pedestrian accident

After Tough Negotiations, Large Settlement for Injured Pedestrain

Our client was walking through a parking lot on his way to a bus stop when a motorist backed up without looking and hit him.  Our client was knocked to the ground and his hip and elbow were broken.  Our client sought timely medical help and treatment for his accident-related injuries, but his medical expenses exceeded the at-fault driver’s insurance policy limits.

Oregon Pedestrian Accident Injury AttorneysAfter he had hired the dedicated and tough auto accident injury attorneys at Dwyer Williams Dretke PC, we contacted the at-fault driver’s insurance company and were able to get it to disclose its insured’s policy limit.  Once we knew this figure, we let our client’s health insurance know that there would not likely be enough money to go around.

After several rounds of negotiation, we were able to reach an agreement with our client’s health insurance company wherein it agreed to reduce its lien by almost half to total outstanding amount.  From there, we were able to get all of our client’s accident-related medical expenses paid and to get him a generous pain and suffering settlement.  Our client was thrilled with his decision to work with our experienced and tough personal injury attorneys.

CDC: Older Pedestrians Twice as Likely to Die in Traffic Accidents

A new CDC report has found that older pedestrians are up to twice as likely to die in traffic crashes than younger pedestrian accident victims.  According to the CDC’s research (available here), pedestrians aged 65 and older accounted for 19% of all pedestrian deaths in 2010 and traffic-related deaths for pedestrians aged 75 and older are more than double those of people 34 and younger.

There are several reasons why elderly pedestrians are more likely to die or sustain serious injuries in traffic accidents than younger people are.  Their bodies are more frail, so recovery from traffic accident trauma can be tenuous.  Unfortunately, older pedestrians’ frailty is also a factor contributing to their increased likelihood of being involved in traffic accidents to begin with.  The elderly experience physical deterioration that places them at a heightened risk of being struck by passing vehicles: their vision, mobility, and response time can all be compromised.

According to an expert at the CDC, the number of elderly who are killed while walking on our national roadways could increase as our country’s population continues to age.  The CDC also urged that pedestrian fatalities can be prevented with tools such as speed bumps, enlarged pedestrian cross-walks and safety zones, and more rigorous enforcement of speeding and drunk or distracted driving laws.

Insurer Settles with Oregon Woman Injured in Slip and Fall Accident

Dwyer Williams Dretke Personal Injury Attorneys just settled a premises liability case on behalf of a young woman who was injured in a slip and fall accident several months ago.  The details of this case are as follows.

Medford Oregon Premises Liability Attorneys | Oregon Premises Liability Attorneys | Oregon Slip and Fall Injury AttorneysOur Oregonian client was taking an early morning walk on her way to meet a friend for coffee when she suddenly tripped and fell into an unmarked, gaping hole in the sidewalk.  As she would later learn, on the previous day a car had driven into a pole at that very location, knocking it over and leaving a sizable hole in the sidewalk.

The local power company failed to finish repairing the downed power line and it left the site unmarked and openly dangerous to pedestrians.  Before consulting her lawyer, our client made an official statement to the power company’s claims representative describing the accident. Shortly thereafter, she completed treatment for her accident-related injuries and retained the compassionate Oregon slip and fall attorneys at Dwyer Williams Dretke PC to help her recover in this Oregon slip and fall case.

Once we had reviewed our client’s claim, we began negotiating with the power company’s insurance company.  The claims adjuster attempted to escape responsibility for our client’s extensive injuries by using her prior statement. After several rounds of negotiation, our experienced Oregon premises liability attorneys convinced the power company that it was largely responsible for failing to make the accident site safe for pedestrians walking along the street.  At the end of the day, our client’s claim settled for a generous amount that she was happy with and that covered her accident-related medical expenses.

Settlement Won for Parking Lot Accident Victim

Dwyer Williams Dretke recently settled a pedestrian injury claim without the need for costly and time-consuming litigation.  The details of this accident and ensuing legal process are as follows…

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Our client had just finished shopping at a local convenience store and was loading her purchases into her car when she suddenly found herself pinned between her passenger-side door and the frame of her car.  A second motorist had been attempting to pull into the adjacent parking spot when he accidentally hit our client’s car door, which crushed our client behind it.  The force of the impact pinned our client to her car and left her with injuries for which she sought immediate medical attention.

After our client completed treatment for her accident-related injuries, the experienced Oregon auto accident and pedestrian injury attorneys at Dwyer Williams Dretke evaluated her claim and met with her to discuss our findings.  After several rounds of negotiations with the at-fault driver’s insurance provider, that company made its final settlement offer and presented it to us.  The offer was on the low side and, in fact, it failed to cover our client’s accident-related medical costs.

In response to this offer, Dwyer Williams Dretke sent a series of carefully-crafted letters to the adverse insurance company and to the at-fault driver.  In these letters, we explained that if we were to file a lawsuit related to the accident and win at trial, then these entities would be responsible for paying our attorney fees in addition to our client’s medical bills and any pain and suffering award.  The insurance company immediately retracted its first “final” offer and increased that settlement amount by an additional 20 percent.  Our client’s case settled quickly and smoothly, and our client was more than happy with the results.

Struck Pedestrian Gets Large Insurance Settlement

An Oregonian was recently walking through a parking lot to a bus stop when a driver carelessly reversed into him.  This pedestrian was knocked over with such force that his wrist and hip broke.  He called Dwyer Williams Dretke PC, experienced auto accident and pedestrian injury attorneys, and hired us to advocate on his behalf in this pedestrian accident injury claim.

Our client incurred significant accident-related medical expenses, which exceeded the at-fault driver’s insurance policy limits.  We contacted the at-fault driver’s insurance company and were able to convince it to disclose the at-fault driver’s policy limit.  Once we knew this dollar value, we next informed our client’s health insurance provider that there would be insufficient insurance money to pay all of our client’s accident-related medical and treatment bills.

After several rounds of negotiation, our client’s health insurance provider agreed to cut its lien by 50 percent.  With this reduction in place, we were able to get pay off our client’s accident-related medical expenses and to secure him a large pain and suffering settlement.  Our client was thrilled with his settlement package and with the professional pedestrian injury representation given to him by Dwyer Williams Dretke PC.