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Bicycle or Pedestrian vs. Motor Vehicle Accident Lawyers in Oregon

The Eugene, Oregon, law firm of Arnold Law, assists the most vulnerable of motor vehicle accident victims: pedestrians and bike riders. Our firm specializes in assisting clients who have been injured while walking or riding.

When interviewing lawyers, ask if they have ever taken a bike or pedestrian collision to a jury trial. We have. We know the unique circumstances that make these sorts of cases difficult to try and what it takes to get these settled or prepared for trial

Why are Bike or Pedestrian Accidents Unique?

In most motor vehicle accident cases, the circumstances and causes of the collision can often be deduced by the location of and damages to the vehicles.

When tons of steal, plastic and glass are involved, it’s must easier to reconstruct what happened than when you are dealing with people and bicycles.

Bicycle and Pedestrian Laws

The insurance company will often claim that you are more than 50% at fault and thus cannot recover. The will claim that because you were riding faster than a pedestrian pace or because you were crossing outside of a designated crosswalk, you cannot recover anything. That is untrue. Car drivers still have to exercise due care when driving, which includes watching out for bike riders and pedestrians.

Our firm proved that true in 2008 when we appealed an arbitrator’s defense verdict in a case where our client was crossing a crosswalk on a bike against a “Don’t Walk” light while the driver was at the stop light. The driver made a right hand turn without looking to the right, colliding with our client. We argued to the arbitrator that each shared 50-50 liability. He disagreed. However, upon appeal, a Lane County jury agreed with us and found 50-50 liability.

Choosing Trial Lawyers Over a “Settlement Mill”

Insurance adjusters will claim that it’s conventional wisdom that if the bicyclist or pedestrian was doing something wrong, then they cannot recover. That’s just not true.

What is true is that it takes aggressive trial lawyers to handle cases like this. You need a trial lawyer who can tell you the likelihoods of success in a case like yours based on their own recent jury trial experiences. When interviewing lawyers, ask them how many cases they’ve tried to a jury in the last three years or the last twelve months. By doing this you can make sure that you retain a law firm that is ready to take any case to trial rather than hiring a “settlement mill” with high advertising overhead and a high volume of cases. At our firm, you will get the personalized attention that you deserve.

Choosing an Attorney Familiar with Bicycle and Pedestrian Accidents

Oregon bike and pedestrian injury attorney Jacy Arnold has the compassion and understanding to remain sensitive to human feelings while providing support, guidance and legal representation of the highest order.

If you or a loved one has been injured by the actions or inactions of another, you need competent and experienced representation from an experienced Oregon trial attorney. Remember that the insurance companies, yours included, are not your friends. They are businesses interested in the bottom line and are accountable to their shareholders. Once you have a personal injury claim open, you become a liability to them. They are interested in ending your claim as soon as possible with as little payout as possible. That is why you need quality legal representation.

Our personal injury attorneys can deal with the insurance companies on your behalf and leave you to the important jobs of getting better and living your life. If you and your attorney have a contingent fee agreement, then retaining a personal injury attorney early on to deal with the insurance companies costs you the same as waiting.

The attorneys at Arnold Law have established a well-deserved reputation as effective and highly respected personal injury lawyers in Eugene, throughout western and southern Oregon. Our attorneys are Oregon trial lawyers who actually try cases to juries. They have great expertise in a number of different areas of law relating to personal injuries and litigation.

“Our litigation experience, extensive preparation of cases, and attention to detail has allowed us to build a reputation as aggressive and successful advocates for our clients while adhering to high ethical and legal standards.”

If you or someone you know in Eugene or throughout Southern Oregon needs the assistance of an experienced trial lawyer, call Arnold Law today at 541-338-9111

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    Product Liability – Zooma Scooter

    Lawsuit against stand-up gas-powered scooter after handle bar welding failed, causing crash with elbow fracture. Plaintiff received a poor offer and then a dismal arbitration award. Plaintiff appealed to a jury trial. Jury trial result 25 times the arbitration award. Sometimes it takes a jury to sort out a case.

    Product Liability/Wrongful Death – G-Max Motorcycle Helmet

    Husband and wife were on their motorcycle when negligent driver pulled out in front of them. Wife’s helmet strap webbing failed and her helmet came off. She died of head trauma. Six figure settlement with G-Max distributor.

    Nursing Home Death

    Complex litigation involving a for-profit nursing home where a CNA who failed to give anti-seizure medication to Vietnam War veteran several times. He died from seizure. Status: confidential settlement.

    Wrongful Death – Drunk Driver Kills Teenage Girl

    After a party in the hills, a drunk driver rolls his car off of an embankment, seriously injuring his passengers and killing our client’s teenage daughter. The car’s severely intoxicated owner and surviving passengers claim the decedent was driving. Our investigation uncovered a possible conspiracy between the kids to blame the girl who couldn’t speak for herself. The DA’s Office convicted the car owner for Furnishing Alcohol to a Minor but refused to have the blood in the car analyzed for DNA to establish who was driving. Arnold Law was able to seize the blood evidence, had DNA tests performed, and hired a passenger kinesiologist to determine the locations of the occupants based on blood location. The discovery of the car owner’s blood on the steering column led to a negotiated settlement between the injured occupants and the owner’s insurance company.