Bicyclist Injured Following NW Portland Accident
Date: March 27, 2014
Location: Northwest Killingsworth Street, Portland
Name: Ryan Egge
Ryan Egge was riding his bicycle in the neighborhood of Northwest Killingsworth Street. As he was driving through a convenience store parking lot, he was hit by a Dodge Dart driven by an unnamed 64-year-old woman.
Egge suffered a head injury in the accident. He was taken to an area hospital, where he remains in critical condition. He is expected to survive though it is not known if he will have any permanent injuries.
The woman was not reported to be impaired. She stayed at the scene to help in the investigation. Police have not issued any citations yet, but have not ruled out the possibility. Police do report that the bicyclist was driving very fast at the time of the accident.
We would like to express our best wishes for a fast and full recovery to the man injured in this accident, Mr. Ryan Egge. It is very fortunate he was not killed or more seriously injured. Motorists should take this as an opportunity to remember to look out for pedestrians as weather conditions improve and more take to the roads.
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.