Bicyclist Injured in Collision in NE Portland

Date: October 23, 2012
Location: North Williams Avenue and Northeast Wheeler Avenue, Rose Garden Arena
Name: Male Bicyclist

An unidentified male bicycle rider suffered a head injury when he collided with a security patrol car at around 10 pm on Tuesday near North Williams Avenue, Rose Garden Arena.

Police said that the injured man has been shifted to Legacy Emanuel Hospital. The cyclist was coming up the road on the wrong side, was not wearing a helmet, had no lights on his bike, and was wearing dark clothes.

The driver of the security car escaped unhurt. Police are still investigating the circumstances of the accident and have not yet issued any citations.

We extend our sympathies to the injured man, his family, and friends during this difficult time. We hope the man is identified soon and his family notified of his condition and that he recovers quickly and completely from the injuries sustained.

We wish the injured man a full and speedy recovery, and we hope this accident serves as a reminder to drivers to be careful around Oregon bicyclists.

When a bicyclist gets hit by car, the biker always loses – no matter who was at fault – because cars are so much heavier. As Portland bicycle accident attorneys, we understand the dangers and the consequences of getting hit by car.

In bicycle accident cases, injuries are often very severe. Even if you were wearing a helmet, make sure you are tested for traumatic brain injury – sometimes these are not immediately apparent until tests have been performed. Seek immediate medical treatment.

What You NEED to Know:

  • If you have been hit by a car, you can file a claim with the auto insurance company of the person who hit you.
  • The at-fault driver’s insurance should cover all your damages, including medical expenses, lost wages, and even damage to your bicycle.
  • Your own Personal Injury Protection (through your own auto insurance) still applies in this type of case, so use your PIP to pay bills until you settle your claim with the at-fault driver’s insurance.
  • You have two years (in most cases) to file a claim.
  • But in some cases, like if the driver works for the city, state, or county, you could have deadlines as soon as 180 days.
  • You should not sign a release with the other insurance company until you are sure you know the extent of your injuries and damages.
  • The insurance adjuster is not your friend. His job is to save his company money by paying you as little as possible.
  • In most cases, it is a good idea to hire a bicycle accident attorney to protect your rights because insurance company adjusters can be tricky.

If you have more questions about the personal injury process, what to do after being hit by car, or want to speak to an attorney, call 503-222-4411 or visit www.pdxinjurylaw.com.

 

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About Sean DuBois

Sean is a personal injury attorney in Portland, OR. He has been recognized by Super Lawyers Magazine as Oregon Rising Stars for the past four years because of his dedication to justice and fair compensation for his clients. If you need to speak with a lawyer about your injury case, Sean can be reached at 503-222-4411.

Posted on October 26, 2012, in Bicycle Accidents, Brain Injury, Oregon Car Accidents. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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