Portland Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
Motorcycle Accident Attorney Patrick Angel Handles Motorcycle Accidents in Oregon
At Angel Law PC we are prepared to do whatever is necessary to get the financial recovery our motorcycle accident clients deserve. Angel Law PC is located in downtown Portland but a motorcycle accident attorney at Angel Law will work with motorcyclists from all over the state of Oregon who have been injured in motorcycle accidents. We pride ourselves on redefining accessibility and will visit our clients at the farthest reaches of the state.
Most motorcycle accidents are caused by a motor vehicle, a car, truck or SUV making a left turn in front of a motorcyclist's right of way at an intersection. There are other accident scenarios involving motorcycles, but the left turning car is unfortunately the most common cause of motorcycle accidents and one that motorcyclists should be very aware of. Most often the accident is caused by the driver of the car or truck failing to see the oncoming motorcycle approaching. In almost half of all motorcycle accidents, the driver's view of the motorcycle is limited by glare or obstructed by other vehicles. In these cases, the motorcyclist has less than two seconds to successfully complete an evasive maneuver to avoid the collision!
According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), based on data gathered in 2004 motorcyclists were nearly 34 times more likely to die, and 8 times more likely to be injured in a motor vehicle crash than were passenger car occupants. And motorcycle riders between the ages of 16 and 24 are most likely to be involved in a motorcycle crash.
Insurance companies sometimes unfairly distort this fact at trial and suggest to the jury that motorcycle riders get seriously injured at statistically more frequent rates than car drivers, therefore motorcycle riders themselves must be risk takers, reckless or careless. It's an unfair tactic and a motorcycle rider injured due to the negligence of a driver needs a motorcycle accident attorney with the knowledge to anticipate and defend against insurance company tactics like this.
The fact is that motorcycle crash studies indicate that motorcycle riders are most often not at fault in multi-vehicle crashes - not the risk takers motorists and insurance companies like to think they are. Motorcycle crash studies also reveal that motorcyclists involved in accidents had an average speed of under 30 mph before the crash and a crash speed of only 21.5 mph. These motorcycle travel speeds are not the high risk speeds many people attribute to motorcyclists, and actually are rather conservative speeds for most close-in city driving where the majority of accidents occur.
If you've been a victim in a motorcycle accident, or someone you care about has, contact an experienced attorney at Angel Law PC to help you protect your rights and recover the financial compensation you're entitled to. A motorcycle accident is often one of the more serious accidents someone can be involved in, often accompanied by more serious injuries and higher medical costs. Unfortunately, almost every motorcycle accident involves injuries. An Oregon motorcycle accident attorney at Angel Law PC can help you.
Angel Law PC urges any motorcycle rider to take a motorcycle safety course. Consult your local department of motor vehicle (DMV) office for recommendations about available courses.
You can also find information about motorcycle safety at MotorcycleAccident.org. For helpful information about safe riding tips, try the
Motorcycle Safety Site. And read our own
blog article at Angel Law about motorcycle safety.