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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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Construction equipment moving beside a damaged concrete sidewalk. Closures of sidewalks and bike lanes for construction are dangerous and often avoidable, and the state of Oregon could be doing more to protect non-motorized road users.

Protecting Sidewalks and Bike Lanes from Disruption by Construction

The other day I was driving along Tualatin Valley highway during afternoon rush hour. Both lanes in each direction were filled with cars. As I…

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A bike at night silhouetted against headlights, which emphasizes how tricky visibility can be in Oregon and how bicyclists can protect themselves through the use of bike lights and bright or reflective clothing.

Holding Dangerous Drivers Accountable for Injuring Bicycle Riders

It is a big shock when you get hit and hurt on your bike by a driver. AND it is a big disappointment to find…

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Woman in jeans standing next to a blue bike

Do Cyclists 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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Woman on bike stopped and texting in the middle of the road

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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