Portland Bicycle Accident Attorneys
Because cyclists usually have nothing between them and the road or the car that hits them but a helmet, they are more often seriously injured, and sometimes killed. Cyclists, even if they win their case, never really win the battle – but Portland bicycle accident attorneys can help.
For cyclists who have been involved in a car accident, anything from broken bones, post-traumatic stress, traumatic brain injury (TBI) and, of course, loss of transportation can seriously affect their lives.
Bicyclists Deserve Justice. We can help.
We offer the following free resources:
- DO’s and DONT’s after a Portland Bicycle Accident: Learn how to protect your rights
- Bicycle Accident Legal Issues: Problems with Insurance, Dangerous Roads, Defective Bike Parts, Cars in the Bike Lane, etc.
- Bicycle Accident FAQs: How Long You Have to File, What to Do if You Need a Bike Attorney, Getting Compensation
As Portland bicycle accident attorneys,our goal is to help accident victims understand the laws, know their rights, and then get them a “fair settlement” for their physical, financial, and emotional injuries.
Portland, Oregon, is known as being a bike-friendly city. We have bike lanes, bike routes, a biking mayor, and biking-specific laws – we’re one of the top bike cities in the nation, if not the world!
But that doesn’t ensure a cyclist’s safety, nor does it ensure a cyclist is 100% protected by the law.
You can contact our Portland bicycle accident attorneys: by phone at 503-222-4411; email at firstname.lastname@example.org; or by filling out our webform. You can set up a FREE phone consultation to discuss your case and the best route to take according to your needs. Even if we can’t take your case, we will educate you and help you as much as possible to understand your options.
But remember, all accidents are different, and the only way to know what action to take is to talk to a knowledgeable and experienced Portland bicycle accident attorney.
Past Oregon Bicycle Accident Injury Case Examples:
Bicycle Accident Case Example #1: Hit and Run Driver
R.S. was riding his bike home when he was struck by an SUV. The SUV’s driver, a prominent Oregon businessman, then drove away from the scene – leaving R.S. on the side of the road. R.S. was very seriously injured, and later required surgery, physical therapy, and treatment for PTSD. Luckily, as a lifelong athlete, his body was able to heal more fully than most people’s. This story, a local news phenomenon after this story appeared on the front page of the Oregonian, brought attention to the problem of hit and runs in Portland. This case settled for $500,000 at mediation.
Bicycle Accident Case Example #2: Bicyclist was Walking His Bike
M.T. was walking his bicycle across the street when he was hit by a car. He was in the crosswalk and had a walk sign, so liability was clear. The car knocked him to the ground and ran over his dog! The dog was fine, but M.T. was severely injured. His injuries, including serious back pain and a hand injury that later required surgery also affected his ability to do his job. Eventually, he had surgery and with physical therapy he was able to use his hand, although not as well as he had before. Sean DuBois was able to get a settlement of $115,000 (original offer: under $50,000).
Bicycle Accident Case Example #3: Rear-ended by Another Bicyclist, Went to Trial
Adam had just gotten a job at one of the McMenamins’ pubs. He was riding his bicycle to the job, so he could figure out the best route for his first day of work, which was still a few days away. He was stopped at a red light, when he was struck from behind by another bicycle rider, resulting in broken ribs that took about 6 weeks to heal. McMenamins did the right thing and held his job for him, but still, he couldn’t work for 6 weeks, and was in pain.
The other bicycle rider said it was our client’s fault; he said the client had suddenly turned left in front of him. In fact, the other guy counter-sued to pay for the damage to his bike. But our client said the other guy had just rear-ended him. There was just no way that both people’s stories could be true, and we believed our client.
So we went to trial. And the jury decided what we had known all along that our client was telling the truth. The jury awarded him a higher verdict than he expected, and he was very happy with the result. A.B. also provided a bike accident testimonial. This case settled for a confidential amount.
Bicycle Accident Case Example #4: “Right Hook” Crash
Monique was riding her bicycle to work, heading west on NE Broadway approaching the intersection with N. Williams. At this intersection, NE Broadway is a one-way street with four lanes. The right-hand lane is right-turn only. The bike lane is to the left of this lane. And then to the left of the bike lane is a car lane from which vehicles may go straight or turn right. In other words, the cars to the left of the bike lane may turn right, even though the bike lane continues straight.
Monique was trying to ride straight through this intersection, when a box truck to her left turned right, catching her and dragging her. She survived, but was injured, and quite understandably suffered psychological injuries as well, including Post Traumatic Stress disorder.
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- Portland Injury Attorney: Knowledge and Experience
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- Avoiding Portland Bicycle Accident Deaths
- How Well do You Know Your Oregon Bike Lane Laws?
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Shulman DuBois LLC, is located in Portland, Oregon, and serves clients in all Oregon cities and counties, including: Portland, Beaverton, Multnomah County, Hillsboro, Gresham, Lake Oswego, West Linn, Tualatin, Troutdale, Sellwood, Corvallis, Salem, Eugene, Milwaukie, and Albany.