Portland Bicycle Accident Lawyer

Reputable Advocacy from our Team of Portland Trial Attorneys

Although Portland is an extremely bicycle friendly city, bicycle accidents still happen. On a national level, at least one bicyclist is killed in an accident every six hours. Paulson Coletti is an experienced law firm with a reputation for helping clients in uniquely difficult circumstances. We are also avid cyclists ourselves. In fact, Chuck Paulson still rides regularly a few days a week. We even joined him in riding 80 miles on his 80th birthday.

For our exceptional efforts pursuing justice on behalf of bicycle accident and other injury victims, Paulson Coletti was named to the list of "Best Law Firms" by U.S. News in the practice area of personal injury litigation – plaintiffs.

We have secured multiple successful verdicts for bicycle accident victims, including:

  • A confidential settlement for a bicyclist run over by a commercial garbage truck.
  • $929,000 verdict for a bicyclist who sustained a serious head injury

Our personal injury lawyers understand the challenges you are facing after a bicycle accident. We know that you may have many questions as you approach the possibility of taking legal action to pursue justice after your accident. We are here to answer those questions.

Share the Road with Cyclists

The attorneys at Paulson Coletti are strong advocates for road safety, particularly for bicyclists. Bicyclists are at a disadvantage due to their size, making it difficult for motorists to see them. Cyclists are also more vulnerable to injury due to their exposure to the open road. We encourage all motorists to share the road and watch out for bicyclists.

Protecting Your Rights After a Bicycle Accident

Bicycling is increasing in popularity in the Pacific Northwest as an eco-friendly form of transportation, exercise, and recreation. Unfortunately, some motorists have failed to adjust their driving to accommodate for the increasing number of cyclists.

Of all annual bike accident victims in the U.S., close to one million are children. These statistics underscore the daily dangers cyclists face, and they highlight the importance of protecting victims of bicycle accidents.

Approximately 75% of serious and fatal bicycle accidents involve head injuries. Other common examples of bike accident injuries include:

  • Broken bones
  • Knee injuries
  • Head injuries
  • Spinal cord damage
  • Neck injuries

What is being done to protect bicyclists in Oregon & Washington?

Only about 33% of all bike accidents involve automobiles, but these collisions account for the majority of serious injuries and fatalities. Drivers must learn to share the road, and legislative reform is a key contributing factor in this endeavor.

Many states are now enacting new laws to help protect cyclists and many cities are installing bike lanes, bike signals and bike-accessible trails to help protect cyclists. Another important aspect of protecting cyclists, however, is the ability to take legal action after a collision in which an automobile driver was at fault.

To learn more, or to schedule a free case evaluation with a member of our legal team, please call Paulson Coletti today.