Cycling is a way of life in Oregon, especially in the Portland area. In 2017, 6.3% of all Portland commuters relied on bicycles to go to work — this rate is significantly higher than the national average, which states that only 0.5% of commuters who bike to work.
However, more bikes on the road means that Oregon cyclists are at risk of a serious accident. Understanding Oregon’s bike laws can help you avoid a collision with a motor vehicle, as well as hold a negligent driver liable if he or she violates these laws.
Oregon law considers bicycles as vehicles, and as such, you carry the same rights and duties as an Oregon motorist. This means you need to obey any traffic signs and signals, including stop signs and red lights. You must also alert drivers and pedestrians to your turns and stops using the appropriate hand signals.
You must also adhere to the following bicycle laws:
While bicycle laws can protect you from harm, they cannot prevent a negligent driver from taking careless actions. If you suffer an injury in a bicycle accident, call 911 immediately and seek medical treatment. If you are able to move without danger or pain, you can take the following steps to preserve evidence.
You should also contact a Portland bicycle accident attorney after you receive medical treatment. A lawyer can help you navigate discussions with insurance companies, investigate your accident and build a compelling claim, and understand the damages you may qualify for. If you have not reached out to your lawyer already, schedule a consultation before speaking with any insurance representatives. At Tillman Law, our Portland injury lawyers can help you recover compensation after a serious accident. Contact us at our Portland office today to schedule a free case evaluation.