Motorcycle Crash Injures Couple on Highway 20
Date: July 28, 2013
Location: Highway 20, west of Santiam Pass Summit
Names: Rickie Ray Taylor, Laura Taylor
According to the police the incident occurred at around 4:30 pm. The 2004 Yamaha motorcycle that was being operated by Rickie Ray Taylor, 61, was negotiating a curve on the downhill grade when it traveled onto the right shoulder of the road, sideswiped a guardrail, was laid on its side and moved further from the highway before stopping.
This seriously injured Taylor who was using a helmet. He was taken to hospital by air for treatment while his passenger Laura Taylor, 62, was taken by ground ambulance to a hospital. She was also wearing a protective helmet.
Police continue to investigate the accident though they believe that speed was not a factor.
We extend our sympathies to the injured and hope they recover quickly and completely.
We wish Taylor a complete and speedy recovery, and hope that this accident can serve as a reminder for all of us to be aware of the dangers motorcyclists face while sharing the road.
In fact, according to the NHTSA, motorcyclists are 16 times more likely to sustain serious injuries than drivers of cars in motor vehicle crashes. With this alarming rate of injury, it is vital that you take precautions as a motorcyclist and as a driver. While we should always be aware and careful when driving a car, we must redouble our efforts when motorcycles are near, because hitting one can be disastrous.
If you are involved in a motorcycle accident, there are several things you should do:
- Contact the police. If the police won’t come to the scene, you must report your accident to the DMV within 72 hours.
- Call an ambulance, if necessary.
- If you are able, exchange contact and insurance information with the other driver(s), passengers, and witnesses.
- Take photos. The more photos you have of the damage done to your motorcycle, the other vehicle, tire marks on the road, weather conditions, property damage, the intersection, your injuries, etc. the better.
- Take before and after photographs of any repairs made to your motorcycle, and keep all the record for those repairs.
In Oregon, motorcycle riders are not required to have Personal Injury Protection (PIP) insurance coverage, which is the no-fault insurance that covers medical bills in most auto accidents. But, if you are injured as a motorcyclist, your health insurance should cover your medical bills. Then your health insurance will be reimbursed once you have reached a settlement with the at-fault driver’s insurance company.
If you still have questions, concerns, or are unsure how to proceed, contact a Portland motorcycle accident attorney for a free consultation and case evaluation.