Portland Motorcycle Accident Attorneys
The thrill of riding a motorcycle on the open roads is ingrained in every biker’s DNA, which explains why there are so many motorcycle riders in the Portland metro area despite the horrible weather conditions we experience at least half of the year. It is no surprise that riding a motorcycle is an inherently more dangerous activity than driving a car, SUV, or truck, but few bikers realize how often motorcycles are struck by other drivers who simply fail to follow the rules of the road.
Motorcycle Riders = Eggshells
When crashes involving motorcycles happen, the rider is particularly vulnerable. Once a rider is detached from their motorcycle, they not only lose the protection of airbags and the structure of a motor vehicle, but they also are unable to steer and are hostage to the momentum caused by the crash. In addition, the other vehicle and even their own motorcycle become dangerous and potentially deadly objects propelled at high rates of speed and with significant injurious force. This is why motorcycle crashes have such a high potential for catastrophic injury or wrongful death. This is why it is imperative to contact an experienced motorcycle accident attorney at Kroll & Johnson as soon as possible after you are injured in order to received fair compensation.
Personal Injury Protection Medical (PIP) Benefits for Bikers
Under existing Oregon Law, motorcycle riders are protected even less than other motorists when it comes to statutory Personal Injury Protection (PIP) benefits in their auto insurance policies. Statutorily, minimum PIP benefits for reasonable and necessary medical care after a motorcycle accident are a mere $2,000. Many insurance companies will only offer the minimum PIP medical benefits in Oregon, leaving riders with little recourse besides carrying far more expensive personal health insurance with low out-of-pocket maxes and deductibles.
Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries
Motorcycle accidents result in a wide spectrum of injuries, but these are some of the commonly encountered injuries:
- Road/friction rash
- Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
- Spinal cord injury
- Herniated Disks
- Internal organ damage
- Severe leg injuries
- Crush injuries
- Severe gashes, cuts and bruises
Insurance companies can dispute liability in motorcycle crashes
It is important to retain experienced legal counsel as soon as possible after a motorcycle accident involving serious injury or death because it is often necessary to conduct a crash reconstruction to prove the other driver was at fault for the motorcycle accident. Determining the precise location where the biker was immediately before the crash when there is a field of motorcycle debris scattered over several hundred feet of the roadway is challenging to say the least, but if the right kind of evidence is gathered after the accident, then a crash reconstruction is possible.
Common ways motorcycle accidents happen
Motorcycle accidents are frequently caused by negligent drivers who:
- Travel at excessive speeds causing the driver to be unable to react to changing road conditions
- Tailgate, particularly during rush hour when traffic is stop and go
- Fail to come to a complete stop before making a right hand turn when the light is red or there is a stop sign
- Fail to yield to the right-of-way in an intersection or during lane changes
- Drive while distracted with a phone
- Change lanes without properly checking their blind spot for motorcyclists
Aggressive & Compassionate Motorcycle Attorneys
Whether you had a car pull out in front of you or a truck sideswipe you on the highway, the attorneys at Kroll & Johnson stand ready to aggressively advocate for your rights while also insuring that you received the individualized attention that you deserve. We will do our best to walk in your shoes, and by doing so we will be better able to secure the justice you deserve.