On a clear June morning, our client drove her silver Ford Thunderbird through a school zone near Grants Pass High School. It was about 8:15, and kids in the area were just getting to school. She turned on her signal and stopped at a crosswalk where she waited to make a left turn. She glanced into her rear-view mirror just as a Toyota truck crashed into the back of her car. The impact threw her forward and her seat belt locked. She soon felt pain in her neck and back. The following day, she went to immediate care and was diagnosed with neck and back strain, a direct result of the accident.
After three months of treatment, her medical bills totaled nearly $1,700. The truck driver’s insurance company only offered her $1,501 for her medical expenses and her pain and suffering. She turned to Dwyer Williams Dretke experienced auto accident injury attorneys and, earlier this month, I filed a $10,000 suit on her behalf. The at-fault driver was negligent in following too closely, failing to drive at a proper speed, failing to keep a proper lookout, and failing to control his truck.
The case was filed under a provision of Oregon law for small tort claims which stipulates that the insurance company pay the attorney fees if a jury awards our client more than the original settlement offer. That puts pressure on the insurance company to take the case seriously and offer a settlement without the case having to go through extensive litigation. And, more importantly, it can mean more money in our client’s pocket. This was the case for our client, and she received a very fair settlement from the insurance company that covered her medical expenses and compensated her for pain and suffering.
If you’ve been injured in a car accident and aren’t getting a fair settlement from the insurance company, we can help. One of our expert Personal Injury Attorneys will be happy to discuss your Oregon Personal Injury case with you. Call us now: 541-617-0555