Oregon Bicycle and Pedestrian Accident Lawyers Get Results
We help you get fair compensation for your injuries
As a pedestrian or a bicycle rider, you may be particularly vulnerable to injury. Motor vehicles are obviously much bigger and you have little protection if you are hit by a vehicle. This can lead to serious injury with greater recovery times and staggering medical costs. If you are injured by a vehicle you need someone to help you go after those who caused your injuries. Johnson & Taylor is passionate about our clients’ cases and knows how to seek compensation from those responsible.
Although not as common as auto vs. auto accidents, bicycle vs. auto accidents with serious injuries do occur. In 2011, Oregon reported that:
- There were 962 accidents involving a bicycle and a motor vehicle.
- Accidents led to a whopping 928 injuries (96 percent injury rate).
- The injuries were described as moderate or major in 627 (68 percent) of cases.
- Of these, 15 of the injuries were fatal.
Helmets can decrease the risk of head injury by 88 percent, but Oregon law only requires helmets for riders under the age of 16, so many riders are not wearing helmets when they get into an accident. Injury awards may be reduced for riding helmetless, and they also can be reduced for contributing factors such as riding at night without proper lighting and not obeying the rules of the road, including improper signaling, not yielding to the right of way and riding on the sidewalk.
Whether you are a serious competitive rider, a weekend rider or a parent with children who ride, traveling in congested areas can be dangerous. Competent injury lawyers at Johnson & Taylor can seek fair compensation from negligent parties and their insurance companies. Having an attorney gets the insurance company to take your case more seriously.
What are my rights if I am injured as a pedestrian?
Pedestrians are rarely wearing any sort of protection and are susceptible to serious injury if hit by a motor vehicle. Roadways, sidewalks, crosswalks and parking lots are common areas where pedestrian/vehicle accidents occur, and the pedestrian always loses. In 2011, Oregon pedestrians were hit by vehicles 849 times, leading to 831 injuries (98 percent injury rate) and 47 fatalities. Injuries are often severe, involving the head, neck and back, and they can be very costly.
Sometimes pedestrians contribute to accidents by jaywalking, darting into the street (particularly common with children) and walking at night wearing dark clothes. However, Oregon is a comparative fault state, so even if you contributed to the accident, you may still be entitled to compensation if the driver of the vehicle was at least 50 percent at fault for the accident.
Johnson & Taylor may be able to help you get your medical bills paid. If you are injured as a pedestrian or bicyclist, you may be surprised to know that the insurance company of the vehicle that hit you will require you to use your own auto insurance or health insurance, if any, before offering to pay any of your medical bills. We can help you through this process to make sure your rights are protected and your medical bills are paid.
If you or your loved one is injured in a pedestrian accident, you need an attorney who doesn’t back down and isn’t afraid to go up against the insurance companies, property owners or the government for the settlement you deserve. Johnson & Taylor knows how to get results and is ready to fight for you.
Let our Portland and Salem bicycle and pedestrian injury attorneys stand up for you
Statistically, if you are hit by a vehicle while riding your bike or walking, you will get injured. Those injuries could be severe and require a long recovery period and huge medical bills. Johnson & Taylor is the ally you need to get your case settled. We focus on injury law and routinely settle cases successfully, but we are prepared to fight for you in court if settlement is not possible. Contact us at 503-990-6641 or online.