Portland, OR is well-known as one of the best bicycle cities in the nation. It’s a well-won title — and confirmed by the thousands of bicyclists commuters and families frequently using the many bike lanes and bike paths. But even with all the awareness and care that Portland takes to protect their bikers, accidents still happen.
If you have been involved in a bicycle accident, you need help from an experienced and knowledgeable bicycle accident attorney. At Russell and Hill, PLLC Portland, we help those injured in a bicycle accident obtain the pecuniary damages they need in order to cover the expenses incurred by the crash.
A bicycle accident is a shocking and confusing accident to be involved in. You, or your loved one, are probably recovering from severe injuries, as bikers have very little protection from cars. You are also likely wondering who is going to be responsible for your medical bills, lost wages, and other damages.
Don’t allow yourself to be taken advantage of by insurance companies or the at-fault driver — their goal will always be to avoid responsibility and payment to the injured party. At Russell and Hill, PLLC Portland, our attorneys are committed to helping those injured in a bicycle accident recover from their injuries through obtaining maximum compensation for hospital bills, future medical needs, lost wages, pain, suffering, and other damages related to your bicycle accident.
Even though Portland has created one of the most safe and welcoming cities for cyclists, bikers are still vulnerable to larger vehicles around them. While cars and trucks can easily weigh over 4,000 pounds or more, a biker and his bike will only weigh between 100-300lbs — a significant difference. And while motor vehicle drivers enjoy the protection of steel, glass, and air bags, a biker has, comparatively, almost no protection at all.
But bicyclists are not just vulnerable to being struck by motor vehicles. They are also subject to injury when they:
Of course, these are not the only ways that a bicyclist can be injured while out cycling. There are many others, and each case is unique and has specific circumstances. Review your situation with our Portland bicycle accident attorney to determine the validity of your claim and learn more about the claims process.
So, despite bikers helmets and additional visibility-enhancing elements, like reflective clothing and blinking light attachments, the roads remain a potentially dangerous place for them. When an automobile collides with a bicyclist, the driver is in almost zero danger. But the consequences for the bicyclist are severe. Those injured in such an accident often sustain broken limbs, lacerations, head trauma, strained muscles, excessive bruising, and other serious injuries.
If you’ve been in a bicycle accident in Portland, OR, we are here to help you obtain the coverage you need for your health care. Our skilled bicycle accident attorneys will perform a full investigation of the accident, and work with you and your doctors to ensure that you receive the medical treatment you need.
At Russell and Hill, PLLC, we know the importance of helping out our neighbors. Many of us regularly ride bikes ourselves or have family members or close friends that do. This makes us all the more sensitive to caring for the needs of you and your family.
Most Oregon auto insurance policies automatically include a coverage called personal injury protection (PIP) that will be accessed to cover bicyclists injured by a motor vehicle. Our attorneys will guide you through the PIP claims process, fielding insurance calls and paperwork on your behalf. If PIP insurance coverage is not available, we will pursue other options for compensation recovery. Additionally, we will represent you in any insurance claim disputes that arise, including bad faith insurance claim denials.
Compensable damages in a bicycle accident vary based on the particulars of the accident. Some of the damages for which you may be entitled to include:
If you have been involved in a bicycle accident in Portland, contact one of our attorneys to find out more about our experience in handling bicycle accident claims. We can help you.