icycle Accident Attorney
Chad Stavley is a Portland bicycle accident attorney who has been representing injured bicycle commuters and recreational cyclists since 2008. Many Portlanders and people throughout Oregon have taken up bicycle commuting. It is good for the environment, a great way to stay in shape and save money. But cyclists are at a great disadvantage in a collision with a car. Cyclists are at a disadvantage after a crash too. Cyclists often have no insurance company to call to get answers. Bicycle crashes can be very serious and leave you with permanent injuries and significant financial losses. After the crash, it is likely that the insurance company for the driver will either blame you or try to pay very little.
We make sure that the insurance company is fair to you. We make sure your medical bills are getting paid, if possible. You may be entitled to medical and wage protection through PIP even if you don’t have car insurance. Next, we build your case. The first step for any good bicycle lawyer is to get the facts necessary to prove your case. Chad goes to the scene of the crash and talks to witnesses, police officers and experts. We prepare every case for trial. Then, we are able to negotiate with the insurance company from a position of strength.
When you are looking for a Portland bicycle accident attorney the most important thing to consider is whether they have taken a case like yours to trial and won. Normally nobody wants to have a trial, but what if the defendant denies liability or never makes an offer that is acceptable? When that happens, you’ll be happy to have a lawyer that has been tested and proven that they can win a case like yours.
We know how to get results in bicycle cases. We’ve achieved multiple verdicts far above insurance offers. As a result, insurance companies take us seriously. See the “recent bicycle verdicts” section at the bottom of this page for examples. You can also check out our results page.
Common Bicycle Accident Cases
The Left Hook
In the left hook bicycle accident case a cyclist is riding down the road. A car is coming the other way. Neither has a stop sign or light as they come to an intersection. The car takes a left turn across the bicycle’s lane. The cyclist has no time to stop. The cyclist is injured in the crash. The insurance company lawyers will claim the cyclist was speeding, not visible enough, not paying attention or not using the road correctly. Their attorney may even say the cyclist was on the sidewalk and went into a crosswalk at greater than a walking speed. They even argue this with no witnesses and when their own driver says they never saw the cyclist. We have tried a left hook case to verdict and achieved a verdict more than four times greater than the mediation walk-away offer. For more see the recent bicycle cases section below.
The Right Hook
In the right hook bicycle accident case a cyclist is riding down the road. A car is heading the same way behind the cyclist. As the car passes the cyclist, the driver takes a right turn in front of the cyclist. The cyclist cannot stop in time and crashes into the car. The cyclist is injured. Again, the insurance company lawyer will try to blame the cyclist for the usual reasons. We have litigated many right hook cases that have resulted in significant settlements.
The No-Yield Pull Out
This is another common bicycle accident case. The driver is in a hurry to get out of a parking lot or side road before the oncoming cars. The driver doesn’t see that a bicycle is in the lane of traffic. The driver pulls out and causes a crash with the cyclist. the insurance company and their lawyers will say that the cyclist was going too fast or not paying attention. We have tried a no-yield pull out case to verdict and achieved a six-figure verdict in a zero offer case. See our recent bicycle cases section below for more information.
The Door Prize
This is a common case in Portland. A driver parks her car on the side of the road in on-street parking. She does not look in her mirrors to make sure it is clear before opening her door. When she opens the door it hits a cyclist and they are injured. The insurance company lawyer will claim that the cyclist was too close to parked cars, not paying attention and riding too fast. We have worked up numerous door opening cases for trial and achieved significant settlements.