4 Safety Tips for Portland Bicyclists

July 16, 2018 | By

Safety Tips and Legal Help for the Bicyclists of Portland


Portland is known for its cycling commuters, with more residents choosing pedal power as their means of getting to and from work than in any other major American city. We ourselves are bike commuters, bike racers, and recreational riders and understand the challenges of cycling in the city better than 99% of the lawyers in Portland.

Bicycling does have risks and riders who are hurt in accidents may require the assistance of a Portland bicycle accident attorney to help them pay their medical expenses and obtain the financial compensation they are entitled to for their injuries. This type of help is available from the law firm of Pickett Dummigan McCall LLP. Bicyclists can also follow four basic safety tips to help reduce the risk of having a unfortunate collision with a car:

(1) Follow the Rules of the Road

Bicycles are considered vehicles and should therefore adhere to the same rules. Riders should come to a halt for red lights and stop signs, follow the flow of the motor traffic, avoid reckless lane changing and, if possible, ride in designated bike lanes. Riding on the sidewalk is illegal in downtown Portland.

(2) Be Visible to Others

In this regard, bicyclists have more in common with pedestrians than other vehicles. This is why riders should wear bright clothing and place reflective tape on their backpacks. Additionally, the bicycles themselves need to be equipped with reflectors and lights for riding at night or in conditions of low visibility.

(3) Watch Out for Car Doors

Riders should note whether parked cars are occupied in case someone decides on opening a door. Cyclists should also keep their distance from parked cars when riding, since it may not always be possible to see inside a parked vehicle.

(4) Be a Courteous Rider

In addition to watching out for motor vehicles, riders should be aware of their proximity to other bicyclists and to pedestrians. This means using caution when passing other bicycles on the road or the bikeway. Collisions between bicycles can themselves be serious, especially if a rider is tossed into the road.

The Importance of a Lawyer

Riders who are injured through the negligent actions of others deserve compensation, but they will need the help of Portland personal injury attorneys to ensure they are treated fairly by auto insurance companies. This is why the victims of bicycle collisions should consider the highly experienced and knowledgeable lawyers at Pickett Dummigan McCall LLP. We have helped many injured cyclists through the challenges of dealing with insurance companies and will fight for you!

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