Motorcycle accidents present unique legal and factual challenges that require an experienced motorcycle accident attorney.

Gary R. Johnson has handled motorcycle accident lawsuits for years, both in and out of court. He used to also be an avid rider, so he understands the risks that motorcycle riders face. An expert in the unique insurance and state traffic laws that apply to motorcycles, Gary knows what information insurance companies require so he can get his clients a fair settlement.

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Gary is great! You’d be hard-pressed to find anyone in the Bend area with the trial experience and expertise Gary has accumulated. He’s a battle-tested motorcycle accident attorney, and won’t be intimidated by bulldog tactics or big insurance companies. You can’t go wrong with him.”

– Christopher Bell, Google Review

How to Avoid Motorcycle Accidents


Many of us love the sense of freedom and adventure of riding a motorcycle – but riding does come with additional risks. You can reduce these risks and minimize injuries if you:


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What To Do After a Motorcycle Accident


1. Seek Medical Treatment & Document Your Injuries and Limitations

Highlighting how injuries and limitations from your motorcycle accident are impacting your life is crucial to getting the best results from your insurance claim. The most useful documentation comes from your doctor, so seek medical treatment and follow your doctor’s orders.


If the accident results in the death of a loved one, motorcycle accident attorney Gary R. Johnson can help you recover funeral and burial expenses, and other associated damages. Read “What is a Wrongful Death Suit?” for more information.


2. Report Your Accident to the DMV

You may have to file a report with the DMV within 72 hours or you run the risk of getting your license suspended. See if you need to file a Motor Vehicle Accident Report.


3. Get Medical Bills Paid

Car insurance policies include Personal Injury Protection or “PIP” insurance, which will pay your medical bills. However, motorcycle insurance companies are not required to include PIP insurance unless you request it.


If your motorcycle insurance did not include PIP, request that your health insurer pay your medical bills. The at-fault driver’s insurance company will usually not pay your medical bills before you settle.


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4. Get Paid for Your Pain and Suffering

To get paid for your pain-and-suffering, you must bring a claim against the at-fault driver’s insurance company. But be aware – they are not looking out for your best interests. It is a for-profit business first and its goal is to limit the amount of money it pays you.


Gary R Johnson understands the tactics of insurance companies because he used to represent insurance companies while working for Portland-based law firm Hart Wagner, and as head of litigation at Hurley Re in Bend. Now, he uses his insights to help people injured in motorcycle and auto accidents.


5. Contact an Experienced Motorcyle Accident Attorney ASAP

Make sure you contact a specialized motorcycle accident attorney before talking to the at-fault driver’s insurance company. Anything you say can be used against you. You have the best chance to recover your damages and get paid for pain and suffering by hiring a good attorney.


Even motorcycle riders who have admitted to speeding have been reimbursed for their damages. The insurance company often will offer the lowest possible amount to settle your claim, and will resist raising their offer.




Gary R. Johnson is a savvy motorcycle accident attorney who expertly  guides his clients through a trial or the process of filing an insurance claim – from accident investigation and evidence collection, to setting up and prosecuting claims. He provides the expertise at every stage to help you recover the best compensation from insurance companies.

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