On behalf of Berkshire Ginsberg, LLC posted Friday, September 13, 2013.
Full recovery from a bicycle accident can sometimes be challenging. Fortunately, legal options are available that would allow victims to receive the compensation needed to help with the many aspects of recovery. A car recently collided with a bicycle in Southeast Portland. The bicyclist was knocked form her bike and had to be taken to the hospital by ambulance. The bicycle was proceeding straight ahead in the bicycle lane when it was struck by the car, which was turning right. The driver claimed she did not see the bicyclist. It has not yet been determined if charges will be filed. Bicycle versus car accidents can be particularly dangerous for bicycle riders because of the unprotected nature of the bicycle. This leaves bicyclists vulnerable to the negligent actions of a driver, such as a distracted driver. The true extent of any injury related to a car accident may not be immediately known, as victims conditions may worsen in the days following an accident. Because bicycle accidents can lead to serious injuries, including broken bones and other injuries that can require long-term medical care, compensation from the negligent driver may be required to help the injured victim with the medical bills and other costs associated with the accident. This compensation can include both past and future medical expenses, as well as lost wages and lost earning capacity. The amount of damages awarded will depend on several factors, including the circumstances of the accident and the nature of the injuries. The physical, emotional and financial recovery following a bicycle accident may prove difficult for an injured victim. However, by taking legal action, victims may be able to obtain compensation for their injuries and damages. Source: The Oregonian, “Bicyclist, sedan collide in Southeast Portland; no serious injuries,” John Killen, Aug. 30, 2013