Sisters Man Killed in Motorcycle Crash NW of Redmond
Date: April 12, 2015
Name: Shemaiah Gillan
Sunday evening a 29-year-old Sisters man was killed when his motorcycle left the road and struck a tree and fence.
Police reported to the accident on Northwest Helmholtz Way near La Mesa Lane where the victim was identified as Shemaiah Gillan. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Gillan was going around a right-hand turn when he failed to negotiate the corner on Helmholtz between El Camino and La Mesa Lanes. The motorcyclist was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash and it appears excessive speed is a factor in the crash.
We extend our condolences to the family and friends of Shemaiah Gillan.
The rate of injury and death is much greater for motorcycle accidents than for normal car crashes because the rider is less protected than a driver. Unfortunately, this means a motorcycle rider is more likely to suffer serious injury and need extensive treatment, which will mean high medical bills.
If someone is injured in a motorcycle accident, like this one, there are several legal options. Unfortunately in Oregon, motorcycle insurance policy holders are not required to have Personal Injury Protection (PIP) so most policies don’t have it. If the injury victim does have PIP, it will help pay medical bills and lost wages, no matter who is at fault.
To reach a settlement with the at-fault driver’s insurance, the injury victim must show the bad driver’s insurance company three things:
- That their insured driver was negligent in some way;
- That the accident was caused by this negligence; and
- 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.
Posted on April 17, 2015, in Motorcycle Accident, speeding and tagged el camino lane, la mesa lane, motorcycle accident, Motorcycle Crash, motorcycle death, northwest helmholtz way, redmond, shemaiah gillan, sisters, speeding, wrongful death. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.