Portland Bicycle Accident Lawyer

At Newlin Law Offices, we aren’t merely your legal representatives; we are compassionate advocates committed to your healing and pursuing justice on your behalf after you suffer a bicycle accident.

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Dedicated Advocates for Bicycle Accident Victims in Portland and Beyond


Bicycles are a popular mode of transportation in Portland, but the statistics paint a vivid picture of the challenges that cyclists face. In 2019, there were a staggering 219 reported bicycle accidents. In 2020, there were 80 reported injuries and 5 tragic fatalities from bicycle accidents. 

The majority of these accidents involved collisions with moving vehicles on city streets. Unsurprisingly, most victims faced not only physical injuries but also emotional trauma.

At Newlin Law Offices, we understand the gravity of these statistics, and our commitment to helping bicycle accident victims remains unwavering. Our experienced team is dedicated to seeking justice for those injured or tragically lost in bicycle accidents. We relentlessly pursue compensation from at-fault parties, especially when driver fault is the leading cause of these crashes. With our guidance, you can navigate the complexities of the legal system and focus on your recovery. Your well-being is our top priority.

Types of Bicycle Accident Cases We Handle

At Newlin Law Offices, we have extensive experience handling various types of bicycle accident cases, including:

Intersection Accidents

Intersections can be dangerous for cyclists, with many accidents occurring due to drivers failing to yield the right-of-way, making turns in front of cyclists, or running red lights.

Hit-and-Run Incidents

When a motorist flees the scene after hitting a cyclist, it can be challenging to identify and hold them responsible. Our team helps hit-and-run victims explore their legal options for compensation.

Road Hazard Accidents

Road hazards such as potholes, debris, or inadequate signage can often lead to a crash. We assist cyclists injured due to unsafe road conditions in seeking compensation from responsible parties.

Distracted Driving Accidents

Distracted drivers can cause serious accidents. Many of these accidents occur on busy roads when drivers check their phones. But if drivers are careless, they may even strike a cyclist when suddenly opening their doors, not looking both ways when exiting parking lots, or otherwise neglecting to yield to cyclists.

Drunk Driving Accidents

Impaired drivers pose a significant risk to cyclists. Their carelessness can lead to significant injuries for cyclists, who have little protection in a crash.

Public Transportation Injuries

Accidents involving buses or rail systems can lead to severe injuries for cyclists. We help victims pursue compensation from public transportation entities.

No matter the circumstances of your bicycle accident, our dedicated legal team is here to provide support and advocacy. We understand the unique challenges faced by cyclists and are committed to securing the compensation and justice you need. Your recovery is our priority.

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Common Injuries in Bicycle Accidents

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Bicycle accidents can result in various injuries, ranging from minor to severe. Some of the most common injuries cyclists may sustain include:

  • Road Rash: When a cyclist slides on the road surface during a crash, it can cause abrasions known as road rash.
  • Fractures: In a collision, cyclists may suffer bone fractures such as broken arms, legs, or collarbones.
  • Head Injuries: Traumatic brain injuries, concussions, and skull fractures are all possible in a bicycle accident — even if the rider was wearing a helmet.
  • Spinal Cord Injuries: Severe accidents can result in spinal cord injuries, which may lead to paralysis or loss of motor function.
  • Internal Injuries: Blunt force trauma can cause internal injuries, such as organ damage or internal bleeding.
  • Soft Tissue Injuries: Sprains, strains, and ligament injuries can occur due to the sudden impact or twisting motions involved in a bicycle accident.
  • Facial Injuries: Facial fractures, dental injuries, and lacerations can happen when a cyclist's face makes forceful contact with the ground or a vehicle.
  • Nerve Damage: Trauma may damage nerves, leading to numbness, weakness, or chronic pain.
  • Psychological Trauma: Experiencing a bicycle accident can result in emotional distress, anxiety, or post-traumatic stress disorder.
  • Fatal Injuries: In the most tragic of cases, bicycle accidents can result in fatalities.

Regardless of the type of injury you face, let us help you pursue compensation so you can move forward.

What Compensation Can I Seek After a Bicycle Accident?

After a bicycle accident, victims may pursue compensation in various forms and pay for several expenses, including:

  1. Medical Expenses: You can seek compensation for medical costs related to the accident, including hospital bills, surgeries, doctor visits, prescriptions, physical therapy, and ongoing healthcare needs.
  2. Lost Wages: If the accident causes you to miss work, you may be eligible to recover lost wages and future income if your injuries result in long-term or permanent disability.
  3. Pain and Suffering: You might be able to pursue compensation for physical pain, emotional distress, anxiety, depression, and a diminished quality of life.
  4. Property Damage: If your bicycle or other personal property was damaged in the accident, you can seek compensation for repair or replacement.
  5. Rehabilitation Costs: You can seek compensation for the cost of rehabilitation or therapy.
  6. Disability and Adaptive Devices: Compensation may cover the cost of adaptive equipment, home modifications, or vehicle modifications needed due to accident-related disabilities.
  7. Loss of Consortium: Spouses or family members can seek compensation for the loss of companionship, care, and support resulting from your injuries.
  8. Wrongful Death: If a bicycle accident results in a fatality, surviving family members can seek compensation for funeral and burial expenses, loss of financial support, and emotional distress.
  9. Punitive Damages: In cases of extreme negligence or intentional harm, punitive damages may be awarded to punish the at-fault party and discourage similar behavior.

Because of all the various damages you can pursue following an accident, it’s crucial to contact a skilled bicycle accident attorney to identify all possible compensation you may qualify for.

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How Our Bicycle Accident Attorney Can Help You

At Newlin Law Offices, we understand the physical, emotional, and financial challenges that follow a bicycle accident. That’s why Our compassionate and experienced legal team is so committed to helping you navigate the complex legal process and fight for your rights. Here’s how our Portland bicycle accident lawyer can assist you:

  1. Legal Support: Our attorney regularly handles bicycle accident cases and has a deep understanding of relevant laws and regulations.
  2. Investigation: We conduct a thorough investigation to gather evidence, interview witnesses, and hire experts to reconstruct the accident if necessary.
  3. Claim Evaluation: Our team assesses the full extent of your damages, including medical expenses, lost income, pain and suffering, and future costs.
  4. Insurance Negotiation: We handle all communication and negotiations with insurance companies to ensure you receive fair compensation.
  5. Legal Representation: If needed, we're prepared to take your case to court and provide aggressive legal representation.

If you’ve been injured in a bicycle accident, don’t hesitate to contact us for a free consultation. Your rights and well-being are our top priorities.

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Why Choose Our Portland Bicycle Accident Attorney?

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    Proven Track Record

    We have a history of successfully representing bicycle accident victims, securing substantial compensation.

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    No Upfront Fees

    You pay no fees unless we win your case, allowing you to pursue justice without financial worries.

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    Personalized Approach

    Every bicycle accident is unique, and we tailor our legal strategies to your specific circumstances and needs.

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    Effective Negotiation

    We handle all negotiations with insurance companies, ensuring you receive a fair settlement for your damages.

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    Transparent Communication

    We keep you informed every step of the way, explaining complex legal matters in clear and understandable terms.

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    Local Insight

    Our deep understanding of the Portland area strengthens our ability to represent you effectively.

Hear from Our Clients

  • I was referred to Todd after a car accident. I had not sought representation for auto incidents before. I had concerns about my physical health and how my insurance company was handling it. Todd was amazing.  He had me start medical treatment, and he handled everything. I was compensated and referred family members, friends, and everyone to Todd. He's helped me and the people I care about navigate getting the best support after an accident. Todd is the best!!

    Sarah Dunn
  • I am so grateful for Todd’s work in navigating the insurance claims after my van was rear ended.  The medical adjusters were calling me regularly while I was in treatment, which I found very overwhelming.  Once Todd took my case, he handled all the communications between my insurance and my medical providers, which relieved me of the weight of that responsibility and gave me the space to fully heal from the accident.  He clearly explained my rights under the laws of personal injury protection, and negotiated a settlement far exceeding what I could have done on my own.  I highly recommend his services to anyone who has experienced and auto accident.

    Rachel Stern
  • Todd helped me navigate the overwhelming steps of an auto accident. I was rear ended at a stop light, my car was totaled and I was taken to the ER. Post accident, it was hard to wrap my mind around anything and what needed to be done. Todd ensured that my health was priority and helped get me the treatment I needed. While I was able to focus on my rehabilitation, he took care of the insurance and dealt with the aftermath of what needed to be done. Though it was a stressful time, being able to rely on Todd to handle the claim and other legal matters was the biggest relief. He is extremely communicative, easy to reach and truly cared about my progress even when we settled. Forever thankful and would highly recommend.

    Lisa Harris
  • I was in a MVA and had no clue what to do with the insurance company or how anything worked. Todd walked me through everything step by step. There were no dumb questions and he gave excellent guidance. My insurance company turned out to be a massive pain in the butt and were horrible to work with. Todd was able to step in once that fact became apparent and was able to swiftly and successfully close my case that had been dragged out for 3 extra months by the insurance company. He and his staff are very knowledgeable and straight shooters. Overall wonderful to work with and his office is my first call if I need him in the future.

    Jack Agger
  • Todd is great at what he does and an amazing resource to anyone needing legal support for auto accidents. In 2015 I was injured as a result of an auto collision, and Todd was instrumental in ensuring I received medical care. His professionalism and dedication to the case was an immense relief to me, especially as someone who never had an accident before.

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FAQs About Portland Bicycle Accidents

  • After a bicycle accident, it’s essential to take several steps to protect yourself and your legal rights. Here’s what you should do immediately:

    1. Check for Injuries: First, assess yourself and others for injuries, and seek immediate medical attention if anyone is seriously hurt.
    2. Prioritize Your Safety: If possible, move to a safe location to avoid further accidents or injuries.
    3. Call 911: Report the accident to the police and request an ambulance if needed — having an official police report can be crucial for your insurance claim and legal case.
    4. Exchange Information: Exchange contact and insurance information with any other involved drivers, and collect contact information from any witnesses.
    5. Document the Scene: Take photos of the accident scene, your bicycle, any vehicle damage, road conditions, and your injuries.
    6. Do Not Admit Fault: Avoid admitting fault or apologizing at the scene, as it may be used against you later — stick to factual information when speaking with the driver and the police..
    7. Seek Medical Attention: Even if you don't believe your injuries are severe, it's essential to get a medical evaluation — some injuries may not be immediately apparent but can worsen over time.
    8. Contact Your Insurance: Notify your insurance company about the accident, but do not give any more information than absolutely necessary before contacting an attorney.
    9. Preserve Evidence: Keep all medical records, receipts, and documents related to the accident and your injuries.
    10. Consult an Attorney: Consult with an experienced Oregon bicycle accident attorney at Newlin Law Offices to protect your rights and smoothly navigate the legal process.

    Above all else, remember that your health and safety are paramount. Following these steps can also strengthen your potential legal case if you seek compensation for your injuries and damages.

  • The statute of limitations for filing a bicycle accident lawsuit in Oregon is typically two years from the accident date, but there may be exceptions that you should be aware of in your case. Consult an attorney to ensure compliance with any relevant deadlines.

  • In order to protect yourself and avoid an accident, keep in mind these Oregon bicycle laws and guidelines:

    • Helmet Requirement: Cyclists under 16 years old are required to wear a helmet while riding a bicycle.
    • Bike Lanes and Paths: Use designated bike lanes and paths when available, but you're not obligated to do so.
    • Right-of-Way Rules: Yield to pedestrians in crosswalks, and follow right-of-way rules when cycling on roadways.
    • Lights and Reflectors: Bicycles used during low-light conditions must have a white front light and a red rear reflector.
    • Audible Signals: Use a bell or horn when passing pedestrians or other cyclists on shared paths.
    • Hand Signals: Signal your turns and stops using hand signals to indicate your intentions.
    • No Texting or Headphones: It's illegal to use a mobile device or wear headphones while cycling.
    • Riding on Sidewalks: In some areas, local ordinances may prohibit riding bicycles on sidewalks.

    Don’t forget that bicyclists must also follow the same traffic laws as motorists, including obeying traffic signals and signs. 

    If you keep yourself safe, you may never find the need to hire a lawyer after a bicycle accident in Portland.

  • High-risk bicycle intersections in Portland include:

    • E Burnside St. and 102nd Ave.: 20 injury crashes from 2015 to 2019
    • NW Broadway and Hoyt St.: 10 injury crashes from 2015 to 2019
    • SE Hawthorne Blvd. and 7th Ave.: 6 injury crashes from 2015 to 2019