Bicycle Accident Attorneys in Portland
The traffic patterns and roadways of Portland are far superior to many other cities in the Country of similar size when it comes to bicycle safety. In fact, many people driving cars around the city have a bike at home and are eager to go on their after work ride. Even with all of the awareness of cyclists and sharing the road, nearly 20,000 people on bicycles are struck by an automobile each year in Portland. Then add in the fact as the population of our amazing city grows, so will that number.
Unfortunately, there is no contest when it comes to a collision between an automobile and a bicyclists – the person on the bicycle will always sustain far greater injuries. And, they have a much higher chance of having permanent brain damage and long-term disability due to the dramatic difference in size, weight, and surface area between a bicycle and an automobile.
Bicycle accidents occur for a variety of reasons:
● A cyclist riding his or her bike outside of the bike lanes or shoulder of the road and into the path of traffic
● An automobile driver not respecting the bike lane or bike box and driving into the bath of a cyclist
● Children going too fast on their bike or riding their bike in a way that is unsafe
While in many cases, the injuries to the cyclist are quite obvious, other times it might seem like you are able to walk away “without a scratch”. This is usually due to things like adrenaline and disbelief. But, once you have had time to settle down from the accident – it becomes painfully obvious that it has left you quite injured. That is why it’s so important to contact a qualified and highly-trained personal injury attorney to be your champion through the legal process. Your focus should be on getting better and healing from your ordeal – we can take care of the rest!
There are a lot of moving parts when it comes to personal injury cases, and that is why it is best to contact us immediately following your accident – even if you don’t think you were injured.
The sooner we can step out in front of the process and start gathering medical records, police reports, and insurance information – the sooner we can make sure that you are buffered from the stress of mounting medical bills and loss of income.
If you are out riding your bicycle around our beautiful city of Portland, and you are struck by an automobile – call Shlesinger & deVilleneuve right away. Your initial consult is always FREE. And, we work on a contingency basis, meaning you are not responsible for paying us – unless we obtain a settlement for you.