Portland Motorcycle Accident Lawyer

In the wake of a motorcycle accident, trust is essential. At Newlin Law Offices, we're not just your legal team; we're compassionate allies dedicated to your recovery and justice.

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Committed Advocates for Motorcycle Accident Victims in Portland and Beyond

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We understand the physical and emotional toll of serious injuries. At Newlin Law Offices, we approach each case with empathy and care because we know that healing is not just about medical recovery but also finding peace and justice.

In Oregon, the reality of motorcycle accidents is stark. Between January 1, 2022, and February 1, 2023, the Oregon State Police covered 251 crashes involving motorcycles. Tragically, 44 of these crashes resulted in fatalities. This data underscores the risks motorcyclists face and the importance of having experienced legal representation.

We are your trusted advocates, fighting tirelessly for you to receive the compensation you deserve. With years of experience handling motorcycle accident cases, we possess the knowledge and resources needed to tackle claims like yours.

We handle motorcycle accidents in Portland and throughout Oregon. When you choose us, you choose unwavering support and a dedicated team ready to fight for your rights. Contact us by phone or online for a free consultation.

Types of Motorcycle Accident Cases We Handle

At Newlin Law Offices, we handle cases involving a variety of motorcycle accidents:

  • Rear-End Collisions: These accidents, often caused when a distracted or negligent driver does not maintain a safe following distance, occur when a vehicle strikes the back of a motorcycle.
  • Intersection Crashes: Motorcycle accidents at intersections typically happen when a vehicle fails to yield the right-of-way, resulting in a collision.
  • Lane Change Accidents: These accidents occur when a driver changes lanes without properly checking their blind spots, colliding with a motorcyclist in an adjacent lane.
  • Left-Turn Collisions: Left-turn collisions are accidents that happen when a vehicle makes a left turn in front of an oncoming motorcycle, often due to misjudging distances or failing to see the motorcycle.
  • Hit-and-Run Incidents: Hit-and-run accidents involve a driver leaving the scene after colliding with a motorcycle; identifying the responsible party can be challenging.
  • Distracted Driving Accidents: Motorcycle accidents can result when drivers are distracted by texting, talking on the phone, or engaging in other activities.
  • Drunk Driving Crashes: Alcohol or drug impairment can impair a driver's judgment and reaction time, and motorcycle accidents involving impaired drivers are often severe.
  • Speed-Related Collisions: High speeds reduce a driver’s or rider's ability to react to sudden changes in traffic conditions, sometimes leading to motorcycle accidents.
  • Lane-Splitting Accidents: Lane-splitting involves a motorcyclist riding between lanes of slow-moving or stopped traffic; accidents can occur when drivers are unaware of this practice.
  • Parked Car Door Accidents: Also known as "dooring," these accidents happen when a vehicle driver or passenger opens a door without checking for approaching motorcycles, causing a collision.
  • Sideswipe Accidents: These occur when a vehicle strikes the side of a motorcycle, often when changing lanes or merging onto a highway.

Any type of motorcycle accident can cause devastating injuries. When the accident wasn’t your fault, the at-fault party should be held accountable — and we can help.

Common Injuries in Motorcycle Accidents in Portland

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Motorcyclists lack the protective features found in cars, such as airbags, doors, and roofs. This lack of protection makes motorcycle riders highly vulnerable to serious injuries in the event of a crash.

Common injuries from motorcycle collisions can include:

  • Road rash (cuts, scrapes, and friction burns from sliding on the pavement)
  • Torn muscles, ligaments, and tendons
  • Multiple fractures or broken bones
  • Facial fractures and dental injuries
  • Burn injuries
  • Internal bleeding
  • Damage to internal organs impacting their function
  • Neck and spinal injuries, potentially leading to partial or complete paralysis
  • Scarring and disfigurement
  • Skin loss necessitating grafting procedures
  • Traumatic brain injuries, possibly causing neurological damage
  • Amputations

Sadly, motorcycle riders are more likely than occupants of other vehicles to die in crashes. When the worst happens, motorcycle accident attorneys can pursue a wrongful death claim against the responsible party.

What Types of Compensation Can I Seek After a Motorcycle Accident?


If you've been involved in a motorcycle accident and sustained injuries, you may be eligible to seek compensation for your losses. The types of damages in Portland motorcycle accidents may include economic, non-economic, and punitive damages.

Economic Damages

These are tangible financial losses that can be calculated precisely:

  • Medical Expenses: All past and future medical bills related to your accident injuries, such as hospitalization, surgeries, doctor visits, medications, and rehabilitation.
  • Lost Wages: Compensation for income you couldn't earn due to the accident, including missed work days, reduced work hours, and potential future income losses.

It can be easy to underestimate your economic losses, especially for a catastrophic injury that will impact your career and require years of medical care. An experienced motorcycle accident lawyer knows how to calculate the financial impact of the accident and will advocate for a full recovery.

Non-Economic Damages

These damages are less tangible and more subjective, covering the emotional and psychological impact of the accident:

  • Pain and Suffering: Compensation for physical pain, emotional distress, and diminished quality of life as a result of the accident and your injuries.
  • Mental Anguish: Damages for the psychological trauma, anxiety, depression, or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) that may follow a motorcycle accident.
  • Loss of Consortium: Compensation for the harm to your relationships with loved ones due to the accident.

A skilled motorcycle accident attorney can estimate a fair value for non-economic losses and fight for that amount in negotiations or at trial.

Punitive Damages

In rare cases involving extreme negligence or intentional misconduct by the at-fault party, punitive damages may be awarded at trial. These damages aim to punish the wrongdoer rather than compensate the victim.

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Sources of Compensation After a Portland Motorcycle Accident

When you've been involved in a motorcycle accident in Portland, you may face a multitude of challenges, including high medical bills, disability, lost wages, pain, suffering, and a change in your quality of life. It's crucial to identify potential sources of compensation to help you recover from these setbacks. These sources may include:

At-Fault Driver’s Liability Insurance

In Oregon, drivers must carry bodily injury liability insurance covering at least $25,000 per person and $50,000 per accident, along with property damage liability insurance of at least $20,000 per crash. If the accident resulted from the other driver's negligence, their liability insurance should cover your claim.

Your Own Insurance Policy

Motorcycle riders are mandated to carry insurance similar to standard vehicle drivers. This includes uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage, with minimums of $25,000 per person and $50,000 per crash for bodily injury. 

If the at-fault driver lacks insurance or has insufficient coverage, your uninsured/underinsured motorist policy can provide additional support.

Navigating Motorcycle Accident Liability in Oregon: What You Should Know

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Liability in a motorcycle accident case in Portland, Multnomah County, or surrounding areas is based on Oregon law. Here are key insights into how liability is determined in Oregon motorcycle accidents:

Fault-Based Liability

Liability in Portland, OR, motorcycle accidents hinges on the concept of fault. Essentially, the person responsible for causing the accident is considered liable for resulting damages and injuries. Fault is determined by assessing negligence, which includes actions like speeding, distracted driving, driving while intoxicated, and disregarding traffic signals.

Comparative Negligence

Often, multiple parties may share fault for the same motorcycle accident. Oregon applies a comparative fault standard (ORS § 31.600) to all motor vehicle collisions. If you are found partially at fault for your motorcycle crash, your recovery may be reduced proportionally.

Thorough Investigation

Determining motorcycle accident liability in Oregon demands a comprehensive investigation led by a skilled Portland attorney. During this investigation, your attorney will explore all relevant evidence to establish fault and increase your chances of full recovery. Our dedicated Portland, OR, motorcycle accident lawyer is prepared to thoroughly investigate your case.

How Can Our Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Help You?

Discover how we can assist you in your motorcycle accident claim, protecting your rights and fighting for full recovery:

  • Experienced Legal Representation: Our skilled motorcycle accident lawyer brings years of experience to every case.
  • Thorough Investigation: We conduct comprehensive investigations to gather evidence, interview witnesses, and reconstruct the accident scene.
  • Evidence Preservation: We work swiftly to preserve crucial evidence, such as accident reports, medical records, and witness statements, to strengthen your claim.
  • Negotiation With Insurance Companies: Our lawyer handles negotiations with insurance companies to secure the full compensation you deserve, sparing you the stress of dealing with adjusters.
  • Litigation: If negotiations don't yield a fair settlement, we're prepared to take your case to court, leveraging our litigation skills to fight for your rights.
  • Personalized Legal Strategies: We tailor our legal approach to your unique circumstances, addressing your specific needs and concerns throughout the legal process.
  • Emotional Support: We understand the emotional toll of a motorcycle accident, and we provide compassionate support during this challenging time.
  • Medical Resources: We can connect you with trusted medical professionals so that you can receive the necessary care and documentation for your injuries.
  • Timely Legal Action: We're committed to adhering to legal deadlines to prevent unwelcome delays, filing paperwork accurately and promptly.

We've helped numerous accident victims in Portland, Multnomah County, and the surrounding areas recover the compensation they deserve, and we could help you, too.

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Why Choose Our Portland Motorcycle Accident Attorney?

Why should you choose a Portland motorcycle accident lawyer from Newlin Law Offices to fight for you after a motorcycle accident?

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    Extensive Experience

    Our motorcycle accident lawyer has a proven track record of successfully handling motorcycle accident cases in Portland. When you choose us, you can count on knowledgeable and effective representation.

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    Personalized Approach

    Unlike law firms that offer one-size-fits-all solutions, we tailor our legal strategies to your unique situation, addressing your concerns with empathy and care throughout the entire process.

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    24/7 Accessible and Supportive

    You're not alone in this journey. Our team is available 24/7, offering free consultations and compassionate support to help you get through the challenges ahead.

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    No Fees Unless We Win

    You deserve peace of mind during your recovery — you don't pay us unless we secure compensation for your motorcycle accident claim.

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 Wrongful Death Cases

  • After a motorcycle accident in Portland, it's crucial to prioritize your safety and well-being. Here are the immediate steps to take:

    • Protect Your Safety: Move to a safe location if possible to avoid further harm.
    • Check for Injuries: Assess your own injuries and those of others involved, and seek immediate medical attention if needed.
    • Call the Police: Report the accident to law enforcement, even if it seems minor.
    • Gather Information: Collect the contact and insurance details of all parties involved, as well as witnesses.
    • Document the Scene: Take photos of the accident scene, vehicle damage, and any visible injuries.
    • Do Not Admit Fault: Avoid discussing fault or liability with others at the scene.

    As soon as you are able, take this information to a free consultation with a Portland motorcycle accident attorney.

  • Yes, Oregon follows a comparative negligence system, which allows you to recover damages even if you were partially at fault. However, your compensation may be reduced in proportion to your degree of fault. For example, if you were found 20% at fault, your recovery would be reduced by 20%.

  • After a motorcycle accident, you should:

    • Exchange insurance and contact information with the other party.
    • Report the accident to your insurance company.
    • Consult with an attorney to assess your claim.
    • Negotiate with the at-fault party's insurance provider for a settlement.
    • If necessary, file a lawsuit and proceed to court.

    When you hire legal representation, your lawyer will take care of the negotiations and legal processes so that you can focus on recovery.

  • Several factors can influence the value of your motorcycle accident claim:

    • The extent of your injuries and medical expenses.
    • Lost wages and future earning potential.
    • Damage to your motorcycle.
    • Liability and the degree of fault assigned.
    • Availability of insurance coverage.
    • Pain and suffering experienced.
    • Quality of legal representation.

    Each motorcycle accident case is unique; consult with an experienced Portland motorcycle accident attorney from Newlin Law Offices to evaluate your specific circumstances and determine the potential value of your claim.