Portland Bicycle 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.

Results Matter

Portland bicycle accident attorney Chad Stavley

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.

When hiring a bicycle lawyer, the most important thing is to get a lawyer who has experience winning a case like yours. Don’t bank on getting a good offer. If that good offer doesn’t come, don’t get stuck with someone without winning experience.

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.

Russell Charley
21:18 15 Nov 17
I have to thank Chad for his time and compassion when working with my Mom and l. When I initially called Chad I was full of fear and anger about the wreck and how my civil case was being handled. My former attorney had just notified me, by mail, that he couldn’t do anything for me, and to come pick up the paperwork. Chad listened and talked with Me. Giving him hope and a path forward. This is what I needed at this very low point in my life. Chad met with Mom and I in person, later emailing us detailed instructions. Which we followed. He provided support and was available when we got stuck and had questions. Chad’s help and support have been invaluable to our family. And has help put closure to this catastrophic event in my life. I high recommend Chad.read more
Trudy Corrigan
16:29 25 Oct 17
Chad helped us walk the difficult path of victims of a violent crime. He was experienced and reassuring through tough times.
James N
22:11 14 Jun 17
Chad is the real deal, truly out to help the less powerful and not in it just for a paycheck. Heres proof: I called him because my insurance adjuster was BS'ing me around with medical coverage, telling me I wasn't eligible. Chad went out of his way to three way call my insurance company with me, talk to the adjuster, and voila! Now i have medical coverage and I can get my back fixed. The best part? He didn't charge me a dime! He did it out of the kindness of his heart for somebody of lower status. Call it 100% magnanimous. If you're looking for a personal injury attorney, Mr. Stavley is your guy. read more
Abby K
14:52 31 Mar 17
Chad and his staff were extremely helpful with my case. I contacted his office after being injured in a car accident and he was able to produce a very nice outcome. He and Stephanie were always available and responded quickly to any questions or help needed in a friendly way. I highly recommend him!read more
Milton Pareta
05:16 17 Nov 16
I was in a major car accident in Eugene, Oregon back in June 2015. Resulting in numerous of injuries. Hospitalized for a couple of weeks and rehabbing for a couple of months after that. I was referred to Chad and he even came out to see me in Eugene from Portland. Our first discussion wasn't about any legal actions but how I was healing from the accident. Chad actually cares about his clients and will make sure you're taken cared off. He makes sure he is prepared for his cases and always is in communication with me. He even calls to see how I am doing or if I needed anything. He made my lawsuit really easy to handle. He will give you the best result one can ask for. Very easy and cool to work with. He will make sure that you are taken cared off. I highly recommend Chad Stavley for any personal injury case. You will be very pleased from the results.read more
00:04 01 Aug 18
After being rear ended by an impaired driver that left the scene, I contacted Chad Stavley because of his reputation for doing the right thing for the right reasons when he was a Deputy District Attorney with Multnomah County. Not only did he make the personal injury and damage portion of the collision simple, Chad also very quickly understood that I hoped for an outcome that was fair and reasonable for the person that hit me. Because of his prior experience and background, he was able to easily navigate the criminal aspect of this case with a resolution that held the driver accountable in a meaningful way, made me feel as if my input truly mattered, and most importantly, identified and acknowledged community stakeholders affected by impaired drivers. I cannot imagine navigating this sometimes very unpleasant process with another attorney. It is Chad's integrity and sincere compassion that guided and positively impacted this process for me and everyone else involved. I will recommend Chad Stavley to everyone I know.read more
Ying Zhang
03:10 30 Jul 18
I sought out Chad after a personal injury and he was extremely helpful in helping me understand my rights and advocate my case. He was always very professional and supportive throughout this difficult time. I am extremely happy with the outcome of my case and was also able to receive much needed closure after my accident. I highly recommend Chad!read more
Kyle Turner
01:07 22 Aug 18
Chad took my case after I was in a severe car accident in which an impaired driver with no insurance was at fault. After a year of Chad working on my case, he was able to not only significantly reduce my medical bills, but as a result, was able to get some settlementment money for me. He was always great about staying in contact and I never felt rushed. Chad took the time to explain the case clearly and was even complimented by the D.A. office handling the criminal side of the accident. After everything was settled, he waived his fees, leaving me with a bit more money than I had originally thought.read more
Mackenzie Andrews
05:36 01 May 18
I was in an auto accident right after I turned 18. After a year of battling my case by myself I decided to finally look for legal help. I met with a few other attorneys before meeting Chad. Chad was understanding of my situation. I felt at ease signing over the case to him knowing everything was in good hands. I will be recommending him to all family and friends.read more
QB Oregon
22:49 28 Aug 18
Chad is a great guy to work with, very down to earth and easy to talk to. He worked with me on the wrongful death case of my husband, and I couldn't be happier with his quick responses and approach. I highly recommend him to anyone who wants an attorney that is knowledgeable and willing to go the extra mile for his clients.read more
See All Reviews Write a review

Recent Bicycle Verdicts

Call For A Free Consultation 503-546-8812

chad@oregonaccidentattorney.com Monday – Friday 8 AM – 5 PM