Tigard Woman Dies in Crash while Learning to Ride a Motorcycle

Date: February 22, 2015

Location: Multnomah Arts Center

Name: Tara Freemole

Tigard Woman Dies in Crash while Learning to Ride a Motorcycle

A woman was killed over the weekend while learning to ride a motorcycle in Southwest Portland.

Tara Freemole, 60, of Tigard, was riding a 2011 Harley Davidson 1200 Sportster in the parking lot of the Multnomah Arts Center when she hit a curb and crashed into a parked car.

Police indicate she was wearing a helmet but died from suffering head trauma.

We extend our condolences to the family and friends of Tara Freemole.

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.

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