Motorcyclist Catches on Fire after Head-on Collision near Beaverton

Date: June 10, 2015

Location: Beaverton Hillsdale Highway

Names: Sean Henderson, Cindy Stanley

Motorcyclist Catches on Fire after Head-on Collision near Beaverton

Wednesday evening a motorcyclist caught fire after a collision with a car in Raleigh Hills on SW Beaverton Hillsdale Highway.

Sean Henderson, 23, of Portland, was driving a 2002 Kawasaki motorcycle pulled out of a parking lot into the median when a 2014 Hyundai Elantra was driving westbound in the center divider and they collided head-on.

Both vehicles immediately burst into flames. Bystanders helped pull Henderson away from the fire. He was taken to the hospital with non life-threatening injuries.

The Hyundai driver, Cindy Stanley, 56, was not injured and received a citation for improperly using a special turn lane.

We wish Sean Henderson a full and speedy recovery.

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:

  1. That their insured driver was negligent in some way;
  2. That the accident was caused by this negligence; and
  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 June 11, 2015, in Automobile Accidents, Motorcycle Accident, personal injury and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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