Hire an Oregon motorcycle accident attorney who rides.

I ride street, track, motocross, and off road. I have ridden thousands of miles on my street bike and know the dangers that motorcyclists face every time they get on a bike. In my experience, most motorcycle riders are very safe and cautious, as our life is on the line if we are not. Insurance companies often try to blame motorcyclists just because we are on two wheels.

I work very hard on all of my motorcycle cases, as I know it could have been me that went down. I am a big believer in motorcycle training.



Michael A. Colbach, Attorney, at Law PC Portland Motorcycle Attorney Michael Colbach

Why should you hire Portland trial lawyer Mike Colbach?
Proven Results.

I do not know of any other Oregon lawyer who is consistently getting better jury verdicts on motor vehicle accident personal injury cases. I can make insurance companies pay when they do not want to by taking your case to a jury.

Top Multnomah County motor vehicle verdicts.

A judge recently showed me the list of top Multnomah County auto accident verdicts. According to this list, two of the top ten verdicts are car accident cases that I tried to a jury. I have two of the top 4 Multnomah County auto accident jury verdicts since 2014.  Some of these trials and verdicts were reported on by the Portland media:

I am actively trying personal injury cases and as long as insurance companies continue to try and cheat my clients, I intend to keep trying cases.

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No Win = No Fee

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

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

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140 + Trials. 25 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 motorcycle accident insurance recovery. I offer one-on-one service, and I will not hand your case off to an inexperienced lawyer or a paralegal.

Which Portland motorcycle accident lawyer to choose?

Before you hire a motorcycle injury attorney, make sure they are qualified. 95% of Oregon personal injury lawyers rarely, if ever, go to trial. Most are not very good at it and have had little success at trial. If you hire a lawyer who does not try cases, you are stuck taking whatever the insurance company offers.

Anyone can say that they are aggressive and will fight for your rights. Make them prove it.

Before you hire an attorney, ask them how many cases they have tried to a jury and what there results have been. If they are not actively trying cases and have not had a number of large verdicts, do you want to trust them with your case?

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

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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Q1: Do I have to file an Accident Report with the Oregon DMV?

Q2: What does my Oregon motorcycle insurance cover?

Q3: What is Oregon Personal Injury Protection (PIP)? How does PIP help recover for lost wages?

Q4: What if it was Hit and Run, Uninsured Driver, or Under-insured motorist?

Q5: Do all Oregon motorcycle accident attorneys charge the same amount?

Q6: What do you charge to handle an Oregon motorcycle accident case?

Q7: Why is it so important to hire an Oregon motorcycle attorney who goes to trial?

Q8: How do I pay your legal fees?

Q9: Lawsuits can be expensive, will it cost me any money up front for filing fees, court costs, expert witness fees, and any other costs?

Q10: What do you charge for recovering my medical expenses?

Q11: Are there any hidden fees?

Q12: Do you charge more for filing a lawsuit or going to court?

Q13: 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?

Q14: What is my motorcycle claim worth?

Q15: Should I accept the offer that the car insurance company has given me?

Q16: How soon after an motorcycle accident should I call you?

Q17: Do insurance companies treat lawyers who try cases differently than "trial cowards" that don't try cases?

Q18: Will I get to talk to a lawyer if I call?

Q19: Should I call you even if I want to handle my claim myself?

Q20: Can I recover if the other driver had no insurance?

Q21: How do I know if I have a good motorcycle accident or personal injury case?

Q22: How long does it take to settle most motorcycle accident personal injury cases?

Q23: Will pursuing my case take up a lot of my time?

Q24: Will I have to go to trial?

Q25: Do I need an Oregon lawyer?

Q26: I don't want to bankrupt somebody. What happens to the person I sue?

Q27: What types of Oregon accident cases do you handle?

Q28: What parts of Oregon do you handle cases in?


Q1: Do I have to file an Accident Report with the Oregon DMV?

If you are involved in an auto accident in Oregon, you must file an Oregon Traffic Accident and Insurance Report with Oregon DMV within 72 hours when:

  • Damage to any vehicle is over $2,500 (even if your vehicle was the only one in the crash);
  • Any vehicle is towed from the scene;
  • Injury or death resulted from this accident; or
  • Damages to anyone's property other than a vehicle involved in this accident is more than $2,500.

For more details and the Reporting Procedures at Oregon DMV Accident Report web site.

Note that even if a police officer was at the scene of your accident and filed a crash report, you must still file the Oregon Traffic Accident and Insurance Report Form with the Oregon DMV.

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Q2: What does my Oregon motorcycle insurance cover?

Oregon minimum insurance coverage Bodily Injury and Property Damage Liability includes:

  • $25,000 per person;
  • $50,000 per crash for bodily injury to others; and
  • $20,000 per crash for damage to others property
  • $25,000/person and $50,000 per crash of Uninsured Motorist Coverage

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Q3: What is Oregon Personal Injury Protection (PIP)? How does PIP help recover for lost wages?

This insurance coverage is mandatory for all auto insurance, but not motorcycle insurance. It is possible to have PIP benefits for a motorcycle but you would have to specifically ask your insurer for the PIP coverage and pay for the additional coverage. If you do not have health insurance, I highly recommend paying for the addition of PIP benefits as it will not increase your monthly insurance costs significantly while providing real benefits: healthcare, dental, and wage loss coverage. With PIP coverage in Oregon, if you are injured in an auto, bicycle, or pedestrian accident, your auto insurance provides a minimum of one year and $15,000 in no-fault medical coverage. In addition to medical coverage, your personal injury protection insurance provides wage loss coverage and loss of essential services for up to $30 a day.

Wage Loss Oregon Revised Statute (ORS) 742.524 (b)

As part of PIP coverage, if the injured person is usually engaged in a remunerative occupation and if disability continues for at least 14 days, 70 percent of the loss of income from work during the period of the injured persons disability until the date the person is able to return to the persons usual occupation. This benefit is subject to a maximum payment of $3,000 per month and a maximum payment period in the aggregate of 52 weeks.

Oregon Senate Bill 411 extends this time for personal injury protection to 2 years (new law went into effect on January 1, 2016, effective on policies issued or renewed on or after that date). Therefor, having PIP coverage can be a huge help in recovering after a crash, and also, if you do add this coverage, it is a good idea to increase the minimum coverage to a level that would be helpful to you and your family for 2 years.

If you do not have nor want PIP coverage, there do exist other forms of insurance coverage types to give you similar coverage.

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Q4: What if it was Hit and Run, Uninsured Driver, or Under-insured motorist?

Uninsured Motorist, Underinsured Motorist (UM /UIM) Oregon Revised Statute (ORS) 742.502

Oregon insurance law requires minimums for uninsured and underinsured motorist coverage of $25,000. This Oregon insurance law also changed under SB 411 effective January 1, 2016 allowing for, "insurance stacking." Insurance "stacking," allows injured motorists to add their uninsured motorist coverage on top of the at - fault driver's liability coverage so injured you can get your total insurance coverage defined as the total amount of all coverage available because you will be able to "stack" your UM/UIM coverage on top of the at-fault party's bodily injury liability (BI) coverage.

Increasing your UM and UIM insurance coverage from the minimum requirement is a very good idea, consider this a way to protect yourself from dangerous drivers who may also be uninsured or just under-insured and can even help you in the event of a hit and run.

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Q5: Do all Oregon motorcycle 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.

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Q6: What do you charge to handle an Oregon motorcycle 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.

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Q7: Why is it so important to hire an Oregon motorcycle 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 well 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.

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Q8: How do I pay your legal fees?

A: I handle motorcycle accident, scooter, moped, auto accident, and all of my 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.

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Q9: 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 I forward 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.

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Q10: 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.

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Q11: 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.

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Q12: 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.

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Q13: 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.

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Q14: What is my motorcycle claim worth?

A: The value of your motorcycle accident injury claim depends on the severity and permanency of your injuries. Contact me now for a free consultation so I can assess your claim and tell you what I think it is worth.

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Q15: 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.

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Q16: How soon after an motorcycle accident should I call you?

A: Call me immediately. Do not give the other person's insurance company a statement until you have consulted with a lawyer. I make a point of returning all calls and e-mails promptly. If you have been injured in a motorcycle crash, you need to know right away what insurance coverage is in place to cover your medical expenses and lost wages.

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Q17: 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. https://reptilekeenanball.com

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Q18: 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.

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Q19: 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.

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Q20: 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. I recommend that you buy as much uninsured motorist coverage as you can afford. It is inexpensive and can protect you if you are ever seriously injured by an uninsured motorist.

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Q21: How do I know if I have a good motorcycle accident or personal injury case?

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

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Q22: How long does it take to settle most motorcycle accident personal injury cases?

A: It depends on the nature of your personal injury claim. I have settled many policy limits cases within 90 days of taking the cases. The bigger your case is, the longer it usually takes to get it settled or take it to trial. I don't sit on cases when they come through the door, my staff and I literally start working on them the day we get your intake paperwork. I work hard to get your case resolved as quickly as possible, but it can take some time to get a fair amount. The majority of the cases I handle either settle or go to trial within one year you hiring me. Once your personal injury case is settled, I can usually put a check in your hand within 14 days.

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Q23: 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.

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Q24: Will I have to go to trial?

A: The vast majority of motorcycle 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 the amount of money you receive.

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Q25: Do I need an Oregon lawyer?

A: In order to settle your personal injury and motorcycle 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 motorcycle accident and personal injury cases to know what a fair settlement amount is. An experienced Oregon personal injury attorney can help you to determine that amount and reach a fair settlement.

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Q26: 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.

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Q27: 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: auto accidents, bicycle accidents, motorcycle accidents, ATV accidents, boating accidents, dog bites and all other types of injury cases.

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Q28: 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.

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