Bicyclist Collides with Garbage Truck, Critically Injured
Date: July 12, 2013
Location: Southeast 17th Ave. and Southeast McLoughlin Blvd., SE Portland
Name: Matthew Charles Casperson
Police report Casperson was traveling on his bicycle near the intersection of Southeast 17th Avenue and Southeast McLoughlin Boulevard. At that point, he collided with a garbage truck that was at the intersection.
The bicyclist was taken to a nearby hospital where his injuries were reported to be serious. As of Monday afternoon, his condition had been upgraded to critical.
The driver of the garbage truck was not reported to be impaired at the time of the collision and he was not injured. Police continue to investigate the accident. No citations have been issued or arrests made and it is unclear who had the right of way at the intersection where the collision occurred. It was not reported if the cyclist was wearing a helmet and his specific injuries were not reported.
We would like to express our best wishes for a fast and full recovery to the cyclist injured, Matthew Charles Casperson. It is very fortunate that his injuries were not more severe, due to the size of the vehicle he collided with.
Accidents like these remind us all, cyclists and drivers alike, that we need to be aware and respectful of each other on the road. The consequences when we fail to do so could be catastrophic.
Sometimes, despite a cyclist’s most careful riding, you can still be hit. If you are a cyclist and get into a bicycle accident:
- Call the police. It is important to have your story on record for any later claim, so even if the police will not come to the scene, file an accident report later.
- Take photos. Take photos of your bike and your injuries, the other vehicle involved, the road and surrounding area, any tire marks the car made, any obstacles that contributed to your fall, etc.
- If you can’t take photos at the time of the accident, have someone else do it, or return to the scene as soon as possible to do so.
- Take care of your body. After the accident, your adrenaline may mask any injuries you sustained. Go to the ER or to see your doctor if you start to feel discomfort, pain, or experience traumatic brain injury symptoms. Medical records are the best evidence of your injuries.
- Consider contacting a knowledgeable Portland bicycle accident attorney to help you navigate the tricky and confusing insurance claim process.
While you are taking care of your injuries, you may wonder how you will pay your accumulating medical bills. If you have auto insurance, your Personal Injury Protection (PIP) will cover your bills (up to $15,000) until you can reach a settlement with the at-fault driver’s insurance.
But what if you don’t carry auto insurance? If you were not at fault, and don’t carry auto insurance, your health insurance can pay your medical bills. Then, at settlement, the at-fault driver’s auto insurance should reimburse your health insurance for the medical costs.
What if you don’t have auto insurance OR health insurance? In that case, the driver’s PIP insurance should pay for your medical bills while you recover and then should also compensate you for any other damages.