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Portland Motorcycle Accident Attorney

Statistics indicate that more than 88,000 motorcycles were registered in the state of Oregon in 2014. Riding a motorcycle is an excellent way to spend a day, as well as a convenient way to get from place to place. In addition, riding motorcycles can be a social activity as many riders venture in groups.

While motorcycles can be enjoyable, there also present serious risks. First, motorcycles are significantly smaller than cars, trucks, or SUVs, and they also have smaller lights. For these reasons, motorcycles can be more difficult to see on the roads, which can result in serious collisions. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported that an estimated 88,000 motorcyclist sustained injuries in one year in the United States. In addition, over 4,600 motorcyclists died in traffic-related accidents in that same year.

If you have sustained injuries or lost a loved one in a motorcycle accident, you should discuss your legal rights with an experienced Oregon motorcycle accident attorney as soon as possible.

Common Causes Of Motorcycle Accidents

Motorcycle accidents can happen for a wide variety of reasons, many of which involve the negligent or reckless acts of another party or person. Some of the most common causes of motorcycle accidents include:

  • Distracted drivers;
  • Drivers not properly watching for motorcycles;
  • Drivers who are under the influence of alcohol or drugs;
  • Aggressive drivers;
  • Drivers who are overly fatigued or who fall asleep at the wheel;
  • Speeding, following too closely, improper passing, and other traffic law violations;
  • Road hazards including large cracks, potholes, or gravel on the roadway;
  • Defective motorcycle parts that malfunction while driving; and
  • Defective safety helmets or gear that do not provide adequate protection in a crash.

Motorcycle Accidents Can Result In Devastating Injuries

Motorcyclists do not have the same metal frame, roof, roll cages, airbags, or seat belts that motorists in passenger vehicles have to protect them from the impact of a collision. Instead, motorcyclists are completely exposed to other motor vehicles or objects into which they may crash. Even if a motorcyclist is wearing a helmets, such helmets do not provide full protection from trauma to the head. In addition, many types of collisions cause motorcyclists to be thrown from their vehicles, often head-first over their handlebars. This can result in a direct impact to the face and head with whatever is in front of them–another vehicle, an object, or the pavement.

For all of these reasons, it is no surprise that the injuries that result from motorcycle accidents are often catastrophic. Some of the common injuries sustained by motorcyclists in crashes include:

  • Fractured or shattered bones in the face or jaw;
  • Damage to teeth;
  • Traumatic brain injury (TBI);
  • Broken or crushed limbs;
  • Neck or back injuries;
  • Spinal cord injuries;
  • Internal bleeding and internal organ damage;
  • Dislocations;
  • Burns from flame or from friction with the roadway; and
  • Serious contusions or lacerations.

The above injuries all require emergency medical attention for a proper diagnosis, stabilization, and necessary treatment. Medical treatment for such devastating injuries can require long-term and ongoing medical care, resulting in extensive costs.

Recovering For Your Motorcycle Accident Injuries

The extensive medical expenses often resulting from motorcycle accidents are only one type of loss incurred by accident victims. The following are examples of losses for which a motorcycle accident victim may be able to recover:

  • Costs of emergency trauma care, hospitalization, surgeries, medical equipment, pharmaceuticals, assisted living facilities, home health aides, physical therapy, and more, in addition to estimated future medical costs related to the injuries.
  • Wages, overtime, and benefits that were lost from missing work during recovery and for estimated future lost earnings if the victim is unable to return to work.
  • Physical, psychological, and emotional pain, suffering, and distress caused by their injuries or by the trauma of the accident itself.
  • Permanent disfigurement, impairments, or disabilities.
  • Loss of enjoyment of everyday life as a result of pain or limitations.
  • Punitive damages if the actions of the responsible party were intentional or particularly appalling.

Depending on the cause of your motorcycle accident, you may be able to obtain compensation for your losses from the responsible driver, motorcycle manufacturer, or the party responsible for road maintenance.

Call a Portland Motorcycle Accident Lawyer For A Free Consultation

Experienced attorney Marc A. Johnston has been standing up for the rights of injured motorcycle victims in and around Portland for many years. Our office has the knowledge and resources to obtain the best possible results for you, so please call the Johnston Law Firm for a free consultation at (503) 546-3167 so we can get started helping you.