Types of Bicycle Accident Cases We Handle in Beaverton
At the Johnston Law Firm, we represent injured bicyclists in many different types of bike accident cases, including but not limited to the following:
- Collisions with cars, SUVs, or pickup trucks;
- Crashes involving large trucks or big rigs;
- Bicycle and motorcycle collisions;
- Hazardous road crashes; and
- Inclement weather accidents.
What Causes Bicycle Crashes in Beaverton?
There are many different causes of bicycle crashes in and around Beaverton. The following are just some of the reasons that bike accidents happen in Beaverton and across Oregon:
- Negligent motorists engaged in distracted driving, aggressive driving, fatigued driving, or intoxicated driving;
- Bicycle defects; and
- Road hazards, such as debris or unrepaired potholes.
Common Types of Injuries in Beaverton Bicycle Crashes
In Beaverton, bicyclists who are involved in crashes can sustain a wide range of injuries that can vary significantly in terms of severity. Common types of bicycle accident injuries in Beaverton include but are not limited to:
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs);
- Road rash, which can be severe;
- Burn injuries;
- Cuts and lacerations;
- Sprains, strains, and other soft tissue injuries;
- Bone fractures;
- Back and neck injuries, including spinal cord injuries (SCIs); and
- Internal bleeding and organ damage.
Seeking Compensation Through Your PIP Coverage After a Beaverton Bicycle Accident
After a bicycle crash in Beaverton, you may be eligible to seek compensation initially through your own personal injury protection (PIP) coverage that you would rely on in the event you were injured as an occupant of a motor vehicle. Indeed, this coverage may be able to compensate you for medical bills and lost wages after a bicycle accident.
If you do not have PIP coverage because you rely solely on your bicycle for transportation, or if your PIP coverage is insufficient to cover your losses, you could be eligible to file a lawsuit against the party who was responsible for the accident in which you were injured. Liability in a bike crash will depend on the facts of the case and the case and the cause of the accident, but the following are parties who are frequently responsible for bike accidents and injuries:
- Car or truck drivers who were negligent;
- Motorcyclists who were negligent;
- Property owners who negligently maintained a road or bike path or other premises; or
- Designer or manufacturer of a defective bike part or a defective vehicle part (if the defect caused the crash).
What You Should Do After a Beaverton Bicycle Crash
What steps should you take after bicycle or pedestrian accidents happen to preserve your rights and eligibility to seek compensation? Consider the following:
- Report the accident by calling 911 immediately after the crash or by filing an accident report;
- Gather evidence at the accident scene, including photos and witness information;
- Get a medical assessment as soon as possible; and
- Contact a Beaverton bicycle accident lawyer for help seeking compensation.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About Beaverton Bicycle Injuries and Claims
Our firm receives a wide range of questions about car accidents involving bicycles in Beaverton. We know it can be difficult to understand your options for compensation and how different types of claims processes work, but it will be worth it. The compensation that you are given is to help with medical expenses, bicycle replacement, and more. The following are some frequently asked questions our firm hears, along with our answers:
- What is the statute of limitations in a bicycle accident case in Beaverton? Under Oregon law, most bicycle accident lawsuits will need to be filed within two years from the date of the crash.
- Can my damages award be reduced if I am not wearing a helmet? In Oregon, bicyclists under the age of 16 must wear a bicycle helmet. Although helmers are not required for older riders, they can significantly reduce the likelihood of a concussion or a more severe traumatic brain injury. Accordingly, an insurance company or the at-fault driver could argue that you are partially at fault for your injuries and that your compensation should be reduced based on Oregon’s comparative negligence law.
- Can I seek compensation if I was injured by an uninsured driver? If you have PIP coverage as a motorist, you can seek compensation through your own insurance coverage. Even if you are not a driver and do not have PIP coverage, it is possible that a party other than the uninsured driver was also responsible for your bike accident, and you could be eligible to file a claim against that party to seek compensation.
Contact Our Beaverton Bicycle Accident Attorneys Today
When a bicycle accident happens in Beaverton, it is critical to get in touch with our experienced Beaverton bicycle accident attorney at the Johnston Law Firm to learn more about how to seek financial compensation. Collisions involving bicyclists can have many different causes in Oregon, and more than one party could be liable for a bicyclist’s injuries. In order to determine who is responsible for your injuries, it is important to talk with an advocate at our firm who can evaluate your case and provide you with more information about moving forward with an insurance claim or a lawsuit. Contact the Johnston Law Firm today for more information about how we assist injured people and their families with bicycle accident claims in Oregon.
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