Portland Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
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If you or a loved one have been injured in a motorcycle accident in Oregon, and the other driver is at fault, their insurance company may be responsible for your damages. A Portland motorcycle accident lawyer who has experience aggressively litigating serious motorcycle accident lawsuits, will be familiar with important things like:
- The unique aspect of motorcycle accidents, including biodynamics and injuries.
- Motorcycle defects and recalls
- Specific motorcycle accident laws in Oregon and Washington
- Tactics used by insurance companies.
The Portland motorcycle accident lawyer of Flynn Law Firm takes on challenging cases to get the best compensation the law allows for our clients. Call us today at 503-303-0600
Motorcycles don’t have many of the safety devices that are found in most cars. Two-thirds of motorcycle accidents are caused by the other driver, NOT the motorcyclist. However, the motorcycle rider is 30 times more likely to die in an accident than the driver of the car or truck which hit them.
Motorcycle Accident Injury Claims
With a motorcycle accident in Portland, Gresham, or anywhere else in Oregon, injured riders can assert claims or lawsuits against those who caused a crash. Injured riders can recover damages for pain and suffering, emotional distress. Motorcyclists can seek actual compensation for their injuries, which may include medical costs, lost wages, future lost wages, and future lost and pain and suffering.
Insurance Negotiations for Motorcycle Accidents
After a motorcycle accident, your lawyer can speak with and negotiate with, the other party’s insurance company to negotiate a settlement for costs resulting from the accident. Injuries sustained in motorcycle accidents are generally far worse than traditional car wrecks. Sometimes, negotiations can lead to a satisfactory pre-suit settlement, if the medical records, bills, and damages are presented in a persuasive and informative way to the insurance carrier for the at-fault party. Flynn Law Firm routinely uses expensive medical illustrations and “day-in-the-life” videos of its clients when presenting demands for settlements — something most other lawyers are unwilling, or unable, to do. If these negotiations are not successful, Flynn Law Firm will litigate your case aggressively.
Negligence in Motorcycle Accidents
Motorcycle accident lawsuits are based on negligence, in other words, the other driver’s failure to maintain a reasonable standard of care and awareness on the road, and “negligence per se” which uses the violation of traffic laws and rules of the road by the at-fault driver to establish negligence. The initial investigation by your lawyer can help to prove the other party acted irresponsibly, did not follow traffic laws, or failed to pay attention to their surroundings. To win in a negligence lawsuit, your motorcycle accident attorney must show the defendant did not exercise the proper standard of care, this breach caused the accident, and the accident caused the motorcyclist’s injuries. Possible parties could include negligent drivers, reckless drivers, or drivers under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
PRODUCT LIABILITY FOR MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENTS
Many motorcycle accidents are caused by the defective design of the motorcycle, or the failure to warn and instruct foreseeable users of a motorcycle of the dangers and hazards of the product. Attorney Jonah Flynn has spent nearly two decades litigating product liability cases all over the country. He has recovered millions on behalf of those severely injured by defective products, and If the cause of a motorcycle accident is due to a defect of the motorcycle, the motorcyclist may have a product liability claim against the manufacturer. In some cases, the bike manufacturer will be held liable for injuries sustained as a result of bad design, failure to warn, or a manufacturing defect.
Some of the most common motorcycle defects include the following:
Frame – Frame fractures can lead to a serious accident caused by structural failure. When motorcycle frames cannot withstand typical riding conditions, they are prone to crack, exposing critical portions of the frame to rust or other external conditions which can lead to catastrophic injuries.
Fuel tank – When a fuel tank has a design flaw, it can be prone to dangerous leaks. The tank leaking gasoline is a common cause of motorcycle fires. Fuel leaking from a carburetor can cause a bike engine to explode.
Brakes – Defective brakes have been a problem in the motorcycle industry for years. For example, Suzuki motorcycles have been equipped with defective brakes for over a decade, beginning with complaints from Suzuki racing in the 2000s. Although it is alleged that the Suzuki company knew about the defect for years, the first recall in the U.S. was not issued until November 2013. Over 400,000 bikes encompassed the recall, including 2004 through 2013 Suzuki GSX-R600 and GSX-R750 models, and 2005 through 2013 Suzuki GSX-R1000 models.
Suzuki recalled these motorcycles because the front brake master cylinder caused brake fluid to interact with materials in the front brake master cylinder, which can lead to corrosion and the release of hydrogen gas. Hydrogen gas in a hydraulic brake system renders the brakes inoperable and puts riders at risk for serious injuries and fatalities. Defective, improperly designed baking systems can lead to serious injury and even death.
Brake failure is a horrific experience on any vehicle, but motorcyclists also lack the protection of a vehicle frame during a collision. The inability to stop increases the risk of an accident and may cause a crash at high speed.
If you have lost a loved one in a motorcycle accident, you may be able to recover compensation with an Oregon wrongful death lawsuit. An attorney can help you prove the negligence of the other driver, and that it was the cause of death.
Flynn Law Firm, LLC may be able to help you recover compensation for the following:
- Past and Future Medical Expenses: Medical expenses for emergency room visits, hospital visits, orthopedic visits, orthopedic surgery, shoulder surgery, appointments with a doctor due to the accident.
- Lost Wages: Injured motorcycle accident victims are entitled to lost wages, both past, and future, suffered as a result of a motorcycle accident.
- Pain and Suffering: Motorcyclists injured in an accident may seek compensation for pain suffered as a result of injuries sustained in the crash.
- Mental Anguish: Victims and families may also receive awards for emotional suffering incurred as a result of the accident. This can compensate the victim for fright, embarrassment, nervousness, worry, grief, and other forms of emotional distress.
- Loss of Consortium: The uninjured spouse of a motorcyclist injured in an accident may be able to recover damages for loss of marital benefits, including companionship, sexual relations, affection, and comfort.
CAUSES OF Oregon Motorcycle Accidents
Some causes of motorcycle accidents include the following:
- Motorcyclists are around 16 times more likely to die, and 3 times more likely to be injured, when compared to passenger car drivers as the result of a crash.
- Motorists turning in the path of a motorcycle cause approximately one-third of car/motorcycle accidents
- An overwhelming majority of motorcycle accident victims, nearly 85% in the United States are male, and most are between ages 20 and 29.
- The majority of motorcycle accidents occur during the day at intersections.
- Failure to yield to a motorcyclist is a leading cause of injury.
Motorcycle Accident Injuries
Personal injuries resulting from a motorcycle accident can often lead to major injuries or even death. We often see motorcycle accident injuries such as:
- Loss of limbs
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI) and death
- Broken bones
- Also, serious burns
- Facial fractures
- Shoulder Fractures and Shoulder Ligament tears
- Road rash
- Spinal injuries
Contact a Portland Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
Many motorcycle accident injuries require several months or years of medical treatment. This causes loss of income, and also, expensive medical bills. This can be devastating for your family, and yourself. Only an experienced personal injury trial attorney can help make sure that you are financially taken care of during this time.
Flynn Law Firm is dedicated to helping clients repair their lives after tragic incidents because we believe each victim of a preventable accident deserves justice. If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, we can use the extensive experience and aggressive negotiation skills of our head attorney to fight for the compensation to which you are entitled. Our careers are devoted to representing those who have been seriously injured or killed due to the wrongful actions of others, and we may be able to help you as well. You do not need to endure or suffer from, pain and medical bills caused by motorcycle accidents — accidents that are preventable if the commercial truck and passenger car drivers would simply pay attention to their surroundings and avoid causing accidents with motorcyclists.
At Flynn Law, we work on a contingency fee basis, meaning you pay nothing for our legal services unless we obtain compensation on your behalf. If you or a loved one is injured in a motorcycle crash, Flynn Law online or call for a free case evaluation.