Cycling is a great way to stay in shape and to commute without contributing to one's own carbon footprint. Many Portland residents use their bicycles for recreation and transportation, and it is not unusual to see packs of riders out together during rides and races. Though there are many personal and social reasons to consider taking up cycling, there are also important safety considerations that individuals should make before getting on their bikes.
For example, bicyclists are not always seen by drivers, and not all drivers respect the presence of bicycles on the roads. These and other factors can make riding a bike in Portland dangerous, and when bicycles are hit by cars, it is usually the bicyclist who suffers the greatest harm.
Victims of bicycle accidents can suffer serious injuries, such as traumatic brain damage, spinal cord injuries and paralysis. The consequences of a bicycle accident injury can be serious and long-term; not all victims fully recover. When a victim is permanently harmed by a negligent driver, they may require care and support just to live their life.
Not all victims of bicycle accidents survive their ordeals, and in such cases, their loved ones may have rights to sue under wrongful death claims. Sorting out what claims and which damages may apply in a bike accident case can be confusing, and it can help victims to work with personal injury attorneys when preparing their cases. The law firm of Schoenfeld & Schoenfeld supports bike accident victims in Portland and throughout the surrounding metropolitan area. The firm is dedicated to providing its clients with focused attention that supports their specific needs and legal goals.