An accident cannot be predicted. But when a cyclist is injured because of driver error, it’s not an ‘accident,’ it’s a crash, because it is the predictable result of the driver’s error. After spending his entire legal career exclusively representing cyclists, Bob Mionske knows the difference all too well. Bob has represented cyclists from Portland, Gresham, Beaverton, Salem, Eugene, Medford, Ashland, Bend and from all over the state of Oregon.
Representation In Oregon Bicycle Crash Cases
Oregon lawyer and Bike Law founder, Bob Mionske is a former Olympic and professional cyclist based in Portland, with a law practice that is exclusively focused on representing cyclists who have been injured by motorists, unsafe road conditions, or defective cycling products. With offices in Portland, Bob represents cyclists all over the state, from Portlandm Beaverton, and Gresham, to Salem, Corvallis, and Eugene to Bend, Medford, Ashland, and Pendleton.
There are lots of attorneys out there who will be glad to take a bicycle injury case. And every other kind of case they can find. Bob is different. Before he was an Oregon bike accident lawyer, Bob was an amateur and professional racing cyclist. Bob represented the United States at the 1988 and 1992 Olympics, and in several other international races. After finishing his last professional racing season for Team Saturn, Bob changed directions, and after graduating from law school in 1999, opened the first cyclist-only law office in the world. Bob coined the term “bicycle law” to describe his new law practice before anybody had ever heard of such a thing. Since then, Bob has focused his entire career on representing injured cyclists.
Bob began writing Legally Speaking, the nation’s first “Bicycle Law” column, in 2002, and in 2007, wrote Bicycling & the Law, the first book for cyclists on their legal rights since the publication of The Road Rights of Wheelmen in 1895. Today, Bob continues to write on bicycle law and the rights of cyclists in his Legally Speaking column for VeloNews magazine.
OG Bike Lawyer, Olympian, and More
From the beginning, the Bike Law Network has had a singular focus—helping cyclists who have been injured find justice. Well, what’s so special about that? Lots of lawyers take bicycle accident cases. But the Bike Law Network is different—the lawyers in the network are cyclists themselves, and they’re passionately committed to protecting the rights of cyclists.
Just how different is the Bike Law Network? Consider that one of the founding lawyers of the Network is Bob Mionske. Two-time Olympian. Professional racer. Bike Lawyer. Author of Bicycling & the Law. I recently sat down with Bob to talk bicycle law.
Oregon Bicycle Laws
It’s important to know your legal rights (and duties) when bicycling in Oregon. It is especially important after a bicycle accident (we call them bicycle “crashes” and explain why here).
For any questions about the State’s bike laws, or about your rights to the road, contact attorney Bob Mionske directly.
Right to the Road
- Oregon bicyclists generally have the same rights, and same duties, as drivers of motor vehicles.
- Clinging to motor vehicles while biking is not permitted.
- Bicycles may only carry the number of persons for which it is designed, except an adult may carry a child in a backpack or sling.
- Sirens are not permitted on bicycles except for use by the police or fire department.
- There is no statewide requirement for a helmet for adults, however, children under 16 years of age in Oregon must legally wear a helmet while riding in public.
- Oregon’s DUI statute does apply to bicyclists and the state’s DUII (driving under the influence of intoxicants) applies to people on bikes.
If you have been injured in an Oregon bike accident, by a defective bicycle product, or because of an unsafe road condition and would like to discuss your case with an Oregon bicycle accident attorney who gets cycling, Bob welcomes your call for a free consultation. He can be reached at [email protected] and 503-284-1241.
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