Car Accident

Receiving Help with Your Car Accident Injury Claim

In the state of Oregon, automobile accidents are one of the leading causes of injury and death. In most situations victims who have been injured by the negligent and/or reckless conduct of a third party will be made an offer to settle outside of court, but there may be times when you will need to protest the offer or take further legal action in order to receive the compensation you deserve.

What Is Negligent and Reckless Conduct?

A car accident can be caused by unsafe roadways, defective vehicles, and/or negligence. A personal injury attorney who specializes in car accidents will carefully review a case and analyze the evidence before determining the party or parties who are responsible for your injuries.

Negligence is the most common cause of car accidents in the state of Oregon. Some of the most common forms of negligence which can result in an accident include:

  • Distracted driving
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • Disobeying traffic laws (i.e. running a red light)
  • Failure to yield the right of way
  • Speeding
  • Fatigue
  • Aggressive driving
  • Defective vehicles or vehicle components
  • Tire blowouts
  • Poorly constructed, maintained or designed roadways

In some instances a car accident is caused by more than one party. A driver may be able to recover damages for negligence or reckless behavior of another driver, a manufacturer of a vehicle (yours, or that of another vehicle involved), or a public entity.

Do You Need an Attorney?

Insurance companies are eager to settle car accident claims as quickly as possible and for as little as possible. The majority of injured parties we meet have little to no experience when it comes to negotiating with insurance companies, and they do not realize the full value of compensation that they will need in order to heal and recover.

The attorneys at the law offices of Dwyer Williams Dretke PC have been able to recover an array of damages for injured parties, including:

  • Lost wages
  • Pain and suffering
  • Reimbursement of medical expenses
  • Compensation for wage loss based on future earning capacity
  • Compensation for reduced enjoyment of life
  • Loss of comfort and support of a spouse

Our personal injury attorneys act as your personal advocates. We make sure that your story is correctly heard by insurance companies, the judge, the jury and all other attorneys, and that you are fully compensated for your injuries.

You can schedule a free consultation with one of our car accident attorneys in Oregon today at (541) 617-0555.

Teenage Driver Injured in Major Car Accident Airlifted

A car accident along the Oregon 99E south caused serious injuries to a 19-year old driver. Initial investigation showed that the injured driver was in a white Ford Focus when a gold Cadillac struck the driver’s side door. The impact of the crash caused serious damage to the victim’s vehicle.

Due to the severity of his injuries, it was necessary for the teenaged driver to be flown and transferred to Willamette Falls Medical Center for immediate treatment.

Investigation into the circumstances of the car accident is ongoing.

Claiming Compensation for Car Accident

Considering that the point of impact of the car crash was at the driver’s side, the injured driver could have suffered from traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, fractures, and other internal injuries that require extensive and costly medical treatment and care.

If the injured driver is employed, he may also suffer from lost income and an impairment of his future earning capacity. Needless to say, the accident can significantly transform the life of the injured driver forever.

Just like the injured teenager, if you or a loved one is involved in a car accident resulting in serious injuries, you may be entitled to compensation under Oregon state law.

What you can claim in a car accident

Oregon revised statutes allow an injured party to recover economic and noneconomic damages. Economic damages refer to objectively verifiable expenses such as

  • Hospital
  • Medical
  • Nursing
  • Rehabilitation
  • Other costs of health care services
  • Lost income
  • Impairment of future earning capacity
  • Damage to reputation
  • Cost of substitute domestic services, and
  • Repair or replacement costs of the damaged car

Noneconomic damages are intended to compensate for non-monetary losses such as pain, mental anguish, emotional distress, humiliation, loss of care, companionship, consortium, and disruption of the normal and usual activities that are not related to gainful employment.

An additional monetary award considered as ‘punitive damages’ is also recoverable if the other driver is found to have been drunk driving. Punitive damages are intended to punish the negligent driver for his recklessness that caused the accident.

When to File a Compensation Claim

Oregon laws generally prescribe a period of two years from the time of the injury within which to file a claim for compensation, beyond which, the claim may be barred. In some cases, the compensation claim can expire in a period shorter than 2 years. Other types of claims require that formal notice of claim be given within a very short time period – usually 180 days. These claims include those involving any state, county or local governmental agency or a bar over-serving its patrons. Thus, it is important to seek the advice of a personal injury attorney immediately in order to preserve your claim.

In Portland, Oregon, the accident injury attorneys at Dwyer Williams Dretke have over 100 years of combined car accident experience. We have helped clients recover compensation in over 600 cases in the last three years alone.

Call us today at (541) 617-0555 for a free initial consultation.

The Common Causes of Auto Accidents

Auto accidents happen every day, all around the world. In total, over 10 million car crashes occur in this country every year, and, sadly, earlier this year [August], four people were killed in a single car crash in Sandy that ended in a fiery explosion.

While this crash only involved one car, such collisions can often involve multiple vehicles. Although there are many things that can cause a car wreck to occur, some are more common than others. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has identified two circumstances that have been responsible for most automobile accidents: driver error and “everything else.”

What is Driver Error?

Driver error is most often referred to as “distracted driving.” Unfortunately, such distracted driving has become more frequent given the rise of smart phones that can do just about everything a computer can do – and more. It is estimated that a quarter of all car crashes are caused as the result of cell phone use.

However, distracted driving isn’t the only type of driver error. Others include:

  • Drunk driving, which accounts for 40% of all auto accident deaths
  • Drowsy driving
  • Speeding

What Are the Other Causes of Car Accidents?

The second category identified by the NHTSA is “everything else.” This encompasses anything that leads to a car accident aside from driver error. These situations include:

  • Physical condition of the roadway due to weather
  • Improper maintenance of a road
  • Weather conditions that impair visibility, like snow, rain, or fog
  • Improper vehicle maintenance

Car crashes can cause injuries that can range from being very minor to very serious, and they often end in fatalities. As well, there is associated property damage and emotional trauma that accompanies the physical injury.

If you, or a loved one, have been in a car accident caused by the wrongful or negligent actions of another driver, or by an entity responsible for maintaining the roads, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Consulting with an experienced auto accident attorney can help point you decide the right way to pursue your automobile crash claim.

Obtain a Free Consultation

The auto accident attorneys here at Dwyer Williams Dretke have decades of experience handling these types of claims and have been successful in securing the maximum compensation possible for their thousands of their clients.

For a free initial consultation, we welcome your call to our office at (541) 617-0555.