In 2010, a popular biking magazine ranked Eugene as one of the top five bike-friendly cities. Our city has miles of bike lanes and biking paths, with thousands of riders using these paths for recreation and for their daily commute. Despite these advances, automobile drivers can be negligent, impatient, and hog the road; even safe riders can be involved in an accident.
Unfortunately, pedestrians aren’t always safe, either – and unlike bikers, pedestrians are rarely wearing a helmet. In the case of car vs. human, the car almost always wins. From cuts and bruises to broken bones, traumatic brain injuries or even death, biking and pedestrian accidents are rarely minor, and they should be taken seriously.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a cycling or pedestrian accident with a negligent driver, your life has been greatly affected by fear, injury, or both. Jackson Jones Law is committed to helping those who have been victims of bike/pedestrian accidents, focusing on obtaining fair compensation while allowing you to focus on your recovery.
Motorists often don’t see cyclist or pedestrians, even if they are following the rules of the road. Even with highly visible clothing, a negligent driver can roll into an intersection, make turns without checking side mirrors, or aggressively reverse out of a parking space. If you’ve been hit by a car and have been injured, you might be wondering how to proceed – and if you are covered by your own insurance.
In the state of Oregon, if you have auto insurance, you have PIP coverage. PIP will immediately cover your medical bills and wage loss. Your auto insurance also can help you if you’ve been hit by someone who is uninsured under your uninsured motorist coverage.
Sometimes there isn’t actual contact between a cyclist and an auto – but the evasive action taken by the cyclist in order to avoid the car results in a crash with injuries. If this happened to you, there is still a chance you can see recovery for your damages if the driver’s negligence caused you to go out of your way to avoid being hit.
For many people in our area, cycling and walking is a way of life, and a way of commuting. For those cyclists and pedestrians that have been hit by a car, that way of life has been drastically changed. You deserve fair compensation for your injuries.
You need to focus on your recovery, and having a personal injury attorney navigate the waters of insurance policies and Oregon liability law is in your best interest. If you are a cyclist or pedestrian that has been hurt in an auto accident due to someone else’s negligence, it would be in your best interests to contact a personal injury attorney. Call the offices of Jackson Jones Law for your free consultation today.
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