A driver who allegedly hit two Portland cyclists in the space of a minute is being sought by police, according to an account of the incidents in The Oregonian. The Portland car and bicycle accidents took place “shortly before 8 a.m. Tuesday”, the paper reports. In both instances police describe the bikers as lucky to be alive, and say that officers were shocked by the apparent circumstances of the incidents.
Citing law enforcement sources as well as eye-witnesses, the newspaper describes a young (age 18 to 20) and erratic man driving a Subaru with no license plates. The first victim, a 47 year old man, was struck as he signaled to change lanes. He describes the driver as “clearly mad that I was in his way” and said the car sped around him, knocking him off of his bike in the process. The second incident took place barely a minute later near the Rose Garden. In that incident a 27-year old woman was struck and hurled through the air. She required hospitalization, though her injuries were described as not being life-threatening.
The incidents are a reminder that even in this – often cited as one of the most bicycle-friendly cities in America – things can go desperately wrong. If you have been hit by a car as part of an Oregon bicycle accident you owe it to yourself and your loved ones to make contact with a Portland bicycle injury lawyer as soon as possible.
It is especially important that drivers who target cyclists intentionally be held to account by our justice system. This statement is not meant to discount the importance of holding negligent drivers to account as well. It is, however, a reminder that the small number of drivers who intentionally target cyclists, out of rage or a misunderstanding of bikes’ proper role on our roads, pose a special danger. An Oregon bike injury lawyer can become your most important ally in that quest for justice and accountability.