Legal Section Archives

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Woman sues for over $670,000 after collision caused serious injuries

Posted on July 24th, 2015 at 12:50 pm.

Waving someone else through an intersection is not a good idea. This is why.

Man wins in court three years after police, insurance company blamed him for collision

Posted on June 25th, 2015 at 12:03 pm.

Justice for a man wrongfully accused of slamming into an SUV while biking down Broadway.

DIY prosecution of dangerous vehicle operators: A guide from Ray Thomas

Posted on June 9th, 2015 at 11:44 am.

Take the law into your own hands.

Noted lawyer Ray Thomas opposes bill that would mandate rear bike lights

Posted on May 6th, 2015 at 1:18 pm.

Rear lights are nice, but should they be legally mandated?

Lawsuit stemming from crash during mountain bike race is withdrawn

Posted on January 27th, 2015 at 1:56 pm.

A lawsuit many feared might deal a crushing blow to MTB racing in Oregon has been dismissed.

Get Legal with Ray Thomas: What you need to know about hit and run

Posted on January 6th, 2015 at 12:10 pm.

(Photo by J. Maus/BikePortland) Hit and runs are far too common in Oregon. Unfortunately, so is the feeling of helplessness about what to do about them. In the spirit that knowledge equals power, I’ve put together a primer on the laws surrounding hit and runs and what do to if you are ever involved in Read More »

Two local lawsuits put focus on riding conditions, responsibility – UPDATED

Posted on January 5th, 2015 at 12:56 pm.

Two bike riders in separate cases have filed lawsuits after crashing on allegedly dangerous routes.

Get Legal: Being “nice” is dangerous and could make you at fault in a collision

Posted on September 17th, 2014 at 2:54 pm.

Please stop being nice. It only makes the roads more dangerous.

Get Legal with Ray Thomas: Oregon’s ‘Safe Passing’ law explained

Posted on January 6th, 2014 at 3:53 pm.

Bike lawyer Ray Thomas breaks down Oregon’s “safe passing law” in this final installment of our three-part series.

In Roseburg, popularity of bicycling thwarts punitive police power grab

Posted on August 22nd, 2012 at 9:56 am.

“Public hearing” or not; not all bike lanes are “safe and reasonable” to ride on.(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland) Earlier this month, police officers in the City of Roseburg tried to strengthen their authority to ticket people who do not ride in bike lanes. They thought they could sneak an agenda item through City Council and Read More »