Mechanical Failure Caused Bicyclist to Crash Under Semi
Date: July 27, 2013
Location: Highway 224, Portland
Name: Lawrence Mascotte
Lawrence Mascotte, 71, from Portland, was riding on the shoulder of Highway 224 when he lost control of his bicycle. It appears that there was a mechanical failure that caused the problem. After losing control, he crashed his bicycle into a semi trailer that was stopped at a traffic light on Highway 224. Mascotte then slid underneath the trailer. The driver of the semi did not feel the collision, but luckily, another driver witnessed the crash and pulled in front of the truck to keep it from moving.
Mascotte was then transported to Oregon Health and Science University in Portland with serious injuries. He was wearing a helmet at the time of the collision. The Highway had to be closed for about 20 minutes following the collision.
The cause of the mechanical failure to Mascotte’s bicycle was not known. No specific information has been given on his injuries and his current status is not known. The truck driver was not reported to be injured in the crash.
We would like to express our best wishes for a full recovery to the man injured in this accident. We hope you have a complete and rapid recovery.
In Oregon, manufacturers, distributors, and retailers are all responsible for the safety of their products. If you or a loved one has experienced an accident similar to Lawrence Mascotte’s, contact an Oregon product liability attorney to protect your rights.
You can seek compensation for injuries from:
- Design defects: when the poor or flawed design of a product makes it dangerous
- Manufacturing defects: when a problem is introduced during manufacturing that makes a product dangerous
- Marketing defects: when the warning labels or instructions are not sufficient or appropriate to protect consumers from injury
By pursuing damages from companies that allow unsafe products to be created, distributed, and sold in Oregon, you may be helping others who have had similar experiences. According to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, over 30 million people are injured every year in the United States due to defective products.
Do not wait to get help: contact a Portland product liability attorney for a free consultation as soon as possible. In product liability cases, it can be imperative to get pictures and start investigating what happened as soon as possible, because product liability cases have their own special (and very difficult) statutes of limitations (ORS 30.905), which can be much shorter than the more common statutes.