Oregon State Law Applies To and Protects Motorcyclists

Oregon’s driver’s manual is referred to as our “Rules of the Road” and it includes certain “Do’s” and “Dont’s” that apply to those riding motorcycles as well as to drivers who share the road with motorcyclists. Oregon’s traffic rules define the obligations and responsibilities of motor vehicle drivers, motorcyclists, pedestrians, and bicyclists. The “Rules of the Road” prohibits motor vehicle drivers from engaging in certain actions, such as depriving a motorcycle of a full lane.

Motorcycle accidents in Oregon often involve devastating collisions between motorcycles and cars, trucks, or SUVs. Enclosed motor vehicle drivers who share the road with a motorcycle have a duty to drive in a manner that exhibits reasonable care to avoid causing injurious accidents. This law is meant to protect motorcyclists because the injuries suffered by bikers in collisions with other vehicles are usually catastrophic and frequently deadly. These injuries can mean paralysis, serious brain trauma, damage to the spinal cord, amputation of limbs, and a life-long need for rehabilitative or supportive care. Too often, motorcycle accidents end in fatality.