Oregon Accident and Injury Attorneys

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 Dretke PC’s You Tube channel.

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.