Car accidents can be traumatizing experiences with long-term consequences. Car accidents can happen to anyone, and they usually occur when we least expect them. Distracted driving, drunk driving, and dangerous road conditions are all common causes of Portland car accidents. Car accident victims often suffer devastating injuries, such as traumatic brain injuries and spinal cord injuries that require expensive long-term medical treatment and time off of work.
Our Portland Car Accident Lawyers are Here to Help
If you or your loved one has been injured in a Portland car accident, you need an experienced personal injury lawyer on your side. Under Oregon law, when one driver’s negligence causes another person’s injuries, the negligent driver can be held financially liable for the victim’s injuries. Our car accident lawyers have a proven track record of obtaining the full a
mount of compensation that our clients deserve. Contact us today to schedule your initial consultation to learn how we can help you.
Common Causes of Portland Car Accidents
Thousands of Oregon residents become injured in car accidents every year. Unfortunately, many of these car accidents are entirely preventable. Human error is one of the leading causes of car accidents. Some of the most common causes of Portland car accidents are:
- Distracted drivers: Drivers are more distracted than ever. It only takes five seconds of looking down to check a text message to travel the length of a football field. Drivers today are tempted continuously by smartphones, tablets, laptops, and other technological devices. In addition to technology, eating, drinking, small children, pets, andtalking to friends while driving can also cause car accidents.
- Intoxicated drivers: Despite the efforts of the state of Oregon and nonprofit groups, intoxicated driving continues to cause car accidents. When a driver is under the influence of drugs or alcohol and causes a car accident, he or she is liable for the resulting damages. Proving that the outside driver was intoxicated is not always easy, but our experienced personal injury lawyers can help.
- Manufacturing defects: Defective products such as faulty airbags, auto glass, or seat belts can also cause car accidents. While most car accidents are the result of negligent drivers, some occur due to defective auto parts. Defective or improperly maintained tires are another common cause of car accidents. Defective tires are particularly dangerous when semi-trucks are involved. One semi-truck tire blowout can lead to a dangerous multi-vehicle car accident.
- Dangerous road conditions: Cities and states must maintain their roads in a reasonably safe manner. When they fail to keep their roads safe, victims have the opportunity to bring a claim against the liable municipality. Bringing claims against government entities requires a different set of procedural rules with strict deadlines. The sooner you speak to a lawyer about your case, the better.
- Speeding and reckless drivers: When drivers speed, the likelihood of causing a car accident increases dramatically. Speeding and reckless drivers cannot correct their driving to avoid collisions or slow down to avoid crashing into another vehicle.
Determining Liability for Your Car Accident
The first step in bringing a car accident lawsuit or filing a claim for insurance compensation involves determining who is liable for the accident. Multiple parties can be liable or at fault for the car accident. Drivers have a duty to drive reasonably under the circumstances. When they breach that duty by driving while intoxicated or driving negligently, they are liable for the injuries that result.
Oregon follows a legal doctrine called modified comparative negligence. If you have been injured in a car accident, the amount of compensation you can obtain will be reduced by your percentage of fault in the accident. If your share of fault for the accident is higher than the other parties involved, you will not be able to obtain compensation.
The experienced personal injury lawyers at DuBois Law Group, LLC, will conduct a thorough investigation into your car accident case and help you determine who is liable. In some cases, the negligent driver is liable, and his or her employer is also liable for negligent hiring practices. In other cases, two negligent drivers may have caused the car accident that resulted in your injuries. In that case, you would be able to bring a lawsuit against both at-fault drivers.
Recovering Compensation After Your Car Accident
Successful personal injury plaintiffs are entitled to economic and non-economic damages resulting from their injuries. The car accident lawyers at DuBois Law Group, LLC Advocate assertively for our clients so they can obtain the full amount of compensation they deserve. Whether you are filing a claim with the out all drivers insurance company or plan to file a personal injury lawsuit, we can help you negotiate for the most compensation possible. Car accident victims are entitled to compensation for the following damages:
- Loss of earnings and loss of expected future earnings
- All medical expenses
- Rehabilitation expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Any other costs associated with your injuries
Wrongful Death Lawsuits Involving Car Accidents
If you have lost a loved one in a car accident caused by a negligent or reckless driver, your family may be entitled to compensation through a wrongful death lawsuit. Nothing can bring your loved one back. However, succeeding in a wrongful death lawsuit can help your family recover compensation that can help you move forward as you grieve, including money for your late loved one’s medical expenses, funeral, and loss of future income.
Check Out Our Learning Resources!
For more information on Oregon traffic laws and how they relate to your case, please take advantage of the following resources right here on our site:
- Your Guide to Oregon Traffic Signal Laws
- 7 Common Mistakes That Can Wreck Your Oregon Accident Case
- Tips for Getting Your Car Repaired by Your Insurance Company
Contact Our Portland Car Accident Lawyers Today
If you have become injured in a Portland car accident, DuBois Law Group, LLC is here to help. Personal injury lawsuits can become complicated, and it is best to start the process of gathering evidence as soon as possible. You only have two years from the date of your car accident to file a car accident lawsuit against the at-fault driver. Speak to a car accident lawyer as soon as possible. Whether you plan to file a claim through the at-fault driver’s insurance company or file a personal injury lawsuit, we can help. Contact DuBois Law Group, LLC today to schedule your initial consultation.