Bend Bicycle Accident Attorneys
It’s no secret that Bend, Oregon residents love riding bikes. In fact, if you search the internet for “Bend bicycles” your results will include not only several bike shops but, also resources for hundreds of trails and paths rated by cyclists for their difficulty for the serious cycler, or by how family-friendly they are for those looking for a weekend activity. Unfortunately, more bikes on the road means more bike incidents. In 2012 five percent of Oregon bicycle fatalities occurred in Bend, OR. While that may not sound like a large statistic, if you or someone you care about has been the victim of a bicycle collision, you know all too well the pain that follows. Being on the road on a bicycle puts you at greater risk than any other vehicle if a collision with an automobile occurs. In fact, the top 5 most widely recognized cycling incidents include:
• vehicle turning into the way of the cyclist
• vehicle crossing the way of the cyclist
• bicyclist merging into the way of a driver
• bicyclist steering off the curb into the way of a driver
• a young bicyclist travelling too fast or fooling around
Similar to other types of accidents, a victim in a bicycle collision may not appreciate the full extent of their injury until some time has passed. It is not uncommon for adrenaline and shock to mask the true nature and extent of the damage. Also, these sorts of damages may appear minor at first, only to worsen and frequently turn into chronic medical condition. In spite of the fact that medical complaints following a bike accident are frequently viewed as “minor,” it is important that you call an attorney at the earliest opportunity; we will assist you in dealing with the authorities at the scene, the driver of the at fault vehicle, and the driver’s insurance representative to figure out what your options are. At Shlesinger & deVilleneuve, our skilled lawyers have the experience necessary to navigate through the red tape and advocate for you. Our attorneys will do all they can to see to it that you are made whole through a settlement out of court, or awarded justice at trial. There is no reason not to call our office right now; our friendly staff will connect you with one of our attorneys or make sure to have one call you back – generally within the same business day! When appropriate, a meeting with the attorney at no charge to you can be arranged as well. Unlike attorneys that bill by the hour, we represent our clients on a contingency basis – there will not be any charge for the attorney unless you receive financial award/settlement. At Shlesinger & deVilleneuve, our client’s interest is our priority!