On behalf of Berkshire Ginsberg, LLC posted on Monday, November 12, 2012.
A picture is said to be worth a thousand words. The old adage was never truer as in the case of a recent serious accident between a pickup truck and a bicycle. One news site highlighted the bicycle accident with a dramatic picture showing the heavy vehicle pinning a crushed bike between its front bumper and a damaged iron fence enclosing a Dairy Queen. While riding with several other bicyclists westbound along Highway 26, a Portland woman attempted to maneuver across the travel lanes toward the parking lot of that same Dairy Queen. However, a pickup truck was also traveling west when the woman rode her bike into its path. At that time, the pickup hit the woman. The bike crash resulted in serious injuries to the woman. The investigation by the Oregon State Police is ongoing. The facts of the case may not present an easy solution as to who is liable for the damages. Car drivers should watch for bicyclists at all times. Bicycles are allowed to occupy travel lanes like any other vehicle. On the other hand, bicyclists must adhere to traffic laws. For instance, a cyclist involved in an accident may be contributorily negligent for not following road rules and being vigilant and mindful of other motorists. Additionally, if a motorist was not speeding or engaged in aggressive or careless driving at the time of a collision with a bike rider, there may be a real issue for that biker regarding ultimate causation and liability. Road safety is, in fact, a two-way street. While sharing the roadways, drivers should be charged with bike awareness and bicyclists should be aware of motorists. Source: OregonLive.com, Northeast Portland woman seriously injured in bike-vs-pickup crash in Manning, Victoria Edwards, Nov. 3, 2012