Personal Injuries Lawyer

Powerful Texting and Driving Documentary by Werner Herzog

The video below was commissioned by AT&T and other cell phone providers to address the huge problem of texting and driving in our country. “From One Second To The Next” was released August 7th, 2013, and it profiles four families across the country who were affected by critical or fatal car accidents resulting from a texting driver.

From One Second To The Next:

The film was commissioned for an anti-texting-and-driving campaign also backed by Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon. Learn more about the “It Can Wait’ campaign at www.itcanwait.com.

Can Defendants Consult Any Doctors in Your Personal Injury Case?

We have made it to Friday again, and this week’s video will be our last in the series answering your questions about personal injury law. In today’s clip, Roy answers the question of whether or not the defendant can get examined by a doctor of their choosing in your Oregon personal injury case:

As Roy explains in this video, once you file your complaint in Oregon, the defendant can have you examined by a doctor of their choosing. Normally in this process you can provide your medical records to a doctor, who will review them prior to examining you. These doctors are not plaintiff-friendly. They are hired by the defendant and the reports that they will provide will say one of two things: either that you are not in fact injured and that a preexisting condition is to blame or that your injuries are minor.

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 Cherkoss PC’s You Tube channel.

Will You Have the Opportunity to Depose the Defendant?

Happy Friday! In this week’s video, Roy answers a common question posed by clients in Oregon personal injury cases: will they have the opportunity to depose the defendant?

As Roy explains in this video, yes you do have the opportunity to depose defendants in your Oregon personal injury case. You can ask the defendant anything about his or her personal life – such as place of birth, marital status, criminal record, and history of drug use – but your personal injury attorney will primarily ask about how the accident happened. If he or she can establish in the deposition that there is no issue regarding fault, then you have a very good chance of getting the case settled without having to go to trail. For this reason, the defendant’s deposition is very, very important.

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 Cherkoss 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 Cherkoss PC’s You Tube channel.