Another bicycle accident recently claimed the life of a female rider in Southeast Portland. The accident happened at the intersection of SE 82nd and Flavel, considered a high crash corridor where previous road crashes resulted in 2 prior fatalities and 8 serious injuries between 2005 and 2014. Police are still investigating the cause of the accident.
Portland Bicycle Accidents
Known for its eco friendliness, Portland has a large community of cyclists who are entitled to safely share the road with other motorists. As population in Portland steadily grows, more pedestrians, bicycles, and transit vehicles increasingly take to the arterial roads and highways in and around the region. The strong economy as well boosts road travel, increasing risks of bicycle accidents in Portland.
Common Causes of Bicycle Accidents
Bicycle crashes often occur at road intersections when a motorist in another motor vehicle turns across the path of a bicyclist or when a cyclist attempts to turn right from a major road. A crash can also happen when a bicyclist rides in the path of a motor vehicle.
Negligence is also a huge factor in road crashes. Driving under the influence, speeding, and distracted driving have also been known to cause catastrophic bicycle accidents.
Recovering from a Bicycle Crash
Bicyclists are at risk of serious and fatal injuries in an accident mainly due to the bicycle’s relatively lighter weight and smaller size than other road vehicles. A road collision while on a bicycle can cause critical injuries such as brain injury, spinal cord injury, severe internal injuries, excessive bleeding, and multiple fractures.
If you or a loved one is injured in a bicycle accident, a full medical recovery can require multiple surgical procedures and therapy that can be expensive. So it’s important to speak to an experienced bicycle accident attorney who can determine the cause or causes of your crash and if necessary, walk you through the process of claiming compensation for your injuries.
In Oregon, the personal injury lawyers at Dwyer Williams Dretke Attorney PC have more than 100 years of collective experience in bicycle accidents. We work very hard to make our injured clients and their families whole again by recovering the value of compensation that they legally deserve.
We invite you to call us for a free consultation at (541) 617-0555 to learn more about how we can help you. Our firm also handles other types of personal injury cases such as truck accidents, pedestrian accidents, slip, trip and fall accidents, and dog bites and dog attacks.