amount, which is the industry standard. There are several advantages to this fee agreement:
There are no fees, costs, or payments needed in advance.
We are motivated to get you the best results possible.
Are there any up front costs? Is it expensive to file a bicycle accident lawsuit?
There are no up front costs if you sign the contingency fee agreement. All costs are advanced to you by our firm and then reimbursed to us from your settlement. There are no hidden fees, no advanced payments, and no money out of your pocket.
What should I do after a Portland bicycle injury?
After a Portland bicycle accident, we suggest doing three things:
- Seek medical treatment
- Do NOT give a recorded statement or sign a release for the insurance company.
- Contact a Portland bicycle accident attorney for a case evaluation.
Does DuBois Law Group offer free consultations?
YES. If you call our office ((503) 222-4411) you will be able to fill out a short questionnaire over the phone about your accident and injuries. If your case meets our criteria, we will schedule an appointment for you to come in, meet our team, and discuss your case with us – at no cost to you.
How do I know if I have a good bicycle accident claim?
Call our office or fill out our online accident case webform. We will contact you to discuss your case. Remember, our case consultations are always free.
Do I need a Portland bicycle accident lawyer?
In most cases yes, because:
- A bike accident claim can be time consuming and stressful to handle yourself, so letting professionals take over can save you a lot of frustration.
- A lawyer will be familiar with laws, precedents, and procedures that you will not be familiar with.
- A claim can be expensive, and a law firm can advance your costs so that you do not need to pay anything out of pocket, which can be a good thing if you are struggling with everyday bills.
If you have a smaller claim, you might not need an attorney. But it can be difficult to determine if you have a claim without help, so we encourage you to call our office with any questions.
I ride my bicycle everywhere, so I don’t have auto insurance. Can I still get compensated?
You should be able to receive compensation from the insurance company of the person who hit you.
Can I receive compensation if the driver never actually hit me?
Cases like this can be difficult to prove, but if you can show that the driver’s negligence resulted in your accident and injuries, you may be able to receive compensation through the driver’s insurance.
What if the driver did not have insurance?
If you were hit by a driver who did not have insurance, you may still be able to receive a settlement through your own auto insurance. This option is available through your uninsured motorist coverage, a type of coverage required for all drivers in Oregon.
I have auto insurance, but does my own Personal Injury Protection cover my bike accident?
Yes, personal injury protection (PIP) should cover your bicycle accident. In fact, PIP even covers lost wages, in addition to medical expenses (unlike health insurance). Just remember, however that you have a limited amount of PIP coverage that may not cover all your losses.
How long does it take to settle a bicycle accident claim?
The amount of time to reach a settlement varies greatly by each case. We made a video to answer this exact question, but the answer is that the average Oregon personal injury claim takes anywhere from a few months to a couple years to settle – and depends a lot on how long it takes the injured person to reach a medically stable state.