We Handle a Full Range of Bicycle Accident Injury Claims
We represent clients who have been injured in a broad spectrum of circumstances involving bicycles. Whether you have been hit by a truck, car, motorcycle or another motor vehicle, we invite you to reach out to our experienced team. We also represent the surviving families of bicyclists killed in fatal accidents.
Common Causes of Bicycle Accidents In Eugene
In order to protect themselves, it is important for bicyclists in our area to be aware of how crashes and collisions typically happen. Common ways these accidents typically happen include:
What Causes Bike Accidents in Eugene?
- Careless drivers: Negligent, or careless, drivers are by far the main cause of bike accidents in Eugene. Motorists who do not properly check their blind spots or who do not pay proper attention to the road can easily cause a crash. Sometimes, bike accidents are caused by the intentional actions of the driver, such as speeding or impaired driving. Drivers are usually aware of these bad behaviors so they are not negligent, but they can still be held liable for their reckless actions.
- Poor road conditions: Even though Eugene is known for its cyclist-friendly bike paths and lanes, there are still times when poor road conditions cause a collision between a bike and a car. Potholes, gravel roads, and uneven road surfaces are just a few examples of improperly maintained roads that are extremely dangerous for cyclists who are riding a bike that is not as stable as other vehicles.
- Crashing into fixed objects: There are many reasons cyclists crash into fixed objects but these accidents are usually caused by the negligent actions of another party. Debris on roadways can cause a cyclist to crash unexpectedly and when motorists open the door of their parked vehicles into the path of an oncoming cyclist, it can result in a dooring accident.
Important Steps to Take After a
Bike Accident in Eugene
Even the most cautious and experienced cyclists can find themselves involved in a bicycle accident in Portland. Despite wearing a helmet and taking other precautions, serious and potentially life-threatening injuries may occur as a result. What do you need to know and do following a bicycle accident?
- Seek medical attention: If an ambulance visits the accident scene, ask the paramedics to examine you and treat any immediate injuries. If an ambulance is not called to the scene, visit an emergency room as you leave the scene to receive treatment for your injuries. This is a crucial step even if you think your injuries are minor, or you believe you did not sustain any at all.
- Report the accident: You likely sustained serious injuries during the crash and so, by law, you are required to report the accident. Wait for police to arrive on the scene so you can provide them with a statement they can include in their police report.
- Take notes: As soon as possible after an accident, write down anything you remember about the accident. Include a description of the driver who hit you, a description of the vehicle, the driver’s license plate number, and the date, time, and location of the crash.
- Collect evidence: If you are able to, take photographs of the accident scene as a whole, damage to any vehicles involved, and your injuries. Video footage can also help capture the entire accident scene. If anyone saw your accident, locate them and ask for their contact information, as eyewitness statements can provide strong evidence in your case.
- Obtain a copy of the police report: The police report written at the scene of the accident will be available to you in the days following the accident. You should obtain a copy of this report, as it can indicate which party was negligent, which can help strengthen your case.
Depending on the circumstances, you may be able to seek compensation through the at-fault driver’s insurer. Before making any statements or accepting any settlements, speak with our Portland bicycle accident attorneys. It is not uncommon for insurers to either deny or downplay claims. We aggressively negotiate with these companies on your behalf to ensure you get the maximum amount you deserve.
If your injuries are severe or the driver is uninsured, we can guide you in filing a personal injury lawsuit against them. Under the Oregon Revised Statutes, damages you may be entitled to include coverage of current and future medical expenses, reimbursement for lost wages and future losses in earnings, and compensation for the pain and suffering your bike accident causes.
Extra Precaution and Protection for Cyclists
When it comes to crashes and collisions, Oregon is one of the most deadly states for bicyclists. An average of one fatal bike accident happens per month while dozens of other victims suffer serious personal injuries.
With all the bikes on the road, cars need to be extremely attentive, check their blind spots before making any turns or changing lanes, be observant of bike lanes and remember that cyclists share the road with the same rights and privileges as motor vehicle drivers. That being said, to protect yourself, it is important to be aware of factors that put you at risk:
- Lack of safety precautions: Not wearing a helmet, not properly maintaining your bicycle, and not riding in designated bike lanes increase the likelihood of bike accidents and injuries.
- Dangerous roads: Riding in road construction areas, places where there are a lack of traffic signals, and in sections of the city that experience heavy traffic increase the odds a bike accident will happen.
- Reckless drivers: Always be on the lookout for motorists engaged in dangerous behaviors such as speeding, running red lights, and driving while impaired.
Regardless of the factors involved in a bicycle accident, our aim is to develop the strongest case we can based on our knowledge of the law and its application to the facts of our clients’ cases. To do this we use years of successful trial results, and the experience we have gained in handling more than 1000 personal injury cases.
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