Motorcyclist Dies After Losing Control on I-5

Date: September 27, 2015

Location: Interstate 5

Name: William R. Larson

Motorcyclist Dies After Losing Control on I-5

Sunday afternoon a Washington motorcyclist died after losing control of his bike on Interstate 5 near the Siskyou Summit.

William R. Larson, 70, of Toledo, Washington, was riding north on the interstate when he lost control of his 2004 Yamaha while making a right-hand turn. His motorcycle stuck four orange construction barriers before hitting the concrete barrier.

Larson was pronounced dead upon arrival at the hospital.

We extend our condolences to the family and friends of William R. Larson.

Police believe speed contributed to the cause of the accident.

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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