At the Law Offices of Jon Friedman, our motorcycle accident attorneys in Portland understand just how vulnerable riders are on our roadways.
A portion of the size of a passenger vehicle, and designed to provide little protection for the rider, motorcycles are easily overtaken by much larger cars, trucks, and SUVs during a collision, which often leads to severe injuries and tragic fatalities.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, motorcyclists make up only 3% of the registered vehicles in the country but are responsible for 14% of all traffic-related fatalities.
Last year alone there were 4,985 motorcycle fatalities in the United States, 75 of which occurred in Oregon.
Approximately 100,000 other motorcyclists across the country survive these crashes but are injured as a result of the extreme collisions and pay dearly for the recovery necessary to get their lives back on track.
Our Portland motorcycle accident attorneys provide the representation injury victims need to pursue the negligent driver who caused their crash — or the loss of their loved one — so they can focus on their physical and emotional recovery while we handle their personal injury claim against the insurance company.
What are the Most Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents in Portland, Oregon?
According to the Oregon DMV, there are nearly 135,000 motorcycles registered in our state, which are highly outnumbered by the other 4.1 million registered vehicles that share the roadways with riders.
One common cause of motorcycle accidents is when a driver in a larger vehicle fails to see a motorcyclist and hits the rider. A common refrain after these collisions is, “I just didn’t see the motorcyclist.”
All drivers owe a duty of care to the motorists with whom they share the roads, which means they must look for other vehicles before changing lanes or making turns, and when they do not, their behavior can be considered negligent.
Other common causes of motorcycle accidents in Portland may include:
- Aggressive and reckless driving
- Dangerous road conditions
- Distracted driving
- Drivers making left turns in front of a motorcyclist
- Drivers who disobey traffic signs and signals
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Motorcycle defects
- Opening car doors without checking their surroundings
- Unsafe lane changes
If you have been injured in a motorcycle crash that was caused by another driver’s negligence, contact our Portland motorcycle accident attorneys today to learn more about your right to file a personal injury claim, so you are not left shouldering the costs of your medical care and lost wages.
What are the Most Common Motorcycle Crash Injuries in Portland, Oregon?
When riding a motorcycle, you do not have the protection that a car offers, like airbags, doors, or a roof. This reality leaves motorcyclists incredibly vulnerable to severe injuries if a collision occurs.
Some of the most common motorcycle collision injuries may include, but are not limited to:
- Cuts and scrapes commonly referred to as “road rash”
- Torn muscles, ligaments, and tendons
- Multiple fractures or broken bones
- Facial fractures and broken teeth
- Burn injuries
- Internal bleeding
- Damaged internal organs affecting their functionality
- Neck and spinal injuries with partial or complete paralysis
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Skin loss that requires grafting procedures
- Traumatic brain injuries with neurological damage
- Wrongful death
While our Oregon laws require all motorcycle riders and their passengers to wear a DOT-compliant motorcycle helmet when they ride, head trauma and traumatic brain injuries are still very common with motorcycle crashes.
The lifetime cost of a patient’s treatment for a traumatic brain injury is estimated between $85,000 and millions of dollars, depending on their unique medical needs and ongoing care requirements. When someone else was responsible for your motorcycle crash, they may also be liable for the financial compensation that accompanies your care.
Partnering with an Experienced Portland Motorcycle Accident Attorney to Pursue the Best Outcome for Your Unique Circumstances
Any unexpected expense can place our residents in significant financial trouble.
When they have been injured in a motorcycle crash caused by a negligent driver, the surprise nature of the collision combined with their need for medical care and time away from work to heal can devastate their financial condition.
Our Portland motorcycle accident lawyers will seek the compensation our clients need to focus on their recovery, not the stress of their injury circumstances.
Call Our Experienced Portland Motorcycle Accident Lawyers For A Free Consultation
If you have been injured in a motorcycle collision, contact our Multnomah County and Portland personal injury attorneys at the Law Offices of Jon Friedman today by calling 503-242-1440 for a free confidential assessment of your claim.