Most motorcyclists are acutely aware of the thrills and the dangers of riding a motorcycle, so they know to stay alert and drive defensively at all times. Unfortunately, careless or reckless drivers put even the most experienced bikers on the road at risk. If a motorcycle and passenger or commercial vehicle are involved in a crash, the biker is almost always the one who will suffer the most severe injuries or lose their life.
When negligent motorists fail to watch for motorcycles or fail to exercise adequate care and caution, they could be held liable for injury accidents they cause. The state of Oregon allows those who’ve been hurt to seek fair compensation for the harm they’ve suffered and losses they’ve incurred.
If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you might be entitled to compensation. Our experienced Portland motorcycle attorneys at Siefman Law LLC understand how overwhelming crashes can be. Our dedicated legal team will take the burden off your shoulders and will aggressively pursue the compensation you deserve.
Call us today for a free consultation to learn more about your legal options. We’re ready to help.
Unfortunately, one of the major ways motorcycle crashes differ from car collisions is that they tend to be far more catastrophic. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) data reveals that motorcycle riders are 26 times more likely to be killed in a crash than motorists are. They are also five times more likely to be injured in a crash than automobile drivers or their passengers.
Motorcycle riders don’t have safety apparatus to protect them, like the physical framework of a vehicle, airbags, or seat belts. Because motorcyclists lack this protection, motorcycle accident claims tend to demand more compensation.
Unfortunately, anti-biker bias can lead to discrimination in the aftermath of a wreck. Stereotypes about bikers and motorcycle culture can lead insurance adjusters to offer lower settlements. Some may even blame the motorcyclist for a collision they didn’t cause. Our knowledgeable motorcycle accident attorneys at Siefman Law LLC can help protect you from anti-biker bias.
While no two motorcycle accidents are the same, there are some common causes of these accidents, and most of them involve negligent drivers.
Unlike cars and trucks, motorcycles don’t have the safeguards that protect other vehicle occupants from collisions. When other vehicles or objects collide with motorcyclists, the victims bear the full force of the collision. Unfortunately, this means that motorcycle crash injuries can be severe and even catastrophic.
If you’re a biker in Portland and have been injured by a negligent driver, you might be entitled to compensation. Compensation from a personal injury claim covers losses such as:
It’s imperative to remember that insurance companies minimize and even deny claims because they are for-profit entities. Working with a skilled attorney to negotiate a fair settlement can protect your rights and interests. If the insurer won’t agree to the settlement you need, your attorney might recommend filing a personal injury lawsuit to seek fair compensation in court.
Under Oregon law, you have two years from the date of a motorcycle accident that results in injury to file a personal injury lawsuit. The clock usually starts ticking on the date you were injured, so don’t wait until it is too late to seek the compensation you need and deserve. Contact a Portland motorcycle accident attorney right away to discuss your rights and legal options.
If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle accident due to someone else’s negligence, get in touch with one of our attorneys at Siefman Law LLC now. We’ll work with you to independently investigate your claim, collect important documents like police reports and medical records, identify the at-fault party or parties, and negotiate a settlement with the insurer. Contact us for a free consultation today. Call (503) 395-2135 for more information.