Gresham, Oregon sees thousands of bicyclists on its roads and sidewalks each year. Cycling is an environmentally friendly way to get around. The City of Gresham encourages biking by attempting to improve the safety of its streets and maintenance of its riding surfaces. Unfortunately, these measures are not always successful.
The most recent bicycle accident statistics for the State of Oregon (2017) reported 764 bicycle accidents. These accidents caused 761 bicyclist injuries and 10 deaths. At Tillmann Law, our Gresham bicycle accident attorneys have years of experience representing clients in this practice area. Call (503) 272-8986 today to schedule your free legal consultation in Gresham.
If you frequently bike around Gresham, it is important to learn all the laws and regulations that relate to you. As a vulnerable road user, following the rules could decrease your risk of getting into a collision. It could also enable you to protect your claim to damages against a defendant who might otherwise allege comparative fault to reduce your recovery award.
Oregon has many other bicycle laws you should know before your ride. Also learn the municipal rules your city or county might have in place. In Portland, for example, the law prohibits bicyclists to ride on downtown sidewalks. Obeying the laws that apply to you could keep you out of the path of a motor vehicle driver. It could also optimize your chances of obtaining financial compensation after a wreck.
A bicyclist faces a high risk of serious bodily injuries in a collision with a motor vehicle. The crash could throw the bicyclist off his or her bike and into the oncoming car or roadway. A lack of safety protections increases the cyclist’s risk of injury. For example, even if wearing a helmet, the bicyclist could strike his or her head and suffer a disabling brain injury. At Tillmann Law, we can represent victims in Gresham with all types of bike accident injuries.
On top of significant physical injuries, a bad bicycle accident could also inflict substantial emotional harm on a survivor. The bicyclist might not be able to get back on his or her bike without suffering flashbacks or anxiety about another accident. An accident could lead to long-term psychological health problems, including depression or post-traumatic stress disorder. At Tillmann Law, we can help bicyclists seek fair compensation for all their damages: physical, emotional, and financial.
A bicycle accident can be life-changing. Luckily, you do not have to accept your losses without a fight. Hiring a Gresham bicycle accident lawyer from Tillmann Law in Gresham could help you achieve a fair recovery from the at-fault party. Discuss your case in detail with our attorneys today. Call (503) 272-8986 or request a free evaluation online. We also offer services in Portland, reach our Portland bicycle accident lawyer.