Motorcyclist Killed in North Portland Collision

Date: August 23, 2015

Location: North Marine Drive

Names: Joshua Michael Terry, Robert Somes

Motorcyclist Killed in North Portland Collision

Sunday evening a motorcyclist was killed after a collision with a pickup truck in North Portland.

A group of motorcycle riders, including 20-year-old Joshua Michael Terry, left Kelley Point Park and were riding eastbound on North Marine Drive.

Near the 6100 block, a pickup truck, that had left the park ahead of the group of motorcyclists, did a u-turn on Marine Drive to head back westbound.

Terry struck the pickup on the driver-side door area. The impact of the crash killed Terry.

The driver of the pickup, Robert Somes, 24, was injured in the crash.

The crash is still under investigation.

We extend our condolences to the family and friends of Joshua Michael Terry and wish Robert Somes 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.

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