Portland Car Accident Lawyers
Auto Accident Representation in Oregon
Around 2 million drivers in car accidents experience permanent injuries every year in the United States. Many of these accidents could have been avoided entirely. With distracted and impaired driving becoming more popular ever year, personal injury claims continue to increase. At Levine Law Center LLC, we provide top quality representation to individuals who have suffered a serious injury during a car accident due to someone else’s negligence.
If you or your loved one was injured in a car accident due to negligence, contact our office online today to speak with our Portland car accident lawyer.
Types of Car Accident Cases We Handle
Unfortunately, car accidents are a common occurrence with around 3 million Americans injured due to a car collision per year. Crashes result in fatalities, property damages, and serious injuries. At Levine Law Center, we offer a wide range of car accident legal services including:
- Car accidents
- Truck accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- DUI accidents
- Rear-end collisions
- Head-on collisions
- Wrongful death
- Hit and run accidents
- Multiple vehicle collisions
- Speeding accidents
How to File a Car Accident Personal Injury Case
Oregon is one of the states in the U.S. that utilizes a modified comparative fault rule, which means you cannot recover damages if you are considered 51% of more at fault for an accident. You can still file a personal injury lawsuit if you are 50% or less at fault for the accident.
The first step to filing a personal injury lawsuit is to hire an experienced Portland car accident attorney to ensure your rights are protected. Next, refer to the Oregon statute of limitations to make sure you file your claim within the allocated time frame. In Oregon, a personal injury case must be filed within 2 years from the date of the injury. A wrongful death case is allotted 3 years from the date of the injury.
After, provide your attorney with proper documentation for your first consultation. This documentation will help prove your case and might consist of:
- Copy of a police report
- Photographs of your physical injures and any damage to your vehicle
- Witness testimonials or statements
- Insurance details
- Hospital records and medical bills
- Copy of your health insurance and car insurance
Our Portland car accident attorney will be better able to provide you with an accurate personal injury compensation quote if he/she has access to more detailed and thorough evidence.
During your consultation, your personal injury case will be evaluated as not every one of these cases requires going to court. Often, your attorney can obtain the best possible settlement by working out a deal with the at-fault party’s insurance company.
What Kind of Damages Can You Receive?
In Oregon, you may be able to receive economic or non-economic damages or compensation in the form of:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages or income
- Vehicle repairs
- Pain and Suffering
- Mental anguish
- Emotional distress
How Much Money Can You Recover for Damages?
The settlement you may receive for the injuries sustained during a car accident depends on a variety of factors including but not limited to the following:
- Nature and extent of the injuries and their long-term impacts
- Insurance policy limitations
- Limitations on damages
If you were injured in a car accident and you were not at fault (or mostly at fault), you deserve some compensation for your pain and suffering as well as for the impact your injuries have on your ability to function in your daily life. The possibility of you receiving a higher settlement increase if your injuries are serious or have long-lasting impacts on your life and ability to work.
Who is at Fault for a Rear-End Collision?
Generally, the driver in the rear tends to be at fault for most of these collisions. However, this is not always the case. The lead driver may be at fault if one of the following conditions existed at the time of the accident:
- The lead driver's brake lights were broken
- He or she was intoxicated
- The lead driver was intentionally trying to get hit or did so in an act of anger or revenge
- He or she was reversed into you either by mistake or through negligence
If you need a rear-end car accident lawyer in Portland, OR call us today for trial-tested representation.
Should I Get a Lawyer for a Minor Car Accident?
Even if you are involved in a relatively minor car accident, it’s wise to contact a Portland car accident attorney as soon as possible. What you think was a minor accident could have caused injuries that you wouldn’t be aware of until your shock from the incident subsides.
In some cases, even fender-benders can create enough whiplash to cause injury to the neck and back. By acquiring legal counsel, you can protect your ability to make a claim in the future even if you don’t think the accident is very serious in the moment.