Motorcycles offer riders a variety of experiences not available in the typical passenger vehicle. Motorcycles provide the ability to control a lightweight, performance orientated vehicle that maneuvers on two wheels. Unfortunately, a single mistake can have tragic consequences. If you or a loved one have been in a fatal motorcycle accident, Contact us. Call 503-233-6507. This was the case in a recent motorcycle accident in Portland, Oregon. The accident occurred on a ramp from North Interstate Avenue to North Larabee Avenue. The driver of the motorcycle appears to have lost control and hit the guardrail. Upon impact, the driver was catapulted from the motorcycle and landed on the MAX tracks nearby. The driver was pronounced dead on the scene. Accidents like this can be avoided. Some tips to avoid an accident and reduce your risk of injury if you are in an accident include:
  • Know your surroundings. One of the leading causes for accidents with motorcycles involves hitting another vehicle. Other vehicles often cannot see the motorcycle, either because they are not actively looking for motorcycles or because the vehicle is smaller than others on the road and easily overlooked. Motorcycles can help reduce this risk by taking steps to increase their visibility. Wear bright clothing, invest in a helmet that stands out and drive with your headlight on.
  • Avoid tailgating. Although motorcycles have the power to stop in a manner comparable to a small vehicle, panic breaking poses unique risks for bikers. Most bikes have two separate brake-control systems: one for the front and another for the back. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, or NHTSA, notes that when bikers over break in these types of situations, they tend to over break the rear and under break the front. This can lead to complete loss of control of the bike.
  • Wear protective clothing and a helmet. Use of a Department of Transportation approved helmet significantly reduces your risk of injuries if you are involved in an accident. Protective clothing also helps, reducing the risk of road burn if thrown from the bike. It is also wise to have reflective material, helping further increase your visibility for other vehicles.
Unfortunately, even when these precautions are taken accidents can happen. If you are involved in a motorcycle accident that was caused by the negligent or reckless act of another driver, compensation may be available. This compensation could help cover the cost of medical and rehabilitative expenses, as well as lost wages and potential pain and suffering. Contact an experienced Portland motorcycle accident lawyer to discuss your situation and better ensure your legal rights are protected. Call 503-233-6507