Portland Man Injured in I-5 Motorcycle Crash near Kalama

Date: September 13, 2015

Location: Interstate 5

Names: Michael Collman, James T. Marrone

Portland Man Injured in I-5 Motorcycle Crash near Kalama

On Sunday afternoon, two motorcycle riders crashed on Interstate 5 north of Kalama.

Michael Collman, 40, of Portland, lost control of his 1978 Harley Davidson on the highway.

Another rider, James T. Marrone, of Vancouver, was following behind and collided with the Harley after Collman crashed. Marrone’s 1977 Honda caught on fire.

Collman was taken to the hospital for treatment of injuries.

Both riders were wearing a helmet and the accident remains under investigation.

We wish Michael Collman 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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