More Americans than ever have enjoyed getting into bicycling, and Portland is well-known as one of the most bicycle-friendly cities in the United States. Unfortunately, every year, bicyclists become seriously injured or killed in the greater Portland area. According to the National Highway and Transportation Safety Agency, over 800 Americans die in bicycle accidents every year. When a bicycle accident involves a motor vehicle, the bicyclist is more likely to be severely injured due to a lack of external protection. Even the most conscientious and safe bicyclists can become injured by distracted or intoxicated drivers.
Contact an Experienced Portland Bicycle Accident Lawyer
Have you become injured in a Portland bicycle accident? If so, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Under Oregon law, when a negligent driver collides with a bicyclist, the driver is financially responsible for the injuries he or she causes. You may have a right to file a claim for compensation through the at-fault driver’s insurance policy, or you may be entitled to compensation through a personal injury lawsuit.
Bicycle injuries are often life-threatening and can include internal organ damage, internal bleeding, brain inju
ries, and spinal cord damage. All of these injuries can cause permanent damage and result in the need for ongoing medical care. At DuBois Law Group, LLC, our personal injury lawyers have a proven track record of obtaining our clients compensation. We will thoroughly
investigate your claim and advise you as your best legal option. Contact us today to schedule your initial consultation to learn how we can help you pursue the compensation you deserve.
Common Causes of Portland Bicycle Accidents
Even though bicycles account for a small percentage of all types of vehicles, they make up a disproportionate amount of collisions on the road. Unfortunately, no matter how experienced a bicyclist is, he or she is always vulnerable. Accidents can be caused by motor vehicle drivers, other bicyclists, or even pedestrians. Some accidents are the result of dangerous road conditions or debris in the road. In our many years of experience representing bicycle accident victims, we have handled cases involving the following causes of bicycle accidents:
- Poor maintenance of bicycle paths and roads
- Motor Vehicle drivers driving too close to a bicyclist
- Distracted driving
- Reckless driving
- Operating a vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol
Bicycle Accident Caused by Negligent Drivers
Negligent driving is a leading cause of bicycle accidents. Drivers are more distracted than ever, and the temptation to look down and check text messages is constant. In addition to technology distracting drivers, drivers can also become distracted by their passengers, their children, or animals who are in the car with them. Drivers can become extremely fatigued and unable to focus properly on the road in front of them. Bicyclists are much smaller than other motor vehicles, and it is easier for drivers to miss bicyclists.
Defective Bicycle Designs Can Cause Accidents
In other cases, defective bicycles or bicycle parts can cause accidents. Typically, defective parts are most obvious when a bicycle is new. A bicyclist may be trying out a new bicycle for the first time when the brakes fail, and he or she collides with an oncoming vehicle. The bicyclist may have replaced a part in his or her bicycle that ultimately broke down and caused a collision.
When a defective bicycle causes an accident, the bicyclist can typically recover the cost of the bicycle through the
warranty. However, to recover additional damages such as medical expenses, the bicyclist will need to pursue a product liability lawsuit against the bicycle manufacturer or manufacturer of the bicycle part that caused the accident.
Recovering Compensation After a Bicycle Accident
After becoming injured in a bicycle accident, the first place to start is with insurance coverage. Suppose a motor vehicle driver was texting while driving and collided with you. In that case, you have a right to file a claim for compensation through the driver’s auto insurance policy. Oregon drivers are required to carry a minimum amount of auto insurance. Unfortunately, some drivers do not carry any car insurance while driving. In other cases, the driver’s insurance coverage may not be enough to cover all of your medical expenses and lost income.
When insurance coverage does not cover your injuries, you may need to file a personal injury lawsuit in an Oregon court. You will need to prove that the at-fault driver’s negligence caused your personal injuries. Successful personal injury plaintiffs are entitled to economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages include compensation for past and future medical expenses, compensation for past and future lost income due to your injuries, and other expenses directly related to your injuries.
Non-economic damages include damages for the pain and suffering you have undergone as a result of your injuries. When a defendant has acted egregiously, the court may impose additional punitive damages as a way to punish the defendant and warn other people from engaging in similar types of behavior.
We Provide Skilled Legal Representation in Portland Bicycle Accident Cases
At DuBois Law Group, LLC, we work with our clients and financial experts to calculate an accurate amount of the full damages caused by their bicycle accidents. We negotiate assertively during the pretrial process to seek a settlement agreement covering all of our clients’ damages. When a settlement agreement cannot be reached, we proceed to trial. We use our extensive trial skills to advocate for a client in the courtroom.
Free Resources for Bike Accident Victims
We offer the following free resources:
- DO’s and DONT’s after a Portland Bicycle Accident: Learn how to protect your rights
- Bicycle Accident Legal Issues: Problems with Insurance, Dangerous Roads, Defective Bike Parts, Cars in the Bike Lane, etc.
- Bicycle Accident FAQs: How Long You Have to File, What to Do if You Need a Bike Attorney, Getting Compensation
Contact Our Portland Bicycle Accident Lawyers Today
If you have been injured in a bicycle accident in the greater Portland area, you are not alone. The experienced personal injury lawyers that can help you pursue. Whether you are filing an insurance claim through the at-fault driver’s auto insurance or seeking compensation through a civil lawsuit, we can guide you through the process. Contact us today to schedule your initial consultation.