An active runner and bicyclist was commuting by bicycle when a pickup truck ran a stop sign and drove into the bike lane. The truck struck the bicyclist, severely fracturing his forearm and causing permanent injuries. We settled the case against the driver for the driver’s policy limits, but that was insufficient to compensate the bicyclist for the full harm he suffered. We then settled a claim against the bicyclist’s own insurance company for the full UIM benefits available.
Absent collisions, bicycling is generally recognized as a healthy activity. And bicycle commuters cut down on fossil fuel use and pollution. But prejudices against bicyclists persist with some motorists, which prompted us to sponsor a public service announcement on Oregon bicycle laws.