Bicycle Accident Attorneys

Recovering Damages from Bicycle Accident Injuries

Serious bicycle accidents can take many forms, and the injuries that cyclist accident victims sustain will vary according to each collision’s details.  Given how these injuries are  accident- and victim-specific injuries are, it should come as no surprise that damage awards also span a spectrum.

Bicycle and Auto Accident Injury AttorneysDamage awards available to Oregon bicycle accident victims often include:

  • Medical expenses
  • Rehabilitative therapy
  • Loss of income calculations
  • Disability or disfigurement compensation
  • Loss of earning potential from a disability
  • Pain and suffering awards
  • Other physical or mental injury payments

We highly encourage you to seek the advice of experienced serious accident and personal injury attorneys to determine what damages are recoverable in your individual case.  The experienced Oregon bicycle accident lawyers at Dwyer Williams Cherkoss PC will happily discuss the specific details of your accident and injuries.  Call for your toll-free consultation today: 541-617-0555.

These Driving Practices Can Lead to Accidents with Bicycles

Many dangerous, negligent (careless), or reckless practices can contribute to a serious bicycle accident. According to the Oregon Department of Transportation, some of the most common causes of bike accidents on Oregon’s roadways involve drivers of cars, trucks, and other enclosed motor vehicles.  These causes are:

  • Intoxicated drivers
  • Distracted drivers
  • Aggressive drivers
  • Fatigued drivers
  • Anxious or impatient drivers
  • Roads that are in disrepair

Bicycle Car Accident Attorney Portland OregonSerious bicycle accidents in Oregon can lead to permanent life changes that interfere with your ability to work, your relationships with friends, spouses, or children, and your general ability to enjoy and participate in life’s activities. When these simple pleasures are taken from a bike accident victim, it is both fair and reasonable that that victim should receive financial compensation for the injuries that he or she suffered.

A negligent driver cannot give you back your ability to walk or the joy of being able to carry your child on your shoulders, but he or she can provide the financial compensation for you can obtain the physical therapy and medical care you need to improve the quality of your post-accident life. The bicycle accident injury attorneys at Dwyer Williams Cherkoss PC are committed to vigorously representing our clients so that they can obtain the compensation they need to provide for their family despite serious and debilitating accident-related injuries.  Call us today toll-free if you or a loved one has been injured in a bicycle accident: 541-617-0555.

Safety Practices Can Limit Your Bicycle Accident Injuries

As a means of helping to avoid accident-related injuries, it is important to keep some bicycle safety tips in mind. While our experienced and knowledgeable bicycle accident attorneys are prepared to represent you if you are injured in a bike accident, we would of course prefer that bicycle accidents and resulting injuries be entirely avoided.

Oregon Bicycle Accident Injury Attorneys | Safe Cycling PracticesSome basic steps that can reduce your risk of being involved in a serious bike accident include:

  • Wearing the proper protective gear: Helmets, shoulder, and knee pads are essential.
  • Properly equip your bike with safety equipment: Headlights, bells, and horns.
  • Be aware of your surroundings (bike defensively): Maintain a careful lookout for distracted drivers and try to catch their eye or slow down if they can’t see you.
  • Avoid drivers exiting their vehicles: When riding on the left hand side of parallel-parked cars, you should ride far enough to the left to avoid slamming into the door of a car if a driver suddenly opens the door in front of you. Moving cars can already see you as they are attempting to pass you, but drivers who have just parked may not be paying attention or looking for bicyclists as they climb out of their cars.
  • Never ride against traffic: This is an extremely dangerous bike-riding practice to be avoided at all costs. Every year Oregonian bicyclists are seriously injured or killed because they chose to ride the wrong way down the street.

It is important to be educated about all possible bike accident scenarios and to take proper precautions to avoid getting into those accidents. The bicycle accident and personal injury attorneys at Dwyer Williams Cherkoss PC believe that “minor bike accident” is a misnomer because bike accidents usually involve severe and even life-threatening injuries including brain injuries, neck and back injuries, and paralysis.

If you have been injured in a bicycle accident anywhere in the state of Oregon, please call us toll-free to discuss your injuries and case: 541-617-0555.

Oregon’s Rules of the Road Extend to Cyclists and Protect Them

The Oregon Department of Transportation’s Rules of the Road operate as a driver’s manual for everyone driving or riding a vehicle on Oregon roadways. Bicyclists are treated like motor vehicle drivers under these rules in that they are expected to obey Oregon’s traffic laws as outlined for motorized vehicles.  Treating bicycles the same as cars, trucks, or sport utility vehicles seems fair and appropriate in our state, which is home to active bicyclist communities.  Portland, after all, has consistently ranked in the top three “bike friendly” cities across the nation.

Oregon Rules of the Road | Oregon Bicycle Accident AttorneysBut not all vehicles are equal and some kinds of accidents are more dangerous than others because of the vehicles involved. Drivers of cars, trucks and SUVs are required to follow a few additional guidelines and to undertake certain safety precautions that are designed to protect bicyclists due to cyclists’ heightened level of vulnerability on Oregon’s roads.

Some statewide precautions designed to protect Oregon’s bicyclists include:

  • Drivers of motorized passenger vehicles must yield to bicyclists in a bike lane.
  • Drivers of motorized passenger vehicles must yield to bicyclist on a sidewalk.
  • Prohibitions on reckless vehicular assault of bicyclists.
  • Drivers must drive to the left of bicyclist which they pass, at a safe distance, and only return to their original lane a safe distance away.

The bicycle accident injury attorneys at Dwyer Williams Cherkoss PC are dedicated to obtaining the compensation that our clients need to recover from serious bike accidents. Our personal attorneys handle a wide variety of bike accidents and our firm has a 98 percent success rate in representing those injured by the wrongful conduct of others throughout Oregon.  Call us toll-free today at 541-617-0555 if you have been injured in a bicycle accident: we can help you.

Oregon Bicycle Accidents Can Have Serious Consequences

Collisions between bicycles and cars, trucks, or Sport Utility Vehicles (SUVs) frequently result in catastrophic or fatal injuries to the bicyclists involved. These types of collisions typically have a devastating impact on the involved cyclists because they lack the steel frame protection provided to occupants of enclosed motor vehicles.

Bicycle and Car Accident | Oregon Bicycle Accident Injury AttorneysThe body of an enclosed motor vehicle serves as a shield for that vehicle’s occupants and it protects them from direct contact with the road or solid structures during a collision. Unlike drivers of motorized passenger vehicles, however, bicyclists are not afforded the same insulation at the moment of impact.

Hundreds of Oregonian bicyclists are injured every year in motor vehicle traffic crashes.  This is especially true in urban areas like Portland, where bicycling is practically a lifestyle and where we see the highest incidence of bicycle-car accidents in Oregon.  According to the Oregon Department of Transportation, in 2011 there were a total of 928 motor vehicle traffic crashes that involved bicyclists who were injured. 15 of those accidents resulted in cyclist death. The most common errors made by these cyclists were failure to yield right-of-way to drivers, disregarded traffic signals, and riding on the wrong side of the road. The price-tag for these errors and for motor vehicle drivers’ reckless or negligent driving is very high.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a bike accident, you may be entitled to monetary compensation for your injuries and losses. The caring and experienced bicycle accident attorneys at Dwyer Williams Cherkoss Personal Injury Attorneys, PC will evaluate the circumstances and facts of your bicycle accident to determine whether or not you are entitled to compensation . Call us today at 541-617-0555 for a free consultation in which we can discuss the facts of your bicycle accident injury claim.