Bicycle rider was struck and killed in Lane County

Date: June 4, 2014
Location: Warthen Road, Elmira
Name: Not Released

 

A bicycle rider was struck and killed in Lane County on Wednesday, June 4, 2014.

Police report that the 57-year-old bicycle rider was traveling along the eastbound stretch of Warthen Road, just west of Territorial Road. He then attempted to turn left across travel lanes into a driveway. Unfortunately, he crossed into the path of a pickup truck that was pulling a horse trailer.

The bicyclist was taken to an area hospital, where he passed away from his injuries. His name has not yet been released. It was reported that he was wearing a helmet at the time of the collision.

The name of the 63-year-old woman driving the pickup has not yet been released and no charges were filed or summonses were issued. The accident is still under investigation at this time.

This is the third bicyclist to die on Oregon’s roads this year and this was the second bicycle fatality this week.

We would like to express our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of the man killed in the collision. We are very sorry for your loss. Oregon motorists should also use this tragedy to remember to watch out for bicyclists, as they are among the most vulnerable users of the road.

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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 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.

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About Sean DuBois

Sean is a personal injury attorney in Portland, OR. He has been recognized by Super Lawyers Magazine as Oregon Rising Stars for the past four years because of his dedication to justice and fair compensation for his clients. If you need to speak with a lawyer about your injury case, Sean can be reached at 503-222-4411.

Posted on June 16, 2014, in Assault Attorneys, Bicycle Accidents, Oregon Personal Injury Attorney, personal injury, Portland personal injury attorneys and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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