Bicycle Accidents

Experienced Accident Attorneys Representing Injured Cyclists in the Greater Vancouver & Portland Area

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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:

  • 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 years of age 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. 

Experienced Attorneys

The attorneys at Schauermann Thayer handle personal injury, wrongful death, and insurance actions for clients throughout the Southwest Washington and Portland, Oregon area.

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