Here in Southwest Washington we enjoy some of the most beautiful scenery America has to offer. Perhaps this beauty is one reason that, despite the annual rainfall, recreational cycling is so popular in Portland/Vancouver and the surrounding area. The prevalence of cycling in our community however brings increased risk of injury or even death. Data from an investigation by the U.S. Department of Transportation National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, found that 630 cyclists were killed and an additional 51,000 injured in motor vehicle crashes in 2009.
Schauermann, Thayer, Jacobs, & Staples attorney Scott Edwards is an avid cyclist. In the mornings before work he can often be found cycling over all that Vancouver and Portland have to offer. He has participated in several organized rides, including a 100 mile “Bike MS” charity ride in Mount Vernon, Washington. He is also a “Cycling” merit badge counselor for the Boy Scouts of America where he shares, not only his love of cycling, but safe and responsible riding techniques to the next generation of riders.
As a rider, Scott has firsthand experience of the responsibility cyclists have, and the danger they must face, every time they enter roads filled with much larger cars travelling at much faster speeds. As an attorney, Scott understands, and can apply, the laws of cycling in Washington and Oregon.
His passion for the road has carried over to his personal injury law practice as well. Scott has represented injured cyclists in personal injury claims against the car drivers who negligently struck them. Because cyclists are unprotected from the road and cars, many of these clients sustain serious, often life threatening, injuries. Scott understands of the law of cycling and his firsthand appreciation for the art and sport of cycling is a tremendous asset to his clients as he helps navigate them down the road of compensation for their injuries.