As Portland hit and run injury attorneys, we can help you in several ways. Our experience with this type of case allows us to comprehend all the complexities of your situation, and we understand your need for justice.
First, we can help you by hiring investigators to track down the driver and help you work with the D.A. to bring criminal charges.
If the hit and run driver is found, we can help you get compensation for injuries and damages through their insurance…
If the hit & run driver is not found, we can help you get compensation through your own uninsured and underinsured motorist coverage on your auto policy.
If you or a loved one has sustained serious injuries in a hit and run accident, file a police report, get the contact information for any witnesses, and call our office at 503-486-3557 or send us your case information online for a FREE case evaluation. Start learning about your legal rights and options from our experienced attorneys today.
Oregon hit and run accident laws are complex, but you need to understand them to be able to protect your rights.
Oregon Hit and Run Injury Accident Laws
According to Oregon State Law (ORS 811.705), in the case of an auto accident where one or more parties is injured, the party that is responsible for causing the injuries is required to immediately stop and remain at the scene of the accident until released by a police officer.
If you have been injured in an auto accident, and the driver at fault for your injuries did not stop, you have the right to seek legal recourse for your injuries (ORS 811.700) and any damages to your vehicle. If you had other occupants in your vehicle, they also have the right to legal recourse for any injuries sustained in the Portland hit and run accident.
National government statistics show that approximately 11% of all car accidents are hit & run accidents. This equates to nearly 700,000 hit & run accidents per year in the United States. If you or a loved one has been a victim of one of these irresponsible, law-breaking drivers, you should know that, most of the time, the driver is never caught.
What this means is that you are forced to recover your losses from your own insurance policy, but a Portland hit and run accident attorney can help you through the process. Insurance companies are in the business of collecting premiums and paying out as little as possible for losses.
Insurance adjusters are promoted based on how little they pay out. They do not work for you! You will need a competent and knowledgeable Portland hit and run accident attorney to deal with the insurance companies so that you can begin to heal from your injuries – physical, emotional and financial.
We Help Hit and Run Injury Victims Receive Fair Compensation
We understand the serious bodily injuries that are suffered by hit and run accident victims, and we work hard to get our hit and run accident clients fair compensation.
Our legal team has the resources and the experience to assist you or your loved one with every aspect of your hit and run injury accident case. We want you to recover the maximum possible compensation package for your injuries, which may include damages for:
- Present and future medical expenses
- Loss of wages
- Future loss of wages
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Loss of quality of life
Past Oregon Hit and Run Accident Case Examples:
Hit and Run Case Example #1: Wealthy Driver Hit Bicyclist
R.S. was riding his bike home when he was struck by an SUV. The SUV’s driver, a prominent Oregon businessman, then drove away from the scene – leaving R.S. on the side of the road. R.S. was very seriously injured, and later required surgery, physical therapy, and treatment for PTSD. Luckily, as a lifelong athlete, his body was able to heal more fully than most people’s. This story, a local news phenomenon after it appeared on the front page of the Oregonian, brought attention to the problem of hit and runs in Portland. This case settled for $500,000 at mediation.
Hit and Run Case Example #2: Driver Hit Client’s Car and then HIM
Cody B.’s case was dramatic from the beginning. After a woman rear-ended him, she yelled at him and then drove away – but during her escape, she hit him in the knee with her bumper! Without any information, it took some searching to find the woman and verify her insurance. The police were also looking for her to press criminal charges for the hit and run.
The property damage was not extensive, but the vehicular assault caused two tears in the meniscus of Cody’s knee, which required surgery. Cody hired us to help him find and charge this horrible driver for the damages he sustained. In the end, Cody was pleased with his settlement and the way we worked with him during his treatment. For complicated cases like this, it is important to have an advocate on your side.You can read C.B.’s rear-end accident testimonial on our testimonials page or watch his video. This case settled for $100,000, the max possible under auto insurance.