Motorcycle Accident Lands Bike in River

Date:  June 29, 2011
Location:  Highway 224, milepost 33, near Estacada
Name:  James D. Heys-Olson

Oregon State Police have filed charges against a 24-year-old Washington State man who was seriously injured in a motorcycle accident Wednesday afternoon, near Estacada.

At approximately 3:20 p.m. Wednesday, James Heys-Olson, from Longview, Washington, was driving a 2008 Yamaha motorcycle eastbound on Highway 224.  At a left-hand curve near milepost 33, the motorcycle reportedly left the highway and careened down a 40-foot embankment.  Heys-Olson was discovered lying on rocks near the Clackamas River; the Yamaha went into the water and was later recovered by a dive team.  Heys-Olson was wearing a protective helmet, but was seriously injured. 

Deputies from Clackamas County Sheriff’s office and members of the U.S. Forest Service were called to the scene.  Estacada Rural Fire District personnel removed Heys-Olson by ambulance to a location where he could be collected by LifeFlight.  He was then transported to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center, where his condition was described as serious.

After tests were carried out, Oregon State Police charged Heys-Olson with DUII, careless driving, driving without insurance, and driving without an operator’s license.

While accidents like this one can seem black or white, a closer investigation can sometimes turn up a surprise. Many will assume that the motorcyclist was too intoxicated to drive properly, or lost control of the motorcycle for some other reason. And perhaps that is exactly what happened. But there are many other possibilities as well. Poor road conditions may have caused this accident – for all we know, there may have been a large pothole that has already caused three accidents, or maybe the sharp left-hand curve where the accident occurred had no warning sign. If that is the case, there may be a lawsuit available against the city/county/state. Such a lawsuit would allow the injured person to receive compensation and hopefully prevent future accidents on that stretch of road. Maybe the motorcycle was recently brought in for new tires, which proved to be faulty or improperly installed. These things happen, and when someone is seriously injured, a competent Oregon personal injury attorney can investigate and find out what happened. Usually at no cost. For more information on what to do in the case of an Oregon accident, contact our office or read 7 Common Mistakes That Can Wreck Your Oregon Accident Case.