The Oregon Department of Transportation says that there were more bicycle deaths that occurred in the city of Bend last year than in any other city in the state. Of the 7 Oregon bicycle fatalities that happened, 2 of them occurred in this Deschutes County city. Bend, however, did not hold the record as the city with the most number of bicycle accident-related injuries for the year. The city was number five with its rate of crashes per capita, while Corvallis, Eugene, and Portland, Oregon were ranked number one, two, and three.
Between 2006 and 2008, there were reportedly 65 Bend, Oregon bicycle accidents resulting injuries. 40 of these bicycle accidents involved drivers or bicyclists who did not yield the right of way. Approximately half a dozen bicycle accidents involved one party failing to stop when there was a flashing red light or a stop sign. Speeding, distracted driving, and following closely were among the other common causes of Bend, Oregon bicycle accidents.
The number of Bend injury crashes went up from 16 auto crashes in 2007 to 23 motor vehicle accidents last year. In 2009, there have already been more than a dozen Bend bicycle accidents. Just last month, James Gardner died when his gas powered bicycle was involved in an Oregon traffic crash with a motorcycle. The 54-year-old bicyclist was not wearing a helmet.
With so many people riding bicycles in Oregon, it is important for drivers and bicyclists to make sure they remember that they share the roads with one another. Injuries sustained during an Oregon bicycle accident can be extremely serious. Obtaining personal injury recovery from a negligent party can be one way to compensate you for your pain and suffering, while provide you with the financial resources to cover your medical expenses and associated losses.
Contact our Portland injury law firm today.