Our firm is based in Portland, Oregon, which is a haven for bicyclists.
Portland is a bicycle-friendly city filled with people who rely on their
bicycles as their main, and perhaps only, means of transportation. When
you have a dense, urban environment crowded with humans, however, you
inevitably have occasional clashes and crashes. Portland is no different.
According to the
Oregonian, between 2008 and May of 2013, 1,447 bicycle accidents were reported to
the Portland police. 1,167 of those accidents involved injuries, and 8
of them ended in death. The average number of accidents, however, remained
constant.There have been a number of unfortunate and perhaps avoidable
accidents involving bicyclists and automobiles in Portland over the past
few years. In August of 2013, college student Henry Schmidt was commuting
home from his restaurant job on his bicycle when he was struck by a car
and left for dead. A TriMet bus driver spotted him in the road and stopped
to offer assistance. In June of 2013, Mike Cooley was commuting home on
his bicycle in north Portland when he was hit by a truck. The truck driver
drove away without helping. In May 2012, Kathryn Rickson was killed in
downtown Portland when she was run over by a right-turning truck. It was
ruled an accident, and the truck was already in its turn when Rickson
rode up alongside the truck.
If you or someone close to you has been involved in a bicycle accident
and need advice or representation, contact
personal injury attorneys, Paulson Coletti. In addition, visit our site for more information on how we can help with
bicycle accident and injury representation.