Motorcyclist Injured in I-5 Crash is Expected to Survive
Date: July 24, 2015
Location: Interstate 5
Names: Stephanie Bennifield, Gurprit Singh
Friday evening during rush hour, a motorcyclist was critically injured in a crash on Interstate 5 near the Rose Quarter.
Stephanie Bennifield, 42, of Gresham, was riding a motorcycle and crashed into the back of a semi-truck.
Bennifield suffered life-threatening injuries but is expected to survive at a local hospital.
The truck driver, Gurprit Singh, 36, of Kent, Washington, was not injured and is cooperating with investigators.
We wish Stephanie Bennifield 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:
- 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.
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