Central Oregon is renowned for being a great place to bike. Unfortunately this also means a higher chance of injury. Bicycle accidents are a terrible thing. Unlike a car accident, where both drivers are protected by thousands of pounds of steel and air bags, there’s nothing to protect the bicyclist but their own body. When they’re hit, the full impact of the vehicle is going to thrust the person off the bicycle, and leave them lying on the ground with certain injuries. Typically the most common types of injuries after a bike accident are paralysis, brain damage, and internal organ damage. These are serious injuries and are no laughing matter.
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As these are serious injuries, they’re going to rack up a huge medical bill. We know nothing can replace the damages that have been done to your body, but if you can get a settlement in the form of a sum of money, you would definitely take it. As mentioned earlier, this is going to be a large medical bill, and you’re going to want to at least be reimbursed for that. If you are unable to work any further, you’re going to need some sort of money to live off of for the rest of your life. We’re getting slightly ahead of ourselves. Before we can properly evaluate the injury and give you an estimate, we need to know a few things.
Were You Driving Aggressively?
In the state of Oregon, according to the law, bikes are considered a vehicle. They have their own separate lanes in most metro areas, and can always ride on the sidewalk otherwise. If you were drilled by a car when you were supposed to stop at an intersection, and you just drove in front of a moving car, there isn’t much we can do. If you were driving aggressively, and you yourself believe you got yourself in the accident, and it wasn’t the driver who was at fault, then you don’t have a case on your hands.
Was The Driver at Fault?
In the state of Oregon, bicycles are considered vehicles to a certain extent. Drivers are still legally obliged to follow a few laws when driving around bicyclists. At no time should they enter a bicycle lane. If they do so, and they hit you when you’re in that lane, they are at fault. If you’re driving on the side of a country road, and they do not get over to the left for you and end up hitting you, they are usually at fault (depending on the circumstances).
At Dwyer Williams Dretke Attorneys our bicycle accident attorneys have decades of experience. If you want to meet with a legal team that knows bicycle injuries in the most in-depth way possible, give us a call today or stop in at our office. You deserve to feel at peace again. Call us today.
Here are some tips from NHTSA on bicycle safety.