On behalf of Berkshire Ginsberg, LLC posted on Wednesday, April 10, 2013.
Bicycle accidents can result in serious injuries that can result in equally significant damages. A nine-year old boy was recently struck by a car while riding his bike in Oregon. The bicycle accident resulted in the boy being taken to the hospital by ambulance. The boy’s injuries were not specified. The driver of the car was reported to be 90 years old. Police noted that the investigation may indicate that the boy entered the roadway in front of the car. Bicycle accidents can result in serious injuries or even a fatality. When considering a lawsuit brought by an injured bicyclist seeking to recover damages for injuries or harm suffered in an accident with an automobile, the court will consider the negligence of the driver and will also consider if any negligence on the part of the bicyclist contributed to the accident. Driver negligence in a bicycle accident can include speeding, running a stop sign or drifting into a bike lane. A bicyclist’s negligence, on the other hand, can include riding the wrong way on a one-way street, running a stop sign or turning abruptly into traffic. Drivers typically owe a greater duty of care to children. In Oregon, a party can recover damages, such as for medical expenses or other types of damages, if the party was not more than fifty-one percent liable for the accident. If the party is less than fifty-one percent liable for the accident but still partly liable, the party’s recover of compensation will be apportioned according to that liability. Bike crashes can be very serious and often, unfortunately, involve children. Injured victims might find it necessary to pursue compensation when left with serious injuries. Source: The Republic, “9-year-old boy riding bicycle hit by car driven by 90-year-old man at Bend,” Author Unknown, April 2, 2013.