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Oregon Motorcycle Accident Lawyer

The freedom and exhilaration of motorcycle riding, set against Oregon’s beautiful sceneries and busy roads, come with significant risks. According to the Oregon Department of Transportation, there were 915 motorcycle accidents in Oregon as of 2021, with 799 of these accidents resulting in injuries. This high rate highlights the vulnerabilities motorcyclists face on the road. Oregon’s popular riding routes attract many motorcycle enthusiasts, making it imperative for riders to have robust legal support. Having a knowledgeable Oregon motorcycle accident lawyer can be crucial in navigating the complexities of accident claims, ensuring that you receive the compensation and support you need for recovery.

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At Senft Injury Advocates, we understand the physical, emotional, and financial toll a motorcycle accident can take on individuals and their families. Our approach is centered on compassion and guidance, helping you find peace of mind and focusing on your healing. We prioritize your well-being, offering personalized legal strategies and hands-on support throughout the claims process. We can also help you connect with a trusted medical professional nearby to facilitate your recovery if in need of medical assistance. Choose us for dedicated advocacy that stands by your side when you need it the most.

Steps After A Oregon Motorcycle Accident

If you’ve been involved in a motorcycle accident in Oregon, taking the right steps immediately afterward can significantly impact the outcome of any potential legal case.

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Ensure Health & Safety

Move to a safe location if you can. Moreover, assess yourself and others for injuries. Call 911 if medical attention is needed.  Even if you feel fine, some injuries may not be immediately apparent.

Report The Motorcycle Accident

Contact law enforcement to file a report. Depending on the severity of injuries and property damage, Oregon may legally require you to report the motorcycle accident.

Gather Information

Swap contact and insurance details with the other involved parties. Take photos of the accident scene, including all vehicles involved, damages, and any relevant road conditions or signs.

Consult A Oregon Motorcycle Accident Lawyer

Before settling with insurance companies, consulting with a Oregon motorcycle accident lawyer can help protect your rights and ensure fair compensation.

Frequently Asked Questions

Our firm operates on a contingency fee basis, meaning you pay no upfront fees. We only receive payment if we successfully secure compensation for you.

  • Speeding: Oregon has extensive highway networks with long, open stretches that can often tempt motorcyclists to exceed safe speeds.
  • Poor Weather Conditions: Oregon’s weather also plays a critical role with frequent rain and fog. This can result in slippery road conditions and reduced visibility.
  • Alcohol Influence: Impairment due to alcohol affects both riders and drivers, hindering judgment and slowing reaction times.
  • Driver Inattention: The use of mobile devices and GPS navigation systems while driving is a significant contributor to distracted driving incidents.

  • Left-Turn Collisions: These accidents frequently occur when a vehicle attempts to make a left turn and either misjudges the speed of an oncoming motorcycle or fails to see the motorcyclist altogether. These collisions are common at intersections and are often severe due to the direct path of the impact against the motorcyclist.
  • Rear-End Crashes: Motorcyclists can be rear-ended by vehicles whose drivers are not paying attention or who underestimate how quickly a motorcycle can stop. These crashes often happen in congested traffic where stop-and-go conditions require constant attention and quick reaction times.
  • Accidents During Lane Changes or Passing: Motorcycles can easily fall into a vehicle’s blind spot, especially if the driver is not checking mirrors and blind spots before changing lanes. Motorcyclists on multi-lane roads are at risk of being struck by cars that change lanes without detecting their presence. The smaller size of motorcycles often keeps them hidden in car blind spots, increasing the risk of accidents.

If you’re involved in a motorcycle accident, you can typically claim two main types of damages: economic and non-economic damages.

  • Economic Damages: These cover monetary losses which include medical bills, lost wages due to inability to work, property damage, and potentially other out-of-pocket expenses related to the accident.
  • Non-Economic Damages: These cover losses that don’t have a specific dollar amount and are more subjective. They include pain and suffering, emotional distress, loss of enjoyment of life, and possibly disfigurement or loss of consortium if the injuries affect your relationship with your spouse. The calculation of non-economic damages can be complex and often depends on the severity of the injuries and their impact on your daily life. In Oregon, there are limitations and caps on non-economic damages in some personal injury cases. The Oregon Revised Statutes 31.710 caps non-economic damages at $500,000.

If you’re seeking to claim compensation for a motorcycle accident in Oregon, you’ll need to navigate through several key insurance coverages that are crucial for handling your claim:

  • Liability Insurance: If another driver is at fault, their liability insurance would typically cover damages for your injuries and any damage to your motorcycle. Ensure the other party’s insurance information is collected at the accident scene.
  • Personal Injury Protection (PIP): In Oregon, Personal Injury Protection is mandatory and serves as a critical component of your insurance coverage. Regardless of who is at fault, PIP coverage ensures that immediate funds are available for medical expenses and lost wages. This provision is especially beneficial in the immediate aftermath of an accident, as it covers necessary expenses while the claim is being processed.
  • Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Coverage (UM/UIM): If the at-fault driver does not have enough insurance or lacks insurance altogether, your UM/UIM coverage can compensate you for injuries and damages that exceed the other driver’s coverage limits. This is crucial in situations where the other party’s ability to pay is limited.

In Oregon, the statute of limitations for filing a motorcycle accident claim is typically two years from the date of the accident. This legal timeframe is crucial because it determines how long you have to initiate legal proceedings against the party at fault to seek compensation for damages or injuries sustained in the accident. However, there are some exceptions to this timeline. The typical two-year period to file a claim generally starts on the date of the accident. However, if injuries were not immediately apparent, the countdown might instead begin when the injuries were first discovered.

Oregon does have a motorcycle helmet law that mandates all motorcycle riders and their passengers to wear helmets. This requirement applies to everyone, regardless of age, and extends to mopeds as well. Oregon’s helmet law is enforced to enhance safety on the roads, aiming to reduce the risk of head injuries during accidents. Non-compliance with this law is considered a Class D traffic violation, and failing to wear a helmet can result in fines.

The ORS 814.290 does stipulate a few exceptions to this requirement. Riders are not required to wear a helmet if they are inside an enclosed cab or if riding in a parade, festival, or other authorized special events under certain conditions.

In Oregon, motorcycle accidents are more likely to occur in intersections and urban roads. The NHTSA reports approximately 35% of motorcycle accident fatalities occur at intersections. This is often due to drivers failing to notice oncoming motorcyclists or misjudging their speed, particularly during left-hand turns, which can lead to collisions with oncoming traffic.

Urban areas in Oregon also see a higher rate of motorcycle accidents, primarily due to the increased density of vehicles and more complex road layouts. High-speed roads and freeways are another common site for motorcycle accidents.  Given these risks, it’s crucial for motorcyclists to remain vigilant while navigating intersections, urban settings, and high-speed roads, and for all drivers to be aware of motorcycles on the road to prevent collisions.

Hiring an Oregon motorcycle accident lawyer is crucial due to the complex nature of legal proceedings following an accident. A specialized attorney will guide you through the intricacies of the legal system, ensuring that all procedural requirements are met, and your rights are protected. They will advocate vigorously on your behalf to secure the best possible outcome in your case. This includes negotiating with insurance companies and representing you in court to fight for the compensation you deserve.

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