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Portland Bicycle Accident Attorney

A bicycle accident can happen in an instant, but the effects can last a lifetime. At Johnston Law Firm, P.C., we understand how devastating a serious bicycle injury can be for a cyclist and his or her family. If you have been seriously injured in a bicycle accident, you probably have questions about who is going to pay your medical bills and lost wages in addition to how you can be compensated for your pain and suffering. Our Portland, Oregon, law firm has a proven and winning track record for representing bicyclists against the drivers who injure them.

Motorists have insurance to compensate the bicyclists they injure. While nothing can take the injury away, working with a Portland bicycle accident lawyer is the best way to gain full and fair compensation for the harm you have experienced.

The Johnston Law Firm is widely respected for negotiating excellent settlements on behalf of our injured clients. If the insurance company will not offer you fair compensation for your injuries and damages, we will pursue your rights by filing a lawsuit against the driver who injured you. Damages compensate injury victims for medical expenses, lost wages (including future lost wages), pain and emotional trauma, and future medical care. We pursue these damages forcefully on our clients’ behalf. Contact us today. Do not make any of the common personal injury case mistakes.

Skilled, Knowledgeable and Diligent Advocacy

We represent clients who have been injured in a broad spectrum of circumstances, including bike accidents, car accidents, truck accidents and other accidents that were not their fault. We also represent the surviving families of people killed in fatal accidents of all kinds.

If our Portland personal injury law firm takes your case, attorney Marc A. Johnston will begin an immediate investigation into the cause of your accident. Sometimes important factors are not obvious until the investigation begins. For example, dangerous and defective roads may also be to blame, and the actions of drunk drivers can often be linked to bicycle accidents.

Portland is home to the most bike riders per capita and the most bike commuters (6 percent of commuters) than any other city in country.

Common Causes of Bicycle Accidents In Portland

While Portland has an active, engaged cycling community, bicycle accidents are unfortunately common. Serious and potentially life-threatening injuries often occur as a result. In order to protect themselves, it is important for bicyclists in our area to be aware of how crashes and collisions typically happen. 

How Do Bicycle Accidents Happen?

Traffic accident rates continue to climb in the Portland area and bicyclists are among the road users most at risk. As bikes offer little in the way of personal protection, bicycle accident injuries are often severe. According to surveys conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), common ways these accidents typically happen include: 

  1. Crashes and Collisions Involving Automobiles

This is by far the most common cause of bicycle accidents in Portland. Reckless driving behaviors on the part of motorists are generally to blame. These include: 

  • Speeding and going too fast for conditions;
  • Failing to yield for bicyclists at stop signs and other traffic signals;
  • Tailgating, improper passing, and other aggressive driving behaviors;
  • Distracted driving, which can cause motorists to veer into bike lanes;
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or medications. 

To protect themselves, it is important for Portland bicyclists to drive defensively. Do not automatically assume other drivers see you or will stop at intersections. Pay close attention when riding, wear light, bright colors to increase visibility, and use a helmet to reduce your risks of serious injuries.  

  1. Dangerous Road Conditions

Poor infrastructure and a general lack of proper repair or maintenance is the second most common cause of bicycle accidents. This often includes: 

  • Uneven road surfaces;
  • Gravel roads and sections with numerous potholes;
  • Lack of bicycle lanes;
  • Lack of traffic signs and signals. 

The City of Portland recently shared results of a study on road factors and bicycle safety that emphasizes the importance of addressing these types of issues. While the city focuses on making improvements, bicyclists need to take extra care in choosing which route they travel. Picking areas that have established bike lanes, clearly marked signs, and other updates can help to reduce bicycle accident risks. 

  1. Crashes Involving Fixed Objects  

Debris on roadways and general lack of maintenance often require bicyclists to swerve unexpectedly, increasing the risks of bicycle accidents involving fixed objects. In Portland, one of the most common collisions is with car doors. When drivers pull over for on-street parking, many attempt to exit their vehicles without looking first. To avoid serious injuries, bicyclists should use extra caution in these areas.   

Extra Precaution and Protection for Cyclists

With all the bikes on 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.

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 800 personal injury cases.

In pursuit of the best possible results for our bicycle accident cases, we partner with Portland and Oregon bicycle advocacy organizations, including:

Contact an Experienced Bicycle Injury Lawyer

When crashes or collisions happen due to any of the above, victims have the right to seek compensation for the damages they suffer in a bicycle accident claim.  In this situation, you can count on the Johnston Law Firm P.C. to provide the trusted legal guidance and professional representation you need. Call (503) 546-3167 or contact our Portland bicycle accident attorneys online and request a consultation to discuss your case today. 

The Johnston Law Firm, LLC proudly represents clients in all cities and counties in Oregon: Portland, Gresham, Milwaukie, Lake Oswego, Tigard, Beaverton, Hillsboro, Multnomah, Washington, Clackamas.