Oregon has a long and storied history when it comes to transportation. From the famous pioneer trail to the expansions planned for US-97, traffic has always been part of living in the state. But these days, with so many vehicles going so many places, from Portland to Eugene, traffic accidents have become all too common as well.
According to the Oregon Department of Transportation, in 2020, our roadways saw 38,141 total auto accidents, from which nearly 28,000 people were injured and another 507 were killed. In a year that saw dramatically less traffic due to the Covid-19 pandemic, it is not surprising this represents a marked drop in total accidents from the prior year, but this shows an actual increase in fatalities compared to 2019.
Whatever the cause and wherever the location, a car wreck can change your life in an instant.
On top of being hurt, scared, and confused, many people may not know what to do next, let alone that they may be entitled to compensation. That’s why Metier Law Firm is here.
Our Oregon car accident lawyers are dedicated to helping the victims of all types of auto crashes, and our office in Portland is always ready to answer your call. We will put our more than 40 years of experience with car accidents and injuries to work for you, to help get you back on your feet. Our knowledgable team of car accident lawyers operate in Oregon, Washington, Colorado, Wyoming, and Nebraska - wherever you are, we are ready to help.
A car wreck can happen just about anywhere, but there are certain places they are more likely to happen than others, as well as places they may be more dangerous. In a state like Oregon, with both bustling cities like Portland and Salem and large sections of rural, sparsely populated countryside, we have the potential to see all kinds of motor vehicle accidents.
For the most part, Oregon auto accidents happen in one of three settings:
No matter where your car crash happened if you were injured and required medical treatment as a result, you should contact a knowledgeable Oregon personal injury lawyer. The well-seasoned team at Metier Law Firm has dealt with car accident cases in Oregon, and they know what to expect from the insurance companies and the court system. Call our office in Portland to tell us your story, and we’ll give you a consultation about your options at no cost.
A low-speed fender-bender in Beaverton is unlikely to cause the same level of injury as a head-on collision on I-5. Since there are any number of ways a car accident can happen, there are just as many kinds of bodily harm that can come from them. Safety features have come a long way in recent years, but due to the weight and velocity of a modern vehicle in transit, catastrophic injuries still can and do result.
Some of the most common types of injury seen in Oregon car accidents include, but are not limited to:
If you have suffered any of these injuries from an accident that was caused by the reckless behavior of another driver, you have a right to file a legal claim to be reimbursed for any resulting expenses. This can be a complicated process, and it is extremely helpful to have the assistance of an experienced Oregon car accident attorney. Call Metier Law Firm today, and see what the Attorney of the West can do for your case.
To win a personal injury claim in Oregon and be awarded the maximum compensation, it is helpful to understand how the law is interpreted here. An accident injury lawyer with experience working in this state will take the evidence collected and build a strong case that proves three things.
First, they must prove that the responsible party had a duty to keep you from harm at the time, referred to as a 'duty of care.' While driving, every motorist has a duty of care to protect the drivers around them, by obeying speed limits and other traffic laws and regulations.
Next, your attorney has to prove that an accident occured that breached this duty of care. They will try to show that the other driver was speeding or ran a red light, for example, causing your accident.
Finally, to be awarded any compensation, your lawyer has to prove that you were indeed injured, and that the injury was the direct result of the accident in question. In Oregon, even if you share half the blame for causing the crash, you are allowed to file a claim for your damages, though the amount awarded can be reduced accordingly.
Proving these things is far from easy, especially when an insurer or defense attorney tries everything they can to discredit you. That’s why you need an auto accident lawyer who has dealt with these kinds of personal injury cases. You need a lawyer like the ones at Metier Law Firm. Give us a call to receive your free case evaluation.
We hope the worst never happens to you, but if you are injured in any type of car accident in the state of Oregon, give our Portland office a call. Our team of knowledgeable personal injury attorneys will listen to your account of what happened and apply our decades of experience to your specific case. If we can help you, we will get to work immediately, compiling a compelling case to make sure you receive compensation to start living your life again.
Don't try to fight the insurance companies on your own. They know every trick in the book to keep from having to pay you a fair amount. Luckily, Metier Law Firm knows these tricks, too, and how to work against them. Contact us, or fill out our online case evaluation form, and get the Lawyer of the West on your team!
Many car accident victims face high medical bills, lost wages, car repairs, and other economic damages following an accident. It is no surprise that many cannot afford the cost of crash scene reconstructions, visits to medical specialists, and other investigative services on top of the costs incurred by the accident.
The cost of pursuing justice and compensation should not deter you from speaking with an attorney at Metier Law Firm following an accident.
At Metier Law Firm, we understand that car accident victims face unique physical, emotional, and monetary challenges in the aftermath of a crash. You and your loved ones are going through a difficult time, and you should not have to worry about retainer fees or legal costs in addition to everything else you are experiencing. Our attorneys work on a contingency fee basis and focus on winning your case before handling any of the financial aspects of your case.
You, your family, and your recovery always come first.
The damages for which you can pursue compensation can be broken into two main categories:
Your attorney will help you determine which damages you can pursue following your accident.
In many cases, the other party’s insurance company will contact you immediately after the accident asking for a statement. They may come across as friendly or well-intentioned, but their ultimate goal is to obtain a statement that will ultimately hurt your case and allow them to give you the lowest settlement they can.
If the other party’s insurance company contacts you, tell them that you would like to speak with your attorney before providing them with a statement at a later date. Then, contact your attorney to discuss your next steps.
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