Car Accidents Attorney in Portland, Oregon
Auto accidents are among the major causes of injuries and deaths in Oregon and across the United States. According to the Oregon Motor Vehicle Traffic Crashes Facts, there were 38,141 total traffic crashes statewide in 2020, causing 27,998 injuries and 507 fatalities. When a traffic collision occurs, passengers and drivers often suffer minor or serious injuries, including bruising, arm and leg injuries, fractures, TBIs, spinal cord injuries, disfigurement, or even death.
If you or a loved one was hurt in a car accident caused by a negligent party, you may be eligible to pursue fair compensation by filing a personal injury claim. At Wallace Law Firm, P.C., I'm committed to offering compassionate representation, support, and detailed legal guidance to clients in their car accident cases. As an experienced Oregon personal injury attorney, I will fight vigorously to protect your legal rights and help you pursue fair financial compensation for your injuries, damages, or loss.
My firm – Wallace Law Firm, P.C. – is proud to serve clients in Portland, Oregon, and throughout all of Oregon, including Salem and Eugene.
Liability for Car Accidents in Oregon
Oregon is an "at-fault" auto accident state. According to the state's at-fault laws, the person who caused the car accident (at-fault party) will hold financial liability for any injuries, property damage, and other accident-related losses suffered by the accident victims. However, insurance policies in the state also require a built-in provision known as PIP (personal injury protection).
To recover damages, the injured person or driver can proceed by:
Filing an injury claim with their own insurer
Filing a third-party claim with the insurance carrier of the at-fault party
Filing a personal injury lawsuit against the at-fault party in civil court
A skilled personal injury attorney can evaluate all of the facts of your case and enlighten you about your possible legal options to pursue damages.
State Laws Addressing Personal Injury Claims
In the state of Oregon, there are certain statutes and rules addressing reporting a car accident, the time limit for filing injury claims, and the available damages that may be recovered.
According to Oregon law, a person involved in an accident must file an accident report within 72 hours of the collision if the accident resulted in:
An injury or death of a person
Vehicle damages of over $2,500
Vehicle damages of over $2,500 and the vehicle is towed from the scene
Comparative Fault in Oregon
Oregon operates using the modified comparative fault system, with a 51 % bar. Under the principle, you may receive compensation for your injuries if the other party was found to be mostly (51% or more) at fault for the car accident. However, the damages that you may recover will be reduced by your fault degree.
For instance, if the jury awards $30,000 in total damages against the at-fault party but finds you to be 40% liable for your injuries or accident, your damages will be reduced by $12,000. You will only recover 60% of $30,000 ($18,000). According to Oregon's modified comparative fault rule, you will be barred completely from seeking damages if you were found to be mostly (51% or more) responsible for the accident.
Statute of Limitations
The statute of limitations for personal injury claims in Oregon, including auto accidents, is two years from the date the accident occurred. This means that car accident victims must bring a civil action seeking damages within two years from the date of the injury or accident.
How Legal Counsel Can Help
Unfortunately, car accidents can cause long-term ramifications to your mental, financial, and physical health. Nonetheless, you don't have to suffer the pain and financial liability all on your own. If you were injured in an accident caused by someone else's negligence, you need to retain a highly-skilled personal injury attorney immediately to protect your legal rights and help you seek your deserved compensation.
At Wallace Law Firm, P.C., I have the knowledge, experience, and resources to help you hold those responsible for your injuries accountable. As your legal counsel, I can:
Evaluate and investigate every aspect of your personal situation thoroughly.
Gather all relevant information, evidence, and necessary documentation.
Help prove fault and establish liability.
Determine the magnitude of your injuries and losses and estimate case value.
Help negotiate a fair settlement with the insurance carriers involved.
Take additional legal action, if necessary.
Also, I will fight compassionately for your best interests and help you pursue fair financial compensation to cover medical expenses, lost wages, future medical treatment, and any additional pain and suffering you must have been through. Having me on your side can make a big difference in your personal injury claims.
Car Accidents Attorney
Serving Portland, Oregon
If you or someone you know was injured in a negligent car accident, you may pursue fair compensation. Contact my firm – Wallace Law Firm, P.C. – today to schedule a simple case evaluation. I can offer you the reliable representation, assistance, and personalized legal counsel you need in your car accident claims. My firm proudly represents clients in Portland and throughout all of Oregon, including Salem and Eugene.