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Hurt In A Crash? Call Our Portland Accident Lawyers Today

If you have been injured in a serious traffic accident, you‘re likely going through an incredibly stressful time. In addition to the pain and suffering from your injuries, you may be burdened with tremendous expenses related to the cost of medical care, rehabilitation, and loss of income.

Is Dealing With Insurance Giving You A Headache?

Navigating the insurance process and ensuring that your bills are being paid is often a nightmare, especially if you were a pedestrian or a bicyclist and multiple insurers are responsible for your bills. No matter how far along in the process you are our attorneys can help you navigate the insurance process and make sure you are receiving the compensation you deserve.

If you’ve been hurt in a car crash in Portland due to no fault of your own, turn to Siefman Law for help. Let our firm help you get the money you need to get treatment, pay your bills, repair or replace your vehicle, and move on with your life. When you hire Siefman Law, you can trust that we will take the time to fully understand your needs, goals, and concerns so that we can craft a tailored legal strategy aimed at securing the results you want and deserve.

Contact our firm online or call us at (503) 395-2135 today for a free initial case review to learn more about your rights and options.

Auto Accidents in Portland

According to figures from the Oregon Department of Transportation compiled by the City of Portland, 2020 saw 54 fatalities in traffic accidents in the city, the highest number of traffic-related deaths in Portland since 1996. Of these deaths, 56 percent occurred on only eight percent of Portland’s streets, which the city has termed the High Crash Network. ODOT further reports that, in 2018, there were 9,477 total motor vehicle crashes in Portland.

If you’ve been hurt in a car crash in Portland due to no fault of your own, turn to Siefman Law for help. We know you are likely dealing with the stress of recovering from your injuries and missing time from work or missing out on life activities due to the crash. Let our firm help you get the money you need to get treatment, pay your bills, repair or replace your vehicle, and move on with your life.

When you hire Siefman Law, you can trust that we will take the time to fully understand your needs, goals, and concerns so that we can craft a tailored legal strategy aimed at securing the results you want and deserve.

Contact our firm online or call us at (503) 395-2135 today for a free initial case review to learn more about your rights and options.

Causes of Car Accidents in Portland

Car accidents happen every day. While some are minor fender-benders that result in little more than vehicle dents and scrapes, others result in severe and lasting injuries to those involved.

It’s important to note that most “accidents” are no accident. Almost all crashes can be attributed to negligence or recklessness by a driver involved. Some of the most common causes of car accidents in Portland include:

  • Speeding
  • Driving too fast for conditions
  • Reckless driving
  • Failure to signal
  • Failure to yield
  • Running stop signs and traffic lights
  • Drowsy or fatigued driving
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs
  • Distracted driving, such as texting-while-driving
  • Tailgating
  • Inexperienced drivers
  • Improper or neglected vehicle maintenance
  • Vehicle design or manufacturing defects
  • Poor road conditions, such as broken pavement or potholes, or slick surfaces from rain and motor oil or from snow or ice

Common Car Accident Injuries

Despite advances in vehicle safety over the years, car accidents can still result in many kinds of serious injuries for vehicle occupants. Common examples of injuries suffered in car accidents include:

  • Severe lacerations and excessive bleeding
  • Broken bones
  • Dislocated joints
  • Strained or torn ligaments, tendons, or muscles
  • Internal organ damage and internal bleeding
  • Whiplash injuries
  • Neck and back injuries, including disc herniations
  • Spinal cord injuries and paralysis
  • Head injuries, including eye trauma
  • Traumatic brain injuries, including concussions
  • Burns
  • Amputations

Compensation after a Car Accident

If you’ve been injured  in a car accident that was caused by someone else’s actions or failure to act, you may be entitled to compensation for the losses that you’ve incurred. Compensation in car accident claims may cover expenses and losses such as:

  • Medical treatments, including hospital bills, surgeries and other procedures, doctor’s appointments, and prescription medications.
  • Rehabilitation, including physical or occupational therapy, or mental health therapy to recover from the emotional trauma of the accident.
  • Lost wages or income due to missed work during recovery after the accident.
  • Lost earning capacity or potential, if you suffer disabilities that impact your ability to work.
  • Lost quality of life, due to physical scarring or disfigurement, or due to the inability to perform daily tasks or participate in physical activities.
  • Physical pain and emotional distress caused by your injuries and treatment.
  • Property damage, including repair or replacement costs for your vehicle or for any other property of yours that was damaged or destroyed in the crash.

Car Accident FAQs

How long do I have to file a car accident lawsuit?

Under Oregon’s statute of limitations, you typically have two years from the date of the accident to file a lawsuit to pursue compensation from the at-fault party or parties. If you file your lawsuit after the statute of limitations has expired on your claim, the defendants in your case can move to have your lawsuit permanently dismissed from court, meaning you may lose your right to compensation for your injuries and losses.

Can I still receive compensation if I was partially at fault for the car accident?

Potentially yes. Oregon follows the modified comparative negligence rule. Under this rule, an injured party may recover compensation from other parties so long as the injured party’s share of fault is not greater than the combined fault of all other at-fault parties. In other words, you may recover compensation for a car accident you were partially responsible for causing so long as your share of fault is less than 51 percent. However, the compensation you receive will be reduced in proportion to your share of fault.

For example, if you suffered $100,000 of losses but you bear 25 percent of the responsibility for the accident and your injuries, your compensation will be reduced by $25,000 to reflect your share of fault.

Do I need an attorney if I want to accept the insurance company’s settlement?

You don’t have to have an attorney, but hiring one could help improve your outcome. The insurance company wants you to accept as little money as possible, so they may try to get you to agree to a settlement before you’ve had a chance to talk to a car accident attorney and learn more about the true value of your case.

Before you sign any documents presented by the insurance company or agree to any settlement, you should first consult with a car accident lawyer about your rights and options. An attorney can help you understand the full value of your case and can negotiate with the insurance company for a settlement offer that more fairly and fully compensates you.

What benefits does Personal Injury Protection (PIP) Insurance provide after a car accident?

Personal injury protection insurance, or PIP, is a no-fault provision of your auto insurance policy that can pay for things like medical expenses, lost wages, and necessary services after an accident. This benefit is available by Oregon Law regardless of whether or not you caused the accident. Read more about PIP insurance.

Contact a Car Accident Attorney Today

If you’ve been injured in a car accident in Portland, don’t wait until it is too late to take action. Begin the process of pursuing financial compensation for your injuries and losses by calling Siefman Law today.

Our Portland car accident lawyers will provide a free, no-obligation consultation to discuss your case. We represent car accident clients on a contingency-fee-basis, which means you won’t owe us anything until we secure money for you.

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