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    Portland Bicycle Accident Attorney

    Michael A. Colbach

Over $26 million in verdicts and settlements in just the last nine years.

Protect Your Rights

Mike Colbach Portland, Oregon motorcycle accident attorney and trial lawyer with proven results.

Bicycle Accident Attorney

You have been injured in a bicycle accident and you are worried about who is going to pay your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. The last thing you want is to be taken advantage of by an insurance company.

If you don't protect your rights, you may not be able to make a claim. Insurance companies have attorneys and adjusters whose goal is to pay you as little as they can. You need an experienced Oregon bicycle accident attorney with PROVEN RESULTS to fight for you.

Why should you hire Portland bicycle lawyer Mike Colbach?

Proven Results. I will work hard to protect your rights and maximize your insurance settlement. You need an experienced and aggressive Oregon trial lawyer who will fight for you.

Having an experienced Oregon bike accident attorney can make the difference between getting what you deserve and getting nothing.

Top Multnomah County bicycle v. motor vehicle verdicts.

A judge recently showed me the list of top Multnomah County motor vehicle verdicts. According to this list, two of the top ten verdicts are cases that I tried to a jury, and they were reported by the media:

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Unlike many lawyers, I know how expensive bicycles can be.

I work hard to make sure you are fully compensated for your bicycle damage. I know what it is like to spend thousands of dollars on a bicycle only to have it damaged by someone else.

I work closely with local bicycle shops to try and get you full replacement value for your damaged bicycle and bicycle gear.

Hire an attorney who is also a cyclist.

Mike Colbach Portland, Oregon bircycle accident attorney and trial lawyer with proven results.

I am a former road and cyclocross racer and current bicycle commuter. I started riding seriously in the mid 1990's when I sold my car and used my bicycle to commute from Wilsonville to Portland daily. When I moved into Portland in the late 1990's I began racing bicycles to get in the miles. I raced for the Presto Velo team, which is now the Bicycleattorney.com/racing team and I am their main cash sponsor.

I have raced stage races, crits, time trials, and cyclocross. I have put in over 30,000 miles on my bike and know what it is like to have to deal with careless drivers.

I try very hard to help injured cyclists, as oftentimes motorists try and blame the cyclists just because they are on a bike.

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130+ Trials. 20 Years Experience.

An experienced and effective trial lawyer can make the difference. Without the threat of a lawyer who is willing to go to trial and seek a big jury verdict, why would an insurance company pay you what your claim is really worth?

Lawsuits can be expensive.

Many people do not have the money to pursue their claim. In every case, I advance all costs associated with pursuing your case.

I do not ask you for a penny until we recover from the other side.

Proven Results. 1-On-1 Service.

I am not afraid to take your case to trial if that is what it takes to maximize your Oregon bicycle accident insurance recovery. I offer one-on-one service, and I wil not hand your case off to an inexperienced lawyer or a paralegal.

Reduce the stress of making an insurance claim.

Bicycle accident injuries can turn your life upside down.

Making an insurance claim can be difficult and time consuming.

Once I take your case, you can stop worrying about dealing with the insurance companies and focus on recovering from your bicycle accident injuries. I take care of all of the paperwork, phone calls, and negotiations, so you can get on with your life.

No Win = No Fee

I handle Oregon bicycle accident cases on a contingency fee basis. This means:

You don't owe me a legal fee unless I recover money for you.




FAQs



Q1: Do all Oregon bicycle accident attorneys charge the same amount?

A. No. Many attorneys increase their fees to 40% if they file a lawsuit, take a deposition, or go to mediation. Many attorneys also charge you for recovering your medical expenses. This can really add up. If you have a $100,000 settlement and $50,000 in medical bills and your lawyer charges you 40% for filing a lawsuit, this only leaves you with $10,000.

Q2: What do you charge to handle an Oregon bicycle accident case?

A. If we settle the case before trial or arbitration, my fees are 33% of what is left after the past medical bills are paid. If you have a $100,000 settlement and $50,000 in medical bills, my fee is $16,666 and you end up with $33,333. My fees increase to 40%, after medical bills are paid, only if the case goes trial or arbitration.

Q3: Should I accept the offer that the car insurance company has given me?

A: Not without talking to a lawyer. Insurance companies rarely offer you a fair amount for your injuries without a lawyer. Two extreme examples are one case where my client was offered $4,000 before he hired me. At trial a jury awarded us $550,000. In another case client was offered $1,500 and a jury awarded us $138,000. Insurance companies do not get to determine the value of your injury case, that is up to you or a jury. If you have already received an offer for your injuries, contact me and I will let you know if I think it is a fair offer. I will not charge you for this consultation. If I do not beat their original offer to you, I will not charge you an attorney fee.

Q4: Why is it so important to hire an Oregon attorney who goes to trial?

A: Most personal injury cases settle before trial, but you want to maximize your settlement. If you hire an Oregon personal injury attorney who has little trial experience, oftentimes they will be afraid to go to trial. Insurance companies know who these lawyers are, and they usually offer them less than the case is worth. I have 20 years of courtroom experience and I have tried over 130 cases. A good example of why you sometimes have to go to trial are the recent results I have had. I recently tried five separate cases where the offers totaled approximately $181,500. The juries awarded a total of over $1,715,500. If my clients had hired a lawyer who does not try cases, they would have lost a combined total of around $1,534,000. Verdicts like these do not come easy and it took me over 20 years of trying cases and over 130 jury trials before I had the skills to get big verdicts for my clients. Most Oregon personal injury attorneys rarely, if ever, try cases. I believe that these attorneys do a great disservice to their clients and cost their clients millions of dollars by settling cases that should go to trial. Before you hire a lawyer, make sure that they are actively trying cases and have had a number of six figure verdicts.

Q5: Lawsuits can be expensive, will it cost me any money up front for filing fees, court costs, expert witness fees, and any other costs?

A: Filing a lawsuit, paying court costs and expert witness fees can be very expensive. Every year I spend thousand of dollars in litigation costs. I know that most people cannot afford these costs up front, so Iforward these costs up front in every case I take. Spending a few thousand dollars on a good expert witness can make the difference between getting thousands of dollars and getting nothing for your personal injury claim. Before you hire a lawyer, make sure that they are willing to forward the money to adequately pursue your personal injury case. Otherwise, you may be forced into taking a minimal settlement if you cannot afford to spend thousands of dollars to pursue your personal injury claim.

Q6: I hear a lot of lawyers do not stay in touch with their clients. Will I have access to you if I have questions after hours or weekends?

A: Yes. I check my email 365 days a year and respond to clients 365 days a year. If you email me on a Saturday, you will likely hear back from me the same day or the next day. I don't have my staff screen my email. You communicate with me via the same email address as my family and close friends. Unless I am somewhere where I do not have internet access, I make a point of returning emails 7 days a week, all hours of the day. This process can be stressful and I don't want you losing sleep over a question I can easily answer.

Q7: Will I have to pay the any up front expenses?

A: No. I advance all costs associated with your case. I never ask you for a penny until we recover from the at fault party.

Q8: What do you charge for recovering my medical expenses?

A: I do not charge my clients a fee recovering their past medical expenses. Most lawyers charge 33% for this. I base my fee on what is recovered in addition to your medical expenses. If your lawyer charges you for recovering your medical expenses it can significantly reduce how much goes in your pocket. For example, if you had $50,000 in medical expenses and a $100,000 settlement, your lawyer would get $33,000, $50,000 would go to repay your medical expenses, and you would be left with around $17,000. In a case like that, I would base my fee off of the $50,000, putting $33,000 in your pocket instead of approximately $17,000. The only time I charge a fee for recovering your past medical expenses is when someone other than the client, usually my client's insurance company or healthcare provider, pays me to recover the medical expenses.

Q9: Are there any hidden fees?

A: No. I do not charge you fees for consultations, opening your file, copies, long distance, etc. Before you hire a lawyer, make sure you find out what they will be charging you, as these hidden fees can add up.

Q10: Do you charge more for filing a lawsuit or going to court?

A: No. Unlike most lawyers, my fees do not increase for filing a lawsuit, going to court, litigating motions, or going to mediation. The only time my fees increase is if we go to trial or arbitration, which usually happens in less than 10% of my cases. Before you hire a lawyer, make sure they don't increase their fees just for filing a lawsuit or spending a few hours in mediation.

Q11: How soon after my bicycle accident should I call you?

A: Not without talking to a lawyer. Insurance companies rarely offer you a fair amount for your injuries without a lawyer. Two extreme examples are one case where my client was offered $4,000 before he hired me. At trial a jury awarded us $550,000. In another case client was offered $1,500 and a jury awarded us $138,000. Insurance companies do not get to determine the value of your injury case, that is up to you or a jury. If you have already received an offer for your injuries, contact me and I will let you know if I think it is a fair offer. I will not charge you for this consultation. If I do not beat their original offer to you, I will not charge you an attorney fee.

Q12: How do I pay your legal fees?

A: I handle bike accidents and all other personal injury cases on a contingency fee basis. This means YOU DO NOT OWE ME A LEGAL FEE UNLESS I RECOVER MONEY FOR YOU. I do not ask for any attorney fees upfront. If there is no recovery there is no fee.

Q13: Do insurance companies treat lawyers who try cases differently than "trial cowards" that don't try cases?

A. Yes. They pay their clients less. Below is a quote from Reptile, a book by David Ball and Don Keenan. David Ball is the best trial consultant in the country and Don Keenan is the best trial lawyer in the country. This is why I try cases. Most lawyers don't. Who would you rather hire?

The insurance companies know every negotiation move you've ever made. They know if your comfort level is limited to settling in order to avoid trying cases — or if you will do the best for your client even if "best" means walking out of mediation and into trial. If your trial threshold is too high, change it. If you are or remain a trial coward, especially once you're armed with the methods in this book, you're in the wrong job and you ought to tell that to your prospective clients. Your client deserves a lawyer the insurance companies respect. And that respect is independent of any particular case.
http://www.reptilekeenanball.com

Q14: Will I get to talk to a lawyer if I call?

A: Yes. Everyone who calls for a free consultation gets to talk to a lawyer. I do not have my staff screen cases. Usually you will get to talk to a lawyer right away or later the same day.

Q15: Should I call you even if I want to handle my claim myself? ?

A: Yes. In a few minutes over the phone I can usually give you an estimate of what your claim is worth so you don't get ripped off by the insurance company. If they give you an offer and you later hire me, I will not charge you a fee unless I can increase the amount that goes into your pocket.

Q16: Can I recover even if the motorist never hit me?

A: Yes. Many people are under the misconception that there has to be physical contact between a cyclist and a motor vehicle for the motorist to be liable. This is not true. There are many situations where cyclists are injured when they take evasive action to avoid being hit, and crash as a result. The motorist can still be held liable if their negligence required the cyclist to take the evasive action.

Q17: Can I recover if the other driver had no insurance?

A: Yes. If you have uninsured motorist coverage, you can recover money for your medical bills and pain and suffering even if the other driver had no insurance.

Q18: Does my auto insurance personal injury protection (PIP) cover accidents when I am on my bike?

A: Many auto policies will cover you if you are injured in a bicycle accident or while on foot.

Q19: How do I know if I have a good bicycle accident claim?

A: You need to contact me and we can discuss your case. My consultation on a personal injury case is always free.

Q20: How long does it take to settle most bicycle accident and personal injury cases?

A: It depends on the nature of your personal injury claim. I have settled smaller claims for the full amount my client wanted within 10 days and I have settled policy limits cases in as little as a few months. Larger personal injury cases typically take longer to settle. Oregon law has a provision that can require insurance companies to pay my attorney fees for bicycle accident cases under $10,000, so oftentimes cases under $10,000 can be resolved quickly, as the insurance companies don't want to get a big attorney fee bill from me.

Q21: Will pursuing my case take up a lot of my time?

A: No. Oftentimes I only meet with clients for the initial interview and then we can just talk over the phone. If we do have to go to court, it will take more time. I realize your time is important, so I don't waste it.

Q22: Will I have to go to trial?

A: The vast majority of bicycle collision and personal injury cases don't go to trial. However, I treat each case as if it is going to be a trial, as you have to be willing to go to trial to maximize your settlement.

Q23: Do I need a Oregon bicycle lawyer?

A: In order to settle your bike accident case you will have to deal with insurance companies. Their goal is to pay you as little as you will take. It is tough for someone who is not familiar with bicycle accident cases to know what a fair settlement amount is. An experienced Oregon bicycle accident attorney can help you to determine that amount and reach a fair settlement.

Q 24: I don't want to bankrupt somebody. What happens to the person I sue?

A: Although the lawsuit will have the other driver's name on it, we are actually going after the insurance company's money. In virtually every case, the person we sue does not have to pay a penny, as their insurance company pays the settlement or verdict amount, as well as all of the legal fees. In the three cases where I have received verdicts bigger than the policy limits, the insurance companies still paid, as it was their fault for not settling for the policy limits.

Q 25: What types of Oregon accident cases do you handle?

A: I handle all types of Oregon personal injury, wrongful death and products liability cases, including: crashes and collisions involving bikes, scooters, wheelchairs, and mopeds.

Q 26: What parts of Oregon do you handle cases in?

A: Although I am located in Portland, Oregon, I will handle take cases throughout the state of Oregon.

More Questions?

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Or give me a call, 503.243.1900

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Causes I Support

BTA - proud supporter of the Bicycle Transportation Alliance

The Oregon Food Bank

Proud to be a continued contributing donor

Z-Man Foundation

August 2012: I donated a couple of fishing trips and raised a few thousand dollars for the Z-Man foundation. Mark was an excellent guy who met a tragic death.

Oregon Bicycling

I am proud to be a contributing sponsor of the Bicycle Transportation Alliance (BTA) and a proud sponsor of the "BTA Alice Toeclips Awards."

Oregon Bicycle Racing

I support Oregon Bicycle Racing Assocation (OBRA) OBRA.org

Proud to be a continued contributing sponsor of the Alpenrose Velodrome Challenge, and of the Alpenrose velodrome.



I want bicyclists to get the best possible legal representation

I network with many top USA bike attorneys (who are also dedicated long time cyclists themselves) Colorado, Idaho, Utah, Pennsylvania, New York City and upstate New York. I also network with many more bicycle attorneys throughout the USA such as Seattle bicycle attorney Bob Anderton and San Diego bicycle accident attorney Dean Goetz.

The Oregon State Bar lawyer referral and research tool are very helpful services.

Please email me if you are looking for an experienced bicycle attorney in any other state. I will try to help you find an experienced bicycle attorney in any other state at no charge to you.