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The state of Oregon boasts a vibrant motorcycle community and some of the best riding routes in the country. Gorgeous scenery and varied terrain offer motorcyclists of all levels of experience an opportunity to take advantage of our great state. But, as most Oregon motorcycle riders know, getting around on two wheels instead of four comes with its own inherent risks.
According to the Oregon Department of Transportation, there were 786 motorcycle accidents in 2020. While this raw number is startling enough, the fact that they resulted in 752 injuries and 71 deaths is downright alarming. Statistically speaking, an Oregon motorcycle wreck is almost 100% likely to cause injury and has a roughly 9% chance of proving fatal.
When they do, a victim can be left with severe injuries and massive medical bills, or a family can be left without their loved one.
At Metier Law Firm, we believe that responsible motorcyclists shouldn’t have to pay for the reckless actions of negligent drivers. If you or someone you know has been hurt in a motorcycle accident anywhere from the Pacific coast to the Snake River, please give our Portland office a call. Our team of Oregon motorcycle accident lawyers will hear your account of the event, evaluate the evidence, and we will provide you with a free consultation about your case. With the Metier team, you’re not alone in this.
Motorcycle riding is dangerous by nature, but our state presents some unique challenges to even the most experienced bikers. Our weather, infrastructure, and economy all play a part in what makes riding a motorcycle in Oregon so dangerous.
The weather throughout the state is incredibly varied, with certain regions regularly inundated with rain and others dry enough for devastating seasonal fires. Wet roads can be slick, traffic during an evacuation is chaotic, and in the winter, any number of things can make a motorcycle accident more likely.
A large proportion of motorcycle crashes occur at intersections, with right-of-way errors being the second most common cause of collisions in 2020, just behind driving too fast for the conditions. While much of this can be explained by simple inattention, every Oregon motorist knows that there are some poorly designed and maintained cross-streets all over the state.
Oregon’s population has been steadily increasing in recent history. This influx of people has also increased the amount of motor vehicles on our roads see each year, from more cars in the cities to more trucks on the highways.
While there is still no national motorcycle helmet use law, the state of Oregon does require the wearing of a DOT-approved helmet for every operator and passenger, regardless of age. But, even when you take the proper precautions, the odds of getting into a motorcycle accident in Oregon are not in your favor. If you get injured in such an accident, call Metier Law Firm for a free case evaluation.
A traumatic experience like a motorcycle crash can change a person’s priorities in a flash. Especially in the event of catastrophic injury, an Oregon motorcycle accident victim’s focus is likely to be on their recovery and their loved ones. It may seem like a personal injury claim is the least important thing in the moments after a wreck, but those very same moments can be some of the most critical to getting you fair compensation for your damages.
Depending on the severity of the accident, the first thing you should do is to protect yourself from further harm. Get yourself to a safe place, and check yourself for major injury. If you are in a state to do so, make sure to take the following steps:
Call 911 and make certain a police report is filed.
Document the damages to yourself and your motorcycle.
Exchange details, including name, phone number and insurance information, with anyone else involved.
See the doctor for an evaluation and get a copy of the medical report.
Collect, compile, and preserve any evidence, including medical expenses, therapy costs, repair bills, and the clothes you were wearing.
Contact an experienced Oregon motorcycle accident attorney for a free case consultation.
A typical personal injury law firm will handle almost every aspect of filing your claim. Generally, this means they will compile the evidence, build a case, negotiate a settlement with the insurance company, or represent you in a court of law, if need be. The knowledgeable motorcycle accident attorneys at Metier Law Firm will do all that for you as well, and more.
We believe our clients who have been injured in a motorcycle wreck deserve more than a lawyer to represent them. They need someone to listen to them, guide them, and be there for them in their time of most need, and we’ll be there when you need us, too. Call our office in Portland to talk with our caring legal team today, and ask about our SafeRider™ accident investigation and legal services.
For more than 30 years, our dedicated team of Oregon personal injury lawyers has been standing by motorcycle accident victims and their families, from Portland to Ontario, and everywhere in between.
When you call us toll-free at (866) 377-3800, we will take the details of your motorcycle injury case and apply our decades of experience, evaluating the evidence and providing you with a personal case consultation, at no cost to you. If we are able to help, our legal team will get started preparing the strongest case we can for your accident claim.
Riding a motorcycle should be safe and enjoyable, especially in as beautiful a place as this. But a crash can make it quite the opposite for injury victims. So, if a motorcycle accident in Oregon has taken you away from the activities and people you enjoy the most, call Metier Law Firm, ask about our SafeRider™ accident investigation and legal services, and get back to the things you love.
Many motorcycle accident claims are brought by riders who were injured in single-bike accidents. Some of these accidents are due to defective parts and hardware, and an experienced product liability attorney can help you understand why the crash occurred and how to attribute liability to the responsible party. In other cases, accidents are often caused by hazardous road conditions.
These conditions include, but are not limited to:
Far too many injured riders receive little, or no compensation because they are unable to identify what caused their accident after it occurred. No matter what contributed to your accident, it is important to contact an experienced motorcycle injury attorney as soon as possible so that they can begin investigating the cause of the accident.
At Metier Law Firm, we have access to premier investigative resources that have helped our clients recover hundreds of millions in settlements and verdicts.
We recommend contacting an attorney in your home state as soon as possible to discuss your options. In some cases, a motorcycle injury attorney in your home state may be licensed to practice in other states as well. Even if an attorney in your home state is not licensed to practice in the state in which you were injured, they may be able to refer you to skilled motorcycle accident attorneys in that state. In either case, contacting an attorney in your home state provides you with easy-to-access guidance as you pursue compensation for your injuries.
The damages involved in a personal injury case typically include economic and non-economic damages.
Economic damages are easily calculable such as:
Non-economic damages are losses or burdens incurred by the accident that are not as easily calculated.
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