Oregon Motorcycle Accident Attorney Helping Injured Bikers
If you have suffered injuries as a result of a motorcycle accident in Oregon, the attorneys at the Law Firm of Kass & Moses are here to help you through your recovery process. Instead of haggling with insurance companies, hospitals, and law enforcement agencies, you should work directly with an Oregon motorcycle lawyer. He or she will fight to protect your rights and recover the compensation you need to move forward with your life. Our legal team's comprehensive knowledge of Oregon traffic law gives you an immediate advantage in your journey toward recovery.
Contact the Law Firm of Kass & Moses today for a no-obligation, free consultation and case evaluation. We'll examine your case, and work with you to determine your next steps — and we never charge a fee unless we win your case. We work on a contingency fee basis, and do not owe a penny until your case is settled. This means you do not have to worry about coming up with any attorney fees upfront. Instead, you can focus on recovering from your injuries while we strike to get you fair and just compensation from the insurance company.
We understand Oregon motorcycle accidents and the bias that bikers sometimes face when pursuing an insurance claim. We will treat your personal injury case seriously and give it the time and attention it deserves. Insurance adjusters are not working on your side. They put the insurance company first and work to limit your claims. We will fight for you and strive to get fair and just compensation for your losses.
Helping Injured Bikers in Portland, Salem, Eugene, and Beyond
Even relatively minor motorcycle accidents can result in lingering injuries in the form of chronic pain and mobility issues. In a matter of seconds, your life — and the lives of your family — can change forever. Mounting medical bills and lost wages could mean financial ruin, and biased insurance companies may attempt to unjustly blame you for the accident just to avoid paying a settlement. The Law Firm of Kass & Moses will stand up to insurance companies and fight to get you the compensation you deserve.
If you've been injured in a motorcycle accident, you need a dedicated Oregon motorcycle attorney working hard for you. Call Kass & Moses today to learn how we can help you move through the process of healing and getting your life back.
Motorcycle accidents often cause devastating injuries. From neck injuries and traumatic brain injuries to broken bones and soft tissue injuries, motorcycle crash injuries are often severe. In a car accident, minor injuries can occur, but most people walk away unscathed. Motorists are protected by seat belts, airbags, and the steel frame of their vehicle. But in an accident, there is little to protect the motorcycle rider.
Most bikers recognize that there are inherent dangers that come with riding a motorcycle. They accept the risk for the freedom associated with taking to the open road. And although bikers know the risk, no one expects to be involved in a crash. But over a thousand motorcycle accidents happen on Oregon roads each year.
The injuries sustained in these crashes can be devastating. Beyond the medical bills associated with receiving appropriate care, there are lost wages. So at a time in your life when you are receiving more bills than ever before, your income may be less than ever. On top of this, you experience pain and suffering. Motorcycle accident injuries are painful, and there is emotional pain and frustration that comes with debilitating injuries.
At the Law Firm of Kass & Moses, we can help you understand the amount of financial compensation you can expect in your motorcycle accident case. When you contact us, you will speak with a motorcycle attorney and receive a free case evaluation.
Common Injuries in Oregon Motorcycle Accidents
When an accident happens, motorcycle riders have little to protect their bodies. Unlike motorists who have seat belts and airbags for added protection in auto accidents, bikers are exposed to the brunt of the collision. Serious injury is common after a motorcycle accident.
One of the most common motorcycle accident injuries is traumatic brain injury, often referred to as a concussion. This head injury occurs frequently, even when the motorcycle rider wears a helmet. Although helmets do provide a tremendous amount of protection and greatly reduce the number of fatalities, concussions and traumatic brain injury can still occur.
Mild traumatic brain injury (TBI) can sometimes be overlooked. The initial symptoms often are blurred and missed simply due to the trauma of the crash. Signs of concussion or mild TBI can include a headache, confusion, difficulty concentrating, feeling dazed, speaking slowly or having a difficult time communicating in a flowing manner. Mood changes are also common with a concussion. Many of the signs of a concussion are similar to behaviors you might expect from someone who has been involved in a traffic accident.
More severe traumatic brain injury usually results in a lapse of consciousness. It can produce long-lasting symptoms that greatly affect your life. You may be unable to focus or concentrate. Your senses may be disrupted. You may experience great mood swings and have trouble relating to others. You may find you are more forgetful or struggle to do your job.
It is important to see a medical professional after your motorcycle accident to be assessed for a concussion and other injuries. TBI requires a period of rest, avoiding stimulus to the brain. This often means a few days or even weeks away from work. Some people may try to avoid taking time off from work. After all, few of us are prepared to go days or even weeks with no income, especially as medical bills are coming in. It is important, however, to get treatment for your injuries and to follow the advice of medical professionals.
Broken bones are also common in motorcycle accidents. Serious motorcycle accidents often result in numerous broken bones and soft tissue damage. These injuries require time and immobilization to heal and, in some cases, surgery will be required in order to stabilize the bones. Most broken bones heal in time, but as with head injuries, you may be required to spend a lengthy period of time away from work.
Road rash frequently occurs in a motorcycle crash. Road rash occurs when the skin is heavily abraded, usually from friction and scraping against the pavement. This painful injury can leave the skin scarred. Road rash to the hands, face, and other sensitive areas of the body can be especially upsetting. These injuries should be treated by a medical professional. Infection often occurs in areas affected by road rash, so follow all medical recommendations.
Spinal cord injuries, amputations, and neck injuries are also common in a motorcycle accident. Even with medical coverage, these injuries can result in thousands, or even tens of thousands of dollars in medical bills. Even if you have good health insurance, you may feel overwhelmed by the amount that you owe. Worse still, in many personal injury cases, the settlement offer from the insurance companies is not even enough to cover these medical bills.
Portland motorcycle accident attorneys put the needs of their clients first. They fight against the insurance companies for more than just medical expenses. A good motorcycle accident attorney will understand that proper compensation should include money for pain and suffering, lost wages, present and future medical costs, and all related damages. You simply should not have to suffer any more than you already have.
How Do Insurance Companies Respond After a Motorcycle Accident
After motorcycle accident cases, the insurance company quickly reaches out to discuss a settlement for compensation. Perhaps discuss, however, is too kind of a word. Usually, the insurance adjuster makes a low offer of compensation in an effort to get you to accept settlement and close your case. The amount they offer may not even be enough to pay your basic medical bills. It likely will not take into account your pain and suffering, lost wages, and other damages. In addition, it probably will not provide for future medical care or disability related to your personal injury.
We suggest that you let the insurance agent know that you will be working with an Oregon personal injury attorney. From there, we will take over your case. Our experienced motorcycle accident lawyers will go to bat for you, fighting for compensation that is fair and just under the law. You deserve to speak with a Portland motorcycle accident attorney to learn how you can bypass the insurance company and focus on your own recovery.
When you sign on with a motorcycle accident attorney from the Law Firm of Kass & Moses, you can rest assured with the knowledge that we have handled motorcycle personal injury cases for decades. We have recovered medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages, and other compensation for injured motorcycle riders across the state. Work with an Oregon personal injury attorney from our law firm and you will not be disappointed.
By putting your personal injury case in the hands of an experienced Oregon motorcycle accident attorney, you can focus on returning to health with the knowledge that your case against the insurance company is being handled. We pride ourselves in communicating regularly with our clients and are available to answer you call at any time. Contact us today at 1-800-MOTORCYCLE for a free consultation and learn how we can help you receive compensation for your motorcycle wreck.
What To Do Following Your Oregon Motorcycle Crash
If you have been involved in a Portland motorcycle accident or one elsewhere in Oregon, you should follow these basic guidelines. Adhering to our recommendations after your motorcycle crash helps preserve your rights. Ultimately, it may lead to you getting more compensation for your losses, as well.
Immediately after your crash, call 911 and have police and paramedics respond to the scene of your motorcycle crash. It is important to report your crash for several reasons. First, even if you do not notice any immediate injuries, you may suffer from hidden injuries. For example, experiencing a concussion can cloud your judgment and make you feel that you are okay even if you are not.
Also, in a motorcycle accident, your body is flooded with adrenaline. This chemical serves to block the initial pain and can make it so that you overlook some injuries. Paramedics are trained to assess you medically, and know what to look for when it comes to signs of concussions and other injuries. If you have experienced any significant injuries or are not sure, it is good to be transported to the hospital.
Emergency room physicians have special training to recognize and assess for possible injuries after auto accidents and motorcycle crashes. At the hospital, tests are performed to check for broken bones, internal bleeding, soft tissue injuries, traumatic brain injury, and more. These tests are important as they determine if serious injuries have occurred that may affect you now and into the future.
Be sure to follow all advice given by the emergency room doctor. Usually, the doctor in the emergency room will have you follow up with an orthopedic specialist or other doctor. This follow-up treatment is important for a couple of reasons. First, it is important to get proper medical care to heal your injuries as completely as possible. But also, it is important that the insurance company sees that you are following all medical advice. By doing so, you demonstrate that you have serious injuries and are taking the appropriate medical advice you have been prescribed.
For the reasons given above, it is important to have paramedics respond to the scene of your Oregon motorcycle accident. It is also important to have the police respond. The responding police officers will document the details of your case. They have experience handling auto accidents and understand how to determine exactly what occurred. They will collect information from potential witnesses that may be important when we analyze and recreate your motorcycle accident.
Often, the police will give citations to people involved in a motorcycle crash. It is important to understand that even if you are ticketed, you still may be able to collect compensation for your motorcycle crash. Police are not perfect and do make mistakes, and sometimes the blame is shared by multiple parties. It is good to have the police respond even if the other driver leaves the scene of the crash. There may be witnesses who observed what happened or video footage from nearby businesses that can be viewed to determine what occurred.
If you are mobile and feeling alright after your motorcycle crash, you may want to take some pictures at the scene. If you choose to, take them from multiple angles and be sure to take pictures of things like skid marks and areas where the paint has rubbed off your motorcycle or the vehicle that struck you. In addition to any vehicles involved, photograph any injuries.
Contact a Portland motorcycle accident attorney as soon as possible following your crash. It is not unusual to hear from an insurance adjuster as soon as the day after your crash. They will be eager to get you to settle your case for as little money as possible. They will offer you money in exchange for you signing a few documents.
Exercise caution! These documents they want you to sign state that you are settling your case and accepting this money for your damages. They may prevent you from receiving any further money in your case. Few injuries are resolved in a day or two. Many times, injured parties suffer pain and require medical care for weeks or even months, if not a lifetime.
Settling your case and getting a quick check may seem like a good decision in the short term, especially as you worry about medical bills and other possible costs associated with your motorcycle accident. But remember that it is rarely a good decision in the long term. The money you receive is often just a small fraction of what you are otherwise entitled to under Oregon law. In fact, it may not even be enough to cover your basic medical bills.
Remember that insurance adjusters are professionals who handle many auto accidents every day. Their goal is to get you to accept as little money as possible, and to settle your case as quickly as possible. They understand that if you speak with a personal injury attorney, you will likely hire them and end up collecting far more money in the long-run from the insurance company.
When you hire an Oregon motorcycle accident attorney, like one of the lawyers with the Law Firm of Kass & Moses, we will handle the insurance adjuster. We will talk with them so that you can focus on healing quickly from your injuries. We will handle these negotiations. We have the background and understanding to fight for your case and get you the compensation that you deserve for your injuries.
In the case of motorcycle accident fatalities, the insurance adjusters are especially aggressive. After the loss of a life, the insurance company knows well that you are entitled to significant damages. We know well that no offer of compensation can return the loss of a loved one. But in cases involving fatalities, we are especially mindful of the needs of the family involved.
Losing a parent or spouse devastates families both emotionally and financially. Emotional recovery takes time, and those wounds will never heal completely. You will always feel the loss of your loved one, especially during special times like birthdays and holidays. Financial recovery is possible, however. In personal injury cases involving the loss of a loved one, we carefully consider the financial needs of the family.
Our Portland motorcycle accident attorneys want to know that your family will be well provided for financially, both now and into the future. We focus on how best to meet your needs, and hold the insurance company and any other involved parties accountable for your losses. A wrongful death claim is serious and the client's insurance company should provide just compensation for such a major loss.
When you work with one of our Oregon personal injury lawyers, you can feel confident that we put you first. That is clear from the first phone call all the way to the time when you receive your settlement check. We are easy to reach and available to discuss your case any time. We strive to answer all of your questions and provide you with a clear understanding of what is happening and what to expect every step of the way.
Oregon Motorcycle Law
Requirements for legally riding a motorcycle vary from state to state. The Kass & Moses team can confidently answer your questions about the specifics of Oregon's motorcycle laws. Below are a few rules of the road that every local rider should keep in mind:
- A DOT-approved helmet must be worn by all motorcyclists and passengers.
- Oregon's Red Light Law applies to motorcyclists. This law states that a rider may proceed with caution through a red light, yielding to other vehicles, if a traffic light controlled by a vehicle sensor fails to detect the motorcycle after waiting one full cycle of the light, the rider may proceed with caution, yielding to other vehicles.
- All motorcycles are required to have a white headlight, illuminated at all times.
These are just some of the laws that affect Oregon motorcycle riders. It is important to hire a lawyer who is experienced in the law and knows just how the statutes of each state and jurisdiction will affect you. Make sure you hire an experienced motorcycle accident attorney. After decades specializing in the representation of injured bikers, we have seen it all and know how to get the law and your insurance company to work for you.
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