In 1999, 2472 motorcycle riders were killed and 49,000 were injured in traffic accidents in the United States. All states, including Oregon, require a separate driver's license endorsement in order to ride a motorcycle, but nearly one out of three riders age 15 to 18 use an invalid license. This means there are a fair number of young and inexperienced motorcyclists out on the road.
Motorcycles are more likely than other vehicles to be involved in a fatal collision with a fixed object. Motorcyclists are three times as likely as other drivers to be injured. The majority of Portland area motorcycle accidents result in head injuries, many of which could be avoided if the riders wore helmets. The lack of protection the drivers have, both for their heads and the rest of their body, is the cause of much injury.
Nearly every motorcyclist sustains injuries when he or she wrecks. If you're involved in a motorcycle accident in Portland or the surrounding area, it is a good idea to speak with a lawyer who knows about motorcycle accidents.
The lawyer will be able to review with you the special laws pertaining to motorcycles and their drivers. Indeed, investigating
a complex motorcycle accident on your own is very difficult: a lawyer, on the other hand, can determine the liable parties and has knowledge that will benefit the client. An individual without any expertise in motorcycle law may not be able to make a determination of liability
in a case that is not clear cut, like being rear-ended.
If you are the victim of a motorcycle accident, call the lawyers at Peterson Law Offices for help. We can handle all the negotiations and paperwork associated with your accident, and we'll do our best to get you the settlement you deserve. Contact Peterson Law Offices by phone at (503) 280-0888 to schedule a free consultation. We serve the Oregon and southern Washington areas and we have several years of experience handling motorcycle accident cases.