Fatal Motorcycle Accidents
Experienced attorneys helping Portland families
Motorcyclists in Portland often enjoy the freedom that they do not typically get from a passenger vehicle. During the warmer months of the year, motorists share the busy streets of Portland, windy back roads and bustling freeways with motorcyclists throughout Oregon. Unlike passenger vehicle drivers, motorcyclists are not equipped with the protective frame of motor vehicles, which makes them more susceptible to fatal accidents.
Zbinden & Curtis, Attorneys at Law are experienced at handling cases involving fatal motorcycle accidents. We understand the pain and suffering families go through after losing a loved one. For decades, we have served Portland and the surrounding area. Contact us today and find out how we can help your family.
Why fatal motorcycle accidents happen
Fatal motorcycle accidents in Portland happen for a number of reasons, most of which can be attributed to negligence. They usually occur because:
- Driver didn’t yield the right of way – A motorist driving impaired, distracted, aggressive or inattentive can cause a fatal motorcycle accident to occur. That is why drivers are expected to stay sober, awake and aware of motorcyclists.
- Road defects and hazards – Potholes, uneven surfaces, slippery road conditions and other defects can cause a motorcyclist to lose control, especially if he or she is speeding.
- Motorcyclist is untrained and unlicensed – Riding a motorcycle requires an adequate amount of training and knowledge of safety procedures. Inexperienced and unlicensed riders put themselves, and others, at risk.
- Motorcycle defect – A wobbly front end, worn out tires or failed brakes can hinder a motorcyclist’s ability to avoid a crash. In this case, the manufacturer can be held accountable.
- Excessive speeding – Motorcyclists are expected to maintain a safe speed, especially when turning corners. A high-speed wipeout or collision can be deadly.
There are number of accidents that can be fatal for motorcyclists. While any accident can be deadly, motorcyclists often suffer fatal injuries due to:
- Broadside accidents – When a driver fails to obey a stop sign or traffic signal at an intersection, or turns in front of a motorcycle, a broadside accident can occur. In many cases, an unsuspecting motorcyclist can be flung into the air, causing a fatality.
- Wipeouts – Sand, leaves or other slippery road hazards can cause a motorcyclist to wipeout. At a high speed, wipeouts can be fatal, especially if the motorcyclist is struck by another car.
- Lane departure accidents – A driver’s failure to safely change lanes can cause a motorcyclist to lose control and veer off the road.
- Rear-end accidents – Drivers are expected to slow down and keep a safe distance from motorcycles. With very little protection, a motorcyclist can suffer a severe injury or fatality after being struck by a motor vehicle.
- Car-door accidents – Drivers should always watch out for motorcyclists before opening a car door. A simple act of carelessness can result in a deadly accident.
- Head-on collisions – These accidents are often the deadliest for motorcyclists. Typically, when two vehicles collide while traveling in opposite directions, the force can cause severe front-end damage. However, without a protective frame or seatbelt, a motorcyclist can be ejected into the air and experience a devastating landing.
How our attorneys can help
Following a fatal motorcycle accident, the victim’s closest surviving relative is eligible to sue the responsible party for wrongful death. Funeral expenses, loss of wages and suffering can be financially compensated. That is why you need to speak to an experienced Portland motorcycle accident attorney who knows how to handle wrongful death claims. If you have lost a loved one in a fatal motorcycle accident, you should not have to suffer any further because of someone else’s negligence.
Zbinden & Curtis, Attorneys at Law will aggressively pursue your claim and hold the responsible party accountable for their negligence. Do not hesitate to contact us for a free case evaluation.