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. But 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 take certain safety precautions that are designed to protect bicyclists.  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.

Not all accidents that happen on the road involve two cars, and the bicycle accident 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. If you’ve been injured in a bicycle accident, we can help.

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Client Story

What Happened

Our client was riding his bicycle on his regular commuting route in Grants Pass, Oregon. He was riding on the correct side of the road, was traveling with the flow of traffic, and was even wearing his usual reflective commuting glare. A driver of a car, stopped on a side street, pulled out onto the main road. Unfortunately, our client was cycling through the side street intersection at that exact moment, and was hit by the driver. Our client was both shaken up and injured. Emergency responders were called and took him to the ER, where his bicycle accident injuries were treated.

When We Were Called

When he filed a claim with the at-fault driver’s insurance company for his medical expenses, they denied him, citing his limited treatment as their reason. When he was denied, he contacted us to secure the help of an experienced bicycle accident attorney in fighting his case.

How We Were Able to Help

Our attorney reviewed our client’s medical records. Although our client had received immediate care in the emergency room, and had a couple of follow-up visits, he preferred to recuperate with rest and a home exercise program prescribed by his doctor, rather than with extensive formal medical treatment. Although his treatment had been limited, the records clearly spoke to how severe his accident had been. Our attorney pointed this out to the insurance adjuster and began aggressive negotiations on our client’s behalf. He convinced the adjuster that by not seeking formal treatment, our client was actually saving them money, something that motivated them to offer a better settlement when they compared that with the amount medical expenses could be costing them. Ultimately, after several rounds of negotiations with the insurance adjuster, our experienced lawyer was able to secure a fair settlement for our client. He was relieved to have his medical expenses taken care of and to move on with his life after this traumatic accident.

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Dwyer Williams Cherkoss Attorneys, PC
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Grants Pass OR 97526

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