It important to understand that bicyclists are probably the most scrutinized users
of the public roadways in Oregon. In many areas of the city, there is palpable tension between bicyclers and motorists. This means that bicyclists have to be vigilant in obeying all applicable rules of the road. An Oregon bicycle Accident lawyer can help educate you on how fault is determined.
Always obey signs and traffic signals. At stop signs it is tempting to come to a “rolling stop” and then proceed through the intersection if you do not see any other vehicles that have the right away. The laws in Oregon changed to actually allow this behavior
but law is new and "yielding" can be subjective. If you are injured as a result of being struck by a vehicle in an intersection and you did not come to a full stop before entering the intersection, be prepared to have the police officer who investigates the accident conclude that both parties were at fault for the collision. Talking to one of our award winning Oregon bicycle accident lawyers can help you know how to avoid being unfairly put at fault.
Another common sense tip is to never ride against traffic. Be prepared to be blamed by the insurance company or a police officer for the collision even if you are on the shoulder of the road. Also, remember to use hand signals when turning. Under Oregon law (ORS 814.400
) bicycles are vehicles and requires actions you may not already know.
Yes and no. While bicycle cases are more complicated than the average auto collision, many of the same legal principles and rules apply. What is different about bicycle collisions is the case valuation. Insurance companies place a markedly different (usually lower) value on bicycle accident claims. This is why it is important to retain an experienced Oregon bicycle accident attorney. If you already have an offer for your injuries from the insurance company, give us a call. Within a few minutes of talking with you we should be able to tell you whether it is a reasonable offer. The insurance companies often try to settle quickly and cheaply, so if there is any doubt at all in your mind, have an attorney from Johnson Law take a look at your case.