What You Should Know Before Filing a Motorcycle Accident Claim in Oregon

When dealing with the aftermath of a motorcycle accident, understanding the legal timeframe for taking action is pivotal. In Oregon, the “statute of limitations” dictates this period. Determining when the statute of limitations expires depends on the circumstances of the case – such as the nature of the case, whether the injured person was a minor, etc. If you were injured by a public body, there is also a requirement that you notify them of your intended claim within a much short timeframe (this is referred to as “tort claim notice”). 

Given the complexity and high stakes involved, seeking legal counsel promptly is crucial. Early engagement allows for thorough evidence collection, witness interviews, and building a robust case within the set legal timelines.


What Are the Motorcycle Laws in Oregon?

Understanding Oregon’s motorcycle laws is crucial for every rider:

  • Helmet Requirement: Oregon mandates all motorcycle riders and passengers to wear DOT-approved helmets.
  • Lane Sharing: Lane splitting or filtering is illegal in certain circumstances. 
  • Insurance: Riders must carry liability insurance, with minimum amounts stipulated by state law.
  • Endorsement: A valid motorcycle endorsement is a must for all riders.
  • Equipment Standards: Motorcycles must be equipped with specific gear, like mirrors, footrests, and mufflers.


What Compensation is Available After a Motorcycle Accident in Oregon?

Motorcycle accidents often lead to grave physical injuries and significant emotional and financial strain. Recognizing this, Oregon law allows motorcyclists who have been injured by someone else’s negligence to seek various forms of compensation, including:

  • Medical Expenses: Covering costs from immediate medical care, surgeries, ongoing treatments, and future medical needs.
  • Lost Wages and Earning Capacity: For time away from work and potential future earning constraints due to lasting injuries.
  • Property Damage: Repair or replacement of the damaged motorcycle and any associated gear or equipment.
  • Pain and Suffering: For the emotional and physical pain endured.
  • Loss of Quality of Life: For those enduring long-term disabilities that affect daily life and activities.

The goal of such compensation is to restore, as closely as possible, the injured individual to their pre-accident state, both financially and in terms of quality of life.

When the open roads of Oregon bring unexpected challenges, we are here to stand beside you. With dedication, compassion, and a relentless pursuit of justice, we ensure your journey ahead is as smooth as possible. Connect with us today and find the support you deserve.


Emery Wang

Emery Wang

Emery Wang has been a lawyer in Oregon since 2009. While attending Lewis & Clark law school, Emery worked as a Multnomah County District Attorney, and since then has been a full time personal injury lawyer.

Vames, Wang & Sosa Injury Lawyers focus on vehicle crashes, personal injury, and first-party car accident insurance claims. They have offices located in Gresham and Hillsboro.

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