Cyclist Loses Leg in SE Portland Crash
Date: May 10, 2015
Location: Southeast 26th Ave and Powell
Name: Alistair Stephen Corkett, Barry Scott Allen
Sunday morning a Portland cyclist had his right leg severed in a collision with a truck in Southeast Portland.
Alistair Stephen Corkett, 22, was riding south on Southeast 26th Avenue when he was struck by a pickup truck heading north. The pickup turned left in front of Corkett and a friend who was riding with him.
The truck driver, Barry Scott Allen, 42, was detained and released.
Corkett was in serious condition but is expected to survive.
We wish Alistair Stephen Corkett a full and speedy recovery, and we hope this accident serves as a reminder to drivers to be careful around Oregon bicyclists.
When a bicyclist gets hit by car, the injuries are often severe. As Portland bicycle accident attorneys, we understand the dangers and the consequences of getting hit by car.
In bicycle accident cases, injuries are often very severe. Even if you were wearing a helmet, make sure you are tested for traumatic brain injury – sometimes these are not immediately apparent until tests have been performed. Seek immediate medical treatment.
What You NEED to Know:
- If you have been hit by a car, you can file a claim with the auto insurance company of the person who hit you.
- Your own Personal Injury Protection (PIP through your own auto insurance) still applies in this type of case, so use your own auto insurance to pay medical bills until you settle your claim with the at-fault driver’s insurance.
- If you don’t have an auto insurance policy, then your health insurance will cover your medical bills. If you don’t have auto or health insurance, the at-fault driver’s PIP should cover your medical bills.
- The at-fault driver’s insurance should eventually cover all your damages, including medical expenses, lost wages, and even damage to your bicycle, up to the policy limit.
- You have two years (in most cases) to file a claim, but sooner is usually better. In some cases, like if the driver works for the city, state, or county, you could have deadlines as soon as 180 days.
- You should not sign a release with the other insurance company until you are sure you know the extent of your injuries and damages.
- The insurance adjusters for the bad driver are not your friends. Their job is to save the insurance company money by paying you as little as possible.
- In most cases, it is a good idea to hire a bicycle accident attorney to protect your rights because insurance company adjusters can be tricky.
If you have more questions about the personal injury process, what to do after being hit by car, or want to speak to an attorney, call 503-222-4411 or visit www.pdxinjurylaw.com.
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