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Raymond F. Thomas

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Ray was admitted to the bar in 1979 and is a member of the bars of the Oregon State and Federal courts. He obtained his J.D. from Lewis and Clark Law School in 1979.

Before going to law school, Ray worked as a private investigator and in a variety of manual trades including equipment operator, welder’s apprentice, janitor and crew supervisor. Ray has focused his practice on injury cases including personal injury and product liability. He has presented educational seminars on insurance and personal injury topics, and has organised and presented seminars for Oregon and national gatherings of attorneys. He is a regular commentator on pedestrian and bicycle law and safety.

His past positions include two years on the board of the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association, two years on the board of the Bicycle Transportation Alliance (BTA), membership on the BTA Legislative Committee, and seven years as chair of the National Lawyers Guild Litigation Committee.

He started a series of free legal clinics for bicycle riders in 1994, and gives regular bike and pedestrian law and safety presentations. His book Pedal Power: A Legal Guide for Oregon Bicyclists is now in its 8th edition, and he is the author of Oregon Pedestrian Rights: A Legal Guide for Persons on Foot (2007).

He loves to row and race his bike up hills. He and his law partner, Jim Coon, have led (these days they mostly follow) the Monday/Thursday Noontime Lawyers Bike Rides since 1991. Ray has four children and is active in Oregon’s bicycle, traffic, and work safety communities as an activist, commentator, and speaker.

Practice area focus: Personal Injury, Bicycle Law, Construction Accidents, Product Liability, Wrongful Death, Legal Malpractice.

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DO BICYCLISTS LOSE THEIR RIGHT TO THE ROAD WHEN OFF THE BICYCLE?

Bicycle riders are granted an important right to travel upon Oregon’s roads from the “Bicyclist Bill of Rights” contained in ORS 814.430. This law provides…

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Vulnerable Roadway User, A Useful Legal Concept for Bicycle and Pedestrian Injuries

The 2007 Oregon Legislature passed HB 3314, creating an enhanced penalty for careless driving if it contributes to serious physical injury or death to a…

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Do Not let the Driver’s Insurance Say You are at Fault for Passing on the Right Because You Were Not In a Bike Lane If you Got Right Hooked and the Driver Did Not Signal

We get told all the time about collisions where a bike rider is being blamed for a right hook collision and the driver’s insurance adjuster…

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PBOT's Crossbikes Crossings Add Further Confusion to Intersections

On August 2, 2016  BikePortland featured a column titled “Say Hello To “crossbikes” –Portland’s latest bikeway innovation” http://bikeportland.org/2016/08/02/say-hello-to-crossbikes-portlands-latest-bikeway-innovation-188841 .  The feature included photos and PBOT’s…

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Dangerous Passing: Reflections on a Close Call and Bicycle Safety

Richard and I have ridden up to this corner together countless times on the Lawyer Noontime Ride. It was a fresh mid February day and…

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Bicycle Car Dooring in Oregon: Use a Request For Admissions to Further Your Case

Using a "request for admissions" in a bicycle car dooring personal injury case Being doored by a car on your bicycle is a frequent cause…

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