Oregon Accident and Injury Attorneys

Auto Accident Victim Recovers Despite Inconclusive Medical Records

Our client was lawfully driving her vehicle in Bend, Central Oregon, when another motorist ran a red light and T-boned with our client’s car.  Our client was seriously injured as a result of the wreck and, although her pain was consistent from the day of the accident onward, her physicians had trouble finding the exact cause of some of her symptoms.

Oregon Auto Accident Injury Attorneys Side Impact

This unfortunate auto accident victim contacted the caring and compassionate Oregon car crash injury attorneys at Dwyer Williams Dretke PC to help her negotiate with her insurer on her behalf. We immediately collected our client’s complete medical records and began building evidence of the causal relationship between the Bend T-bone auto accident and our client’s injuries.

After several rounds of negotiation, we sufficiently convinced the insurance company of our theory of our client’s injuries and pain that the company made her a policy limits offer.  Our client walked away happy to be able to move on with her life and to have been restored to financial health after this traumatic accident and its fallout.

How Does the Extent of Your Injuries Affect the Value of Your Case?

It is Friday again and that means it is time for a video from Roy. In this week’s video, Roy explains how the extent of your injuries affects the value of your case:

If you have a permanent disability or permanent injury, then that will of course increase the value of your Oregon personal injury case. As Roy explains, cases in which injuries are permanent are tragic, but their value is much higher than those in which you suffer minor injuries. That said, personal injury attorneys always feel good when they have clients whose accident-related injuries improve: their cases may not be worth as much, but the value of your case is a secondary consideration to your health.

If you have been injured in an accident in the state of Oregon, call an experienced personal injury attorney right away. Call us for a free consultation at 541-617-0555 or visit our website for more information: roydwyer.com

To view additional informative videos about personal injury law in the state of Oregon, visit Dwyer Williams Dretke PC’s You Tube channel.

Evidence Disappears and is Tampered With in Semi-Truck Cases

Semi-Truck Accident Attorneys in OregonSemi-truck accident cases are unique for several reasons, some of which I have discussed in previous posts in this series.  They cause qualitatively and quantitatively more damage than other accidents on Oregon’s roadways, and they regularly end in fatality.  Another reason why these cases are unique is that critical evidence in semi-truck accidents often conveniently “disappears” or gets tampered with.

Disappearing Evidence 

Trucking companies have been known to send their investigators and experts to the scene of a semi-truck accident within minutes of a collision occurring.  Big-rig trucks can be moved and evidence at the scene can be altered, which makes it much harder to prove what caused the accident.

Tampering With Logbooks and Data Records is Common

Drivers’ logbooks and trucks’ on-board data recorders are often tampered with in Oregon semi-truck accident cases.  Driver logbooks are maintained by drivers to record the number of hours that they have been on the road and compliance with mandatory rest period requirements. There are specific “hours of service” regulations that a driver is not supposed to violate, which includes the requirement that drivers rest for mandated periods of time. A truck driver’s violation of these rules may be important in establishing negligence and proving that driver fatigue was a cause of the semi-truck collision.

Data from trucks’ on-board data recorders can also provide valuable information regarding hours of service, sudden braking, maintenance issues, and more.  This data will typically be erased unless your Oregon semi-truck accident lawyer takes immediate steps to put the trucking company on notice that the data must be preserved.

How Long and Costly are Oregon Personal Injury Trials?

Happy Friday! In this week’s video, Roy discusses the average length and cost of Oregon personal injury trials. Here is what you can expect:

An average Oregon personal injury trial will last between two and three days. More complicated trials last longer, sometimes exceeding five days. You can expect the plaintiff lawyer to make an opening statement, then the defense lawyer to do the same. There will be witnesses on either side, people will be cross-examined, then there will be closing arguments before the jury decides which side wins and which loses. The cost of a personal injury trial in Oregon varies depending upon the number of expert witnesses involved, but the minimum cost in our experience is $4,000 to $5,000. Most cases run $6,000 to $7,000, and more complicated cases cost more.

If you have been injured in an accident in the state of Oregon, call an experienced personal injury attorney right away. Call us for a free consultation at 541-617-0555 or visit our website for more information: roydwyer.com

To view additional informative videos about personal injury law in the state of Oregon, visit Dwyer Williams Dretke PC’s You Tube channel.

Proving Negligence in Semi-Truck Accident Cases

Semi-truck accidents are very dangerous and they create more damage than any other kind of accident on Oregon’s motorways.  Litigating semi-truck accident cases is different from litigating other personal injury and auto accident cases because the stakes are so much higher.

Semi Truck Accident Attorneys in OregonTrucking accidents can be classified as rear-end collisions, sloshing accidents, battery fire accidents, fuel oil fire accidents, rollover accidents, and more.  As is the case in any type of motor vehicle accident, in order to make a recovery in any of these kinds of trucking accident cases it will be necessary to prove negligence on the part of the semi-truck driver and/or the trucking company.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and Oregon state law heavily regulate the trucking industry.  A violation of these regulations can constitute negligence so it is critical that you work with an experienced Oregon semi-truck accident law firm rather than a law firm that only occasionally handles trucking accidents.

Insurance companies each have a team of adjusters, investigators, and semi-truck accident attorneys whose primary responsibility is to limit the insurer’s liability and to minimize the amount of money paid out to injured parties. It is imperative for semi-truck accident victims to have a similar teams watching out for their needs.  If you or a loved one has been injured in a semi truck accident, contact the experienced semi-truck accident attorneys at Dwyer Williams Dretke PC today.  You need and deserve the best.