Experienced Accident Attorneys Representing Injured Cyclists in the Greater Vancouver & Portland Area
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration there were 726 cyclist deaths, and 49,000 cyclist injuries in 2012. Many of these injuries happen when the driver of a vehicle fails to pay attention.
Our firm has successfully resolved many bicycle cases, which often involve complex legal issues. We have an experienced team of attorneys who understand bicycle-related issues in Washington and Oregon. If you or a loved one was injured while riding a bicycle, it may benefit you to talk with one of our attorneys.
Consider the following regarding bicycle safety:
- Cities have constructed bike lanes and promote increased bicycle traffic;
- Head injuries account for a large share of injuries, and while helmets are not required at a state level in Washington, many municipalities, including the City of Vancouver, do have laws requiring use of helmets. As a rule, all persons under 16 must wear a bicycle helmet when riding a bicycle in Oregon;
- Increase in cyclist injuries between 2001 and 2011: 8.9 percent (Pedestrian and Bike Information Center);
- Motor vehicle operators must equate a bicycle with a motor vehicle, observe the same laws, and act accordingly. For example, a driver sharing the right lane with a cyclist who is planning to turn right at an intersection must yield to the cyclist. A driver may not drive in a designated bike lane unless he or she has immediate intentions to turn off the road. There are many traffic laws concerning cycles and a driver may not claim ignorance of the laws in defense of claims brought by an injured cyclist.
Our attorneys have unique experience handling cases in both Washington and Oregon — where one party may be driving a vehicle, licensed and insured in one state, that strikes a bicyclist in the other state. The attorneys in our office operate as a collaborative team with several decades of combined experience.
If you are injured in a Washington or Oregon bicycle accident, we are prepared to help. Give us a call at 360-695-4244 for a free consultation or send us an e-mail and we will get in touch with you promptly.