Car Accident Attorneys

Fair Settlement Reached for Rear-End Auto Accident Victim

Our client was a passenger in a vehicle being driven by his wife. They were driving on a rural road, climbing a small hill, when they spotted a pedestrian in the road walking his dog. As they slowed their vehicle down to avoid hitting the pedestrian, another motorist traveling behind them failed to stop in time to avoid causing a collision. The second motorist rear-ended our client, injuring him badly.

Rear End Collision Auto Accident Attorneys | Car Accident Injury Attorneys | Oregon Car Accident Injury SettlementOur client’s injuries were primarily soft tissue injuries that were slow to resolve. The insurance adjuster made a low ball offer to resolve the case, which our client wisely rejected before calling us. He had heard of our firm’s reputation for tough negotiating with insurance companies and hired us to get him the Oregon auto accident injury settlement he deserved.

We had numerous communications with the at-fault driver’s insurance company during negotiations. We were able to continue working them up to a fair settlement offer using our knowledge of our client’s accident-related medical treatment, his past medical history, and Oregon law.

After several months of negotiations, we were able to resolve the case for a fair value and our client was happy with the result.

Injured Bicyclist’s Settlement Docked for Late Child Support Payments

Our client was riding his bicycle when he came to an intersection controlled by a street light. He pushed the walk button and waited for a green light before preceding. As the light turned green, he started across the intersection. He was riding his bicycle very slowly, at approximately 2-3 mph, when a motorist who was attempting to make a turn suddenly struck in the cross walk. Our client mostly endured soft tissue injuries for which he received several months of treatment.

Oregon Bicycle Accident Injury AttorneysUnbeknownst to us when we were retained as counsel, our client was behind on his child support payments when this auto-bicycle accident occurred. When the State of Oregon learned about our client’s personal injury claim, it promptly contacted our law firm. The State placed a lien on Kenneth’s claim because of his failure to pay child support. The immediate bar we faced to recovering for our client was that, in settlement negotiations, the adverse insurance company wanted to send the majority of settlement funds to the State.

We researched Oregon law on the issue of child support liens and determined that the State was entitled to take fifty perfect of the settlement after attorney fees and costs. At the conclusion of the case, we paid a portion of our client’s back child support and he was able to keep a portion of the settlement pursuant to Oregon law. In the end, our client was very happy with our guidance and representation in this difficult matter.

Settlement Finally Reached for Head-On Collision Accident Victim

Our client was injured while riding in the front seat of her car, which was being driven by her husband. She and her husband had been traveling South on a highway outside of Eugene, Oregon, when a north-bound vehicle crossed the center line and collided with them head-on. The other driver received a citation for driving under the influence of intoxicants (DUII).

Oregon Auto Accident And Personal Injury AttorneysOur client’s car was totaled and she was rushed to the hospital by ambulance.  In the hospital, she learned that she had sustained serious neck, back, knee, and rib injuries. These required six months of rehabilitation after her hospital stay. In addition to months of discomfort and pain as the result of this accident, our client also incurred substantial medical expenses.

Approximately four months after this accident, our client called the experienced Oregon auto accident attorneys at Dwyer Williams Dretke PC because she had not been able to get the at-fault driver’s insurer to communicate with her. She had not been compensated for her totaled vehicle or been able to obtain a rental car. She had an attorney at the time, but was frustrated because nothing was being done to assist her.

We were able to get our client compensated for her vehicle and for loss of its use within one week of being retained by her.  After reviewing her medical records, we were able to show the insurance adjuster that our client’s injuries were caused by the accident rather than by any other factor.  The defendant’s insurer had attempted to claim that our client’s injuries were attributable to her old age and frailty rather than the accident, but her medical records clearly indicated otherwise.  We settled the case after extensive negotiations, much to the satisfaction of our client.

Sleep-Deprived Teens At Hightened Risk of Crashing

According to a study recently released online in the JAMA Pediatrics journal, drivers between the ages of 17 and 24 who report having slept 6 or fewer hours per night were about 20 percent more likely to be involved in an auto accident than those who slept longer than 6 hours per night.

Sllep Deprived Teens More Likely to CrashThis study, which was conducted on participants in New South Wales, Australia, was not highlighting a new problem: sleep deprivation and “drowsy driving” are well-known factors contributing to auto accidents.  The novelty of this study was that it focused young drivers and found that sleep affected young drivers’ ability to drive safely more their age, number of driving hours per week, and even risky driving behaviors like speeding.

JAMA emphasized that young drivers should be a focus of driver safety efforts because they already experience more impairment in alertness, mood, and physical performance than older drivers.

If you or your child has been injured in an auto accident in Oregon, don’t hesitate to call the experienced auto accident injury attorneys at Dwyer Williams Dretke PC today for your free consultation at 541-617-0555.

Does the Type of Auto Accident Injury That You Sustain Affect Your Settlement?

Happy Friday before Memorial Day weekend!  Today’s video clip from our founder and senior partner Roy Dwyer discusses whether or not the type of auto accident injury that you have sustained matters when you are trying to settle your auto injury accident claim:

As Roy explains in this clip, the simple answer to your question is yes: the kind of injury that you have sustained does affect your settlement. This is so because insurance companies typically take the position that soft-tissue injuries (i.e. no broken bones, neck injuries, back injuries, sprains, etc. that do not require corrective surgery) are nonexistent and worth very little. Insurance companies do not put much stock in these kinds of injuries. If you have to have surgery, if you have a broken bone, if you have neurological deficits resulting from the accident, then you will be able to recover more money in your settlement. The frustrating truth is that it is very difficult to recover significant damages when you have only sustained soft tissue damage in your accident.

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.

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