Cyclist Injured After Driver Took an Illegal Turn
Date: July 11, 2013
Location: N. Freemont Street, Borthwick Street, Portland
Name: Dave Collins
Witnesses said that the car making an illegal turn from N. Freemont Street into Borthwick Street ran over Dave Collins and dragged him. Collins, who was not wearing a helmet at that time, sustained extensive injuries. He had to have skin grafted onto his face on Friday.
Collins’ bike was completely mangled by the car. Police have issued a citation to the driver for making an illegal turn.
PDX Pedicab, Collins’ employer plans to donate all the money realized from the sale of ticket for their Brewery Experience Sales during the Oregon Beer Fest to Collins. They also plan to host a benefit party to raise funds to meet his medical bills.
We extend our sympathies to the injured man and hope he recovers completely and quickly.
We send our sympathies to Collins, and wish for a full and speedy recovery after this incident.
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.