Were You Injured in a Bike Accident?

Portland has the highest percentage of people who commute to work on bicycles of any major U.S. city. Unfortunately, careless drivers can take a toll on bicyclists. Car-bike accidents happen at a rate of more than one a day during some months of the year.

At Sokol & Foster in Portland, we represent bicyclists who are struck by cars in Oregon and southwestern Washington. Attorney David S. Foster understands the risks that bicyclists face, as he commutes to work every day on the bike. We offer a free initial consultation to discuss your case.

Determining Fault in Car-Bike Collisions

As long as you follow the rules of road and ride in bike lanes when available, you have the same rights as a person who operates a motor vehicle. For example, cars are required to yield to bicyclists at intersections when you have the right of way and must keep a safe distance from you when passing.

Some of the most common car-bike collisions occur when:

  • A car strikes a bicyclist in a bike path
  • A car makes a right turn in front of a bike
  • A car fails to yield the right of way to a bicyclist in an intersection
  • A car clips a bicycle when passing
  • A parked car opens a door in front of a passing bicyclist
  • Spilled gravel or another unsafe condition causes a bike to crash

Our lawyers will carefully review the circumstances of your accident to build the strongest possible case of negligence against the other driver. Even if you were partially at fault, you can still recover compensation as long as you were not 51 percent or more at fault.

Oregon bicyclists who are struck by cars are entitled to personal injury protection coverage regardless of who was at fault.

Contact Our Bicycle Accident Lawyers

If you were injured in a bike accident, our lawyers will work hard to get you the compensation you deserve. Call 503-575-9683 or complete our contact form to schedule a free consultation.