Especially in summertime, motorcyclists enjoy riding in and around Portland, Oregon. Whether running errands, taking in the beauty of Mount Hood, The Gorge, or the Oregon Coast, Oregon motorcyclists have a front row seat to Pacific Northwest beauty, and the region’s numerous hiking and camping destinations. As most motorcyclists already know, this awe-inspiring enjoyment can be very dangerous for cyclists. Accidents present a considerable risk to motorcyclists, especially when involving passenger vehicles or even larger vehicles such as commercial trucks.

Motorcyclists are, by nature, exposed and enjoy far less protection than other motorists. As a result, riders are at risk of catastrophic injuries should a crash occur. If you have suffered injuries in a motorcycle collision, you may be facing a lengthy and challenging physical recovery and staggering medical expenses. However, if another driver caused the accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses. Rizk Law can help you recover it.

Contact Rizk Law today to speak with a Portland motorcycle accident lawyer. You will learn more about your legal options in a free, no-obligation case evaluation.

Benefits of Hiring a Portland Attorney for Your Motorcycle Accident Claim

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The aftermath of a motorcycle wreck is a confusing and sometimes very stressful time. You are likely dealing with physical pain, frequent medical appointments, and anxiety about your finances. Considering everything else you are going through, taking legal action against the driver who caused your accident may sound like an overwhelming amount of work. Thankfully, you do not have to go through this process alone. Our experienced motorcycle accident law firm can help.

Richard Rizk, founder of Rizk Law, has insider knowledge and experience into how insurers handle motor vehicle accident and personal injury claims. As a former injury claims defense attorney for national insurers — including for Oregon’s largest workers’ compensation insurance company — Richard knows the tactics they use. Such insight allows him to stay a step ahead of insurers and compel them to pay accident victims the compensation they deserve.

Rizk Law brings years of experience to our work on behalf of injured Oregon motorcyclists. We will handle every aspect of the legal process for you so you can focus on your health. You do not have to worry about filling out paperwork, meeting deadlines, or communicating with insurance companies. We will take care of all of this for you and keep you informed every step of the way.

What to Do After a Motorcycle Accident

The actions you take after a crash can affect the outcome of your motorcycle accident claim. For this reason, you want to do everything possible to safeguard your rights and avoid doing anything that might jeopardize your ability to recover compensation. Some key things to do after a motorcycle accident include:

  • Calling the police from the accident scene to establish an official record of the collision
  • Seeking medical treatment right away, follow all instructions, attend all appointments, and keep all records related to your medical care
  • Reporting the accident to your insurance company, taking care to avoid saying anything they might interpret as an admission of fault
  • Contact a Portland motorcycle accident lawyer to discuss your options

Seeking legal assistance as soon as possible following a motorcycle accident puts you in the best position to move forward, knowing someone is looking out for your rights.

How We Investigate Portland Motorcycle Accident Cases

Rizk Law takes the process of preparing your claim very seriously. That is why we prioritize the gathering and evaluation of evidence related to your motorcycle accident. Some of the evidence we will pursue includes:

  • Physical evidence from the accident scene
  • Photographs of the accident scene, the vehicles involved, the surroundings, your injuries, etc.
  • Eyewitness testimony from anyone who saw the accident and any events leading up to it
  • Surveillance and dashcam footage, if available
  • Additional data and records in cases involving commercial trucks
  • Medical records

Additionally, we may consult with accident, medical, and occupational experts to better understand the facts of the accident, the nature and severity of your injuries, and how they may affect your life in the future.

Compensation You Could Recover in a Portland Motorcycle Accident Claim

Many factors go into determining motorcycle accident compensation. The primary factors are the extent of your injuries, the amount of medical treatment they require, and the impact of the accident on your ability to work. Your attorney may pursue compensation on your behalf for a variety of expenses and losses, including:

  • Medical expenses, including anticipated future expenses
  • Lost income, including loss of future earning potential
  • Loss of enjoyment and quality of life
  • Physical and psychological pain and suffering

Your attorney will calculate compensation by tallying your medical expenses and any incidental expenses arising from the accident. They will also factor in any intangible losses to arrive at a figure that represents fair compensation for your losses.