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Full Physical and Monetary Recoveries for Injured Eugene Truck Driver
Our client in this automobile accident, which occurred last winter, was a Eugene, Oregon pickup truck driver. She was traveling north on a main road in Eugene when the collision occurred. As she entered an intersection, another driver failed to yield the right of way and pulled into our client’s traffic lane in front of her, causing our client to strike that driver’s vehicle at a ninety degree angle in a “T-bone” accident. Our client’s truck was totaled in the accident and she was seriously injured.
Our client was seen at Urgent Care following the accident, where she was diagnosed with a low back sprain/strain with possible torn muscles. Due to the severe pain and discomfort that she was experiencing, she was seen at the emergency room the following day. Additional tests were conducted during that visit and our client was advised to receive chiropractic care and massage therapy treatments for the next four months, which she did.
Although our client did not sustain any wage loss in this accident, she incurred significant medical bills that she did not know how to pay. For this reason, and because she was unsure how to proceed with a claim against the at-fault driver, she contacted and retained the well-known Oregon car accident lawyers at Dwyer Williams Cherkoss Accident Injury Attorneys to represent her.
Our firm’s Eugene-based personal injury attorney and partner, Richard, managed this case. He was able to establish a Personal Injury Protection claim with our client’s insurance company, which got all of her medical bills paid at once. As soon as our client’s treatment was complete, Richard collected all of her medical records and bills and sent a demand package to the adverse insurance company.
Within a short amount of time, Richard and his experienced Eugene, Oregon auto accident law firm staff were able to obtain a fair and reasonable settlement with the at-fault driver’s insurance company that fairly compensated our client for the pain, suffering, and disruption to her life caused by their irresponsible driver. Our client was happy with the fallout from her Eugene auto accident and with her decision to work with Dwyer Williams Cherkoss PC.
Tripled Settlement For Bend Auto Accident Victim After DWP Files Lawsuit
Our client was leaving a Bend hospital after meeting with her doctor when she was injured in a sudden auto accident. She had pulled up to a stop sign but couldn’t see traffic clearly because of some shrubbery obstructing her view. As she inched forward to make sure that the roadway was clear, a motorist behind her mistakenly assumed that she was accelerating into the street. He drove his car into the back of our client’s vehicle, injuring her.
Our client sought immediate medical treatment for her accident related injuries and then approached the at-fault driver’s insurance company in order to resolve her claim. The insurance company resolved to negotiate in good faith. At this point, she realized that she needed advice and representation by experienced and tough Oregon auto accident lawyers.
As soon as we were retained as counsel to our client, we reviewed her medical records and sent a demand to the insurance company. Unfortunately, we were initially unable to get the insurer to increase its offer by much. After consulting our client, we filed a lawsuit. Soon after depositions, the insurance company approached us and offered to settle for three times the amount that it offered our client before she had legal counsel. We accepted the offer and our client was happy with the result.
Oregon Driver Recovers Health and Damages After Serious Accident
In this recently settled case, one of our Central Oregon auto accident injury clients had been seriously injured near his Bend home. His vehicle was stopped and he was waiting to make a left turn, when another motorist failed to stop and ran right into our client’s car. The impact of this collision was so forceful that it pushed our client through the guard rail and down an embankment.
This was a serious accident that created extensive property and physical damage. Our client was unsure of how to deal with all of the involved insurance companies, so he decided to call an experienced Oregon auto accident injury lawyer for advice. Having heard that Dwyer Williams Cherkoss PC prides itself on getting our clients the best possible settlements, he called and hired us.
Before anything else, we ordered our client’s comprehensive medical records and evaluated his claim. We also wrote to his employer in order to verify the wages that our client lost as a result of this serious auto accident. The case ultimately settled for a fair amount that compensated our client for his accident-related medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. He was happy with his decision to hire our Oregon auto accident lawyers and to get back to living his life.
Treatment Costs Covered for Uninsured Driver in Rear-End Collision
In this Central Oregon rear-end auto collision case, our client was injured while driving his car down a busy street in Bend. He was sitting at an intersection, waiting for his traffic light to turn green from red, when another driver plowed into him from behind. The force of this collision lurched our client and his vehicle forward suddenly, which injured our client’s neck and back.
Unfortunately, at the time of this accident our client didn’t have health insurance and his auto insurance policy did not include coverage of medical expenditures related to auto accidents. Our client called the experienced and tough Oregon auto accident injury lawyers at Dwyer Williams Cherkoss PC to help him get the treatment he needed and to settle this auto injury claim.
We contacted our client’s medical providers right away and offered to protect their accounts if they would treat our client for his accident-related injuries and hold on billing him. The providers agreed, allowing our client to complete treatment for his auto accident-related injuries.
Once our client had finished treating his injuries, we sent a demand package to the at-fault driver’s insurance company. They almost immediately began negotiating a settlement with us. Our client accepted a fair offer and was happy with his treatment as well as with his representation by the compassionate yet tough Oregon auto accident attorneys at Dwyer Williams Cherkoss.
Settlement for Uninsured Passenger Injured in Auto Accident
Our client was riding as the front seat passenger in her friend’s car when another driver plowed into the rear of their car. Our client was seriously injured in the accident, but she did not have health insurance and neither driver had auto insurance at the time of the accident. She called us because she knew that she needed a team of experienced Oregon auto accident lawyers on her side in order to sort out paying her bills.
We immediately went to work by contacting the various involved insurance providers. We convinced them to hold our client’s account open until the case ended by agreeing, in exchange, to pay their full balance before our client received any compensation of her own.
In the end, we settled for a fair value that covered all of our client’s medical expenses as well as a pain and suffering award. Our client was happy to be able to put this messy affair behind her and to move on with her life having been made whole.
Semi-Truck Accidents Usually Result in Fatality
Unfortunately for those of us who love living here and who regularly use local roadways, Oregon is prone to trucking accidents. According to ODOT’s 2011 Summary of Oregon Truck Safety, half of the trucks accident on Oregon’s roads are attributable to poor driving or mechanical failure.
Semi-truck accidents account for about 12% of all motor vehicle fatalities each year and the occupant of the other vehicle is killed in 98% of those cases. The primary reason for this deadly outcome in semi-truck accidents is the massive weight and size differential between 80,000 lb loaded semi-trucks and 3,000 lb passenger vehicles. People in passenger vehicles that are struck by semi-trucks have little chance of surviving.
Regulatory Changes Promote Safety
Major regulatory changes have been introduced to the trucking industry in recent years. Standards and processes for accident documentation, employment screening, working hours, driver training and safety requirement have all been improved. Despite these steps in the right direction, large trucking companies are still pushing Congress to increase the national cap on truck size from 80,000 pounds to 97,000 pounds. The battle to keep our roads safe for passenger vehicles continues.
This is our second post in a blog series about semi-truck accidents in our state. The attorneys at our law firm are experienced Oregon semi-truck accident lawyers and we are here to help you if you or a loved one has been injured in a semi-truck accident in our state.
Head On Collision Accident Victim Compensated For Pain And Suffering
Our client and her passenger were driving in southern Oregon when a motorist approaching from the opposite direction at high speed veered into her lane and caused a head-on collision. Our client as well as her passenger were seriously injured in this accident and they sought immediate medical attention for their accident-related injuries.
Unfortunately for our client, the other motorist was uninsured at the time of the accident and our client’s medical bills totaled almost $70,000. She called the tough but compassionate auto accident injury attorneys at Dwyer Williams Cherkoss PC to help her resolve this stressful matter.
Once we were retained as counsel, we opened a medical claim and an uninsured motorist claim for our client. After she had fully completed her treatment, we ordered her complete medical records in order to evaluate her claim. We then contacted her insurance company to discuss the claim’s resolution.
Armed with this medical evidence that her injuries were accident-related and not attributable to any other cause, we were quickly able to convince the insurance company to offer our client a policy limits settlement. We also successfully negotiated down her medical bills to a fraction of what she had originally owed. Our client was happy that she received a settlement for her pain and suffering in addition to having all of her bills paid and, most importantly, that she was able to put the case behind her.
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.
Our 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.
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).
Our 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 Cherkoss 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.
Settlement for Uninsured Driver Injured in On-the-Job Accident
Our client was on the job, driving a company vehicle, when he was rear-ended while entering a freeway. This was a low-speed collision, but it nevertheless caused property damage to the vehicle and the other driver did not dispute liability. Following the accident, our client started to experience lower back pain that ultimately required corrective surgery.
The problem our client faced was that, although the company car that he had been driving was injured, his employer did not carry workers’ compensation insurance. Our client had no motor vehicle insurance of his own. He called the experienced auto accident attorneys at Dwyer Williams Cherkoss for help in this on the job auto accident injury and workers’ compensation case.
The defendant’s insurance company attempted to take the position that no serious injury could have occurred because the accident was low-speed. They also claimed that our client’s injuries were attributable to preexisting health conditions rather than to the accident itself.
We worked with the State of Oregon Workers’ Compensation Division to get a workers’ compensation claim opened through provisions established for non-complying employers. Once we were able to establish this claim for our client, his medical bills and wage loss were paid and he could obtain the treatment that he required. Upon completion of his treatment we obtained documentation from our client’s treating physicians attributing his need for treatment and surgery to the automobile accident rather than to any other cause.
The negotiation process took several months since the defendant’s insurance company refused to abandon its claim that our client’s back injury was unrelated to the motor vehicle accident. Determination and patience, supported by the facts, finally turned the tide in favor of our client. The adverse driver’s insurance company offered him a full policy limits settlement. Our client was satisfied with this settlement given the insurance company’s initial reluctance to negotiate and was even happier when we were able to also establish an uninsured claim on his behalf that paid him the full policy limits.