Legal

In a Crash or Get a Ticket?

While the odds may be pretty good that you will never be involved in a crash, there are resources available that can prepare you for what to do in the event of an incident.

  • Know the law. An understanding of the fundamentals of insurance, medical services, and the legal system will help you in the event of a crash.
  • Obtain complete and accurate information about the other person(s) involved.
  • Ask eyewitnesses to provide details and identification.
  • Seek medical treatment if you have any question at all about whether or not you are injured.

Many people find it challenging to navigate the complexities of traffic law, insurance coverage, and the legal system without an attorney. If you decide to seek counsel, make your selection carefully based on recommendations from people you trust. If you decide to handle the case on your own, there are free resources available to help. Attend a Bicycle Legal Clinic with attorney Ray Thomas and consult detailed legal guides for Oregon bicyclists and pedestrians, available to download below.

Free Rules of the Road Clinics

Learn about your rights and responsibilities on the road. For over a decade, bicycle lawyer Ray Thomas has been sharing his wisdom with cyclists around the state in this 60-minute clinic on bicyclists’ rights and responsibilities on the road. Learn about Oregon bicycle and pedestrian laws, insurance information, and what to do if you’re in a crash. Includes a lively question and answer session, and a free copy of “Pedal Power, a Legal Guide for Oregon Cyclists.”

See our Legal Clinic schedule here. 

All legal clinics take place at 6:00 p.m. in The Street Trust office, unless otherwise noted.
Questions? Contact: [email protected]

Legal Guide

Pedal Power: A Legal Guide for Oregon Cyclists (pdf) is a collection of information about bicycles and the law in Oregon. The material is collected in sections relating to laws, with explanatory articles about several areas. Its purpose is to provide bicyclists with more knowledge about the laws of the roadway. 2010 version written by attorney Ray Thomas and published by the Bicycle Transportation Alliance (now The Street Trust).

Oregon Pedestrian Rights: A Legal Guide for People on Foot (pdf) 2008 version written by attorney Ray Thomas and published by the Willamette Pedestrian Coalition.

Oregon and SW Washington Families for Safe Streets

The Street Trust and Oregon Walks support a local group of families who have experienced the tragic loss of a loved one to reckless traffic in Oregon and Washington and are demanding rapid implementation of Vision Zero.

If you have lost a family member to traffic violence, or you or a family member have sustained a serious injury on the road, and you’d like to join the group, contact [email protected] or call Stephanie at (503) 226-0676 x14. You can also follow the group on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ORSafeStreets.

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Classroom

Safe Routes to School Education Programs

The Street Trust Walk+Roll Youth Education program is one of the best programs in the country. We offer several program models designed to bring education services to your students, to train your teachers, and to encourage students and families to walk and bike to school. We will work with you to customize a program model that works for your school or district.

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