Bicyclist Hit By Sedan During “Right Hook” Collision
Date: August 30, 2013
Location: Hawthorne Boulevard, Portland
Name: Victim Not Named
Police report that the bicyclist was attempting to cross the intersection of Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard and 11th Avenue when the accident occurred. The bicyclist and a black four door sedan were both eastbound on Hawthorne Ave. The bicyclist kept going straight, but the driver of the sedan attempted to make a right hand turn.
The driver of the sedan, whose name was not released, reported that she did not see the bicyclist, who was traveling in the bike lane when the collision occurred. The bicyclist was not reported to be seriously injured and was awake and alert during the ambulance ride to the hospital.
The bicyclist’s name was not released and it was not reported if she was wearing a helmet. There did not appear to be any citations issued or arrests made in regards to this accident and the driver of the sedan cooperated with the police in their investigation.
We would like to express our best wishes for a fast and full recovery to the woman injured in this accident. We are very glad that your injuries were not as extensive as they could have been considering the circumstances.
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.