On behalf of Berkshire Ginsberg, LLC posted on Friday, November 22, 2013.
A bicycle accident can mean damaging physical and financial consequences for victims. A hit-and-run driver seriously injured a bicyclist this summer in Portland. The driver, who was later identified through an investigation, was recently sentenced related to the accident. The woman was sentenced to three years in prison and three years of probation. She also received credit for time served and good behavior. The driver had her driver’s license suspended for five years. She recently pleaded guilty to charges of third-degree assault, felony hit-and-run and driving under the influence. The bicyclist she struck suffered broken bones and other serious injuries in the bicycle accident. A victim who is injured by a negligent driver in a bike crash may wish to bring a claim against the negligent driver in order to recover compensation to cover the costs of medical expenses, long-term medical care (if necessary) and other damages. An injured bicyclist can bring a claim against a negligent driver that was negligent, or reckless, in causing the accident that resulted in the bicyclist’s injuries. Often a criminal charge or citation against the driver, such as a drunk driver arrested in relation to an accident, may suffice to establish that the driver was negligent. In circumstances when a hit and run driver is involved but never identified, the victim may obviously still suffer damages. In such instances, the victim may be able to recover compensation for damages through uninsured or underinsured motorist policy coverage. As the recovery from a bicycle accident can be costly, it is important that injured victims understand the different options available to them. A trained personal injury attorney can help a victim better understand the purpose and process of bringing a claim. This can help ensure adequate compensation for damages necessary to achieve a successful recovery. Source: KATU, “Hit-and-run driver gets 3+ years in prison, probation,” Shannon L. Cheesman, et al., Nov. 15, 2013