Salem Man Hospitalized after Motorcycle Accident

Date: January 31, 2015

Location: Quinaby Road NE and River Road North

Name: Juan Velazquez, Alfonso Acosta-Acosta

Salem Man Hospitalized after Motorcycle Accident

Late Saturday evening, a man was critically injured when his motorcycle collided with a car in Marion County.

The crash occurred at the intersection of Quinaby Road NE and River Road North when a motorcycle was headed northbound and collided with an Acura.

The motorcycle driver, Juan Velazquez, 22, of Salem, was critically injured and taken to Oregon Health and Sciences University. The driver of the Acura, 20-year-old Alfonso Acosta-Acosta, of Keizer, was treated and released from a local hospital.

We wish Juan Velazquez a full and speedy recovery.

With motorcycle accidents, the rate of injury and death is much greater than for normal car accidents because the rider is less protected than a driver. Unfortunately, this means a motorcycle rider is more likely to need serious medical treatment, and to have high medical bills.

If someone is injured in a motorcycle accident, like this one, there are several legal options. In Oregon, motorcycle insurance policy holders are not required to have Personal Injury Protection (PIP), though we recommend you have this, if possible. PIP can help pay medical bills and lost wages, no matter who is at fault, until the at-fault driver’s insurance can reach a settlement with the injury victim.

To reach a settlement with the at-fault driver’s insurance, the injury victim must show the bad driver’s insurance company three things:

  1. That their insured driver was negligent in some way.
  2. That the accident was caused by this negligence.
  3. That the injury victim suffered damages due to the accident.

If you have any questions about pursuing a motorcycle accident claim, call a Portland motorcycle accident lawyer for a free consultation. Make sure any lawyer you contact has ample experience with motorcycle laws, as this specialized area is different from car accident law.

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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 February 3, 2015, in Automobile Accidents, Motorcycle Accident, personal injury and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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