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Who is liable for a bicycle-car accident?

Bicycles are a common form of transportation for Portland residents. They are small and easy to maneuver through the city, and they are environmentally friendly alternatives to motor vehicles. Many people who drive to work each day choose to ride their bikes for fitness and recreation when they are able, and Oregon children often work hard to master the challenges of pedaling on two wheels.

With cycling being a big part of the community's collective life, drivers should be used to seeing bikes and riders out on local roads. However, too often encounters between cars and bikes end in tragic and sometimes fatal collisions. Readers of this blog may wonder just who is liable when a vehicle and a bike are involved in a crash.

Speed may have been a factor in fatal Oregon car accident

Many people travel during the holidays to visit friends and family members who live far away. Portland residents may pack up their cars and travel by road to see those that they love while others may stay home and let visitors come to them. Wherever they go and however they plan to get to their destinations, drivers should always prepare for dangers when they get behind the wheels of their vehicles.

A sad holiday week accident recently occurred in Oregon and cost an out-of-state visitor her life. According to reports, a 25-year-old New Jersey woman was a passenger in a vehicle that was traveling on Tualatin Highway. Their car was struck head-on by another vehicle that apparently crossed the median of the highway and traveled into their lane. According to law enforcement officials, the woman was transported to the hospital where she later died.

Why was my claim for workers' compensation denied?

An injury at work can be a difficult event to get past. An Oregon resident who suffers on-the-job injuries may feel as though they have been victimized twice - once when they suffered their harm and once when they had to leave work and lose pay to recover from it. Seeking workers' compensation benefits may be their best option to get by as they recuperate from their injuries.

Workers' compensation is financial support that employees may collect when they suffer accidents at their places of work. In exchange for taking workers' compensation, a hurt worker generally gives up their rights to sue their employer for any damages they may have endured from their job-site harm. When a worker is able to come back, their workers' compensation benefits end, and their regular pay may begin again.

Your workers comp case and the IME

Workers compensation can offer injured workers a way to get benefits that can help cover medical expenses and lost earnings. However, the application process in Oregon involves several steps where it is essential to follow technical requirements and meet deadlines.

One part of the process that often confuses applicants is the Independent Medical Examination. The following provides a basic outline of what this means and how it works. Your attorney can give you more detailed advice based on your case.

Car accident injuries can be serious and costly

The trauma of surviving a car accident can last for years. Individuals who have experienced serious crashes and who have suffered the physical and emotional harm that can result from such incidents understand that time may not heal all of their accident-related wounds. An Oregon resident who is injured in a crash can suffer from many different types of harm, some of which may not ever completely heal.

Car accidents can inflict common injuries on their victims, such as broken bones and bruises. However, they can also impose more significant injuries on individuals, such as traumatic brain injuries and spinal cord damage.

Shared electric scooters on Portland streets for now

Shared electric scooters have arrived in the Portland area and will be around for at least a couple more months as the city gives the concept a trial period. Many Oregonians see these scooters as a great alternative to walking in congested areas, like downtown, without having to lug around a bicycle. Using a scooter to go from place to place is still environmentally friendly, and it saves time. Other residents may even choose to try this new mode of transportation out just for the experience of it.

However, the city's cautious optimism about this new transportation trend may be justified. There are several reports of serious accidents happening around the country in cities where these scooters are allowed. The injuries from these accidents include soft tissue injuries and broken bones, including missing teeth.

Pedestrians are often left with permanent injuries after crashes

As this blog has discussed before, Portland a city of people who like to walk places. Many walk to work and school or, at least, to and from the nearest bus or MAX stop. Given that Portland is a great place for hiking, running or just walking, one will also find many pedestrians who are out and about just for pleasure.

Pedestrians are perhaps the most vulnerable people on Portland's roads and sidewalks since they have no protection from the blow of a vehicle. As a result, pedestrians often get the worst of it when a motorist accidentally or recklessly hits them.

Oregon's distracted driving laws seem to be working

As readers of this blog would probably know, drivers both in the Portland area and throughout the state now have to follow Oregon's relatively new anti-distracted measure. This law bans almost all usage of hand-held cell phones, regardless of whether a person is actually texting, searching the web or even just having a conventional phone conversation.

According to one report, the law seems to be having its intended effect. The law went in to effect throughout the state last fall, a little over a year ago. At that time, sources estimated that the average Oregon motorist was driving distracted, that is by their cell phone, at well over 10 percent of the time. A few months later, after the law went in to effect, this percentage had fallen to about 9 percent.

Toyota recalls hybrid Priuses because of stalling risk

Toyota recently announced the recall of 2.4 million of its Prius model, a hybrid car. This is a worldwide recall, but over 800,000 of the affected models are in the United States. Being that Portlanders are environmentally conscious, it would not be surprising at all that some of these vehicles are being driven in this city.

According to media reports, the reason for the recall is that these vehicles may stall without warning. In other words, their engine would simply cut out as the vehicle traveled down the road. Of course, losing engine power also means a driver loses control over the vehicle in other respects as well, although Toyota claims that power steering would continue to function in the event of a stall.

Should you file for workers' comp or a personal injury lawsuit?

If you have gotten injured at work, you may wonder what to do next. What is the correct route to seeking the financial compensation you deserve: A workers' compensation claim, a personal injury lawsuit or both?

In most cases, it will be to file a workers' compensation claim. However, other factors may allow you to sue, or to both sue and file for workers' comp.

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