auto-accident

The Oregon Department of Transportation recorded over 400 traffic deaths in 2015. That was an increase of about 20 percent from 2014, and it was the deadliest year since 2008. Pedestrian traffic deaths were up by nearly 50 percent. In 2014, there were 51,245 reported traffic crashes with 35,055 injuries and 356 fatalities.

Although the statistics change just about every day, some things remain the same like the common causes of auto accidents. Some of those are:

  • Distracted driving while using a cellular or navigational device
  • Drowsy or fatigued driving
  • Tailgating or failing to maintain a proper interval
  • Driving too fast for weather and road conditions
  • Speeding

Common injuries

Injuries resulting from motor vehicle crashes are wide ranging. Some of the more serious injuries that we see in our Milwaukie Oregon office include:

  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Fractures
  • Spinal injuries including disc herniations
  • Organ damage from rib fractures
  • Joint dislocations, cartilage and ligament tears

Negligence

Nearly all auto accidents involve the law of negligence. To prove negligence, the injured person must prove the elements of it. Those elements are that:

  • The driver who is alleged to be negligent owed the claimant a duty of care
  • The driver breached that duty
  • The breach of that duty caused the crash and the claimant’s injuries
  • The claimant suffered legally recognized damages

If all of those elements are proved, the claimant is entitled to compensation for his or her damages. Those damages commonly include:

  • Past and future medical bills
  • Past and future lost earnings
  • Any permanent disfigurement
  • Any permanent disability
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of a normal life
  • Funeral and burial expenses in the event of a wrongful death

Never give a statement to the opposing insurer

You have a contractual duty to cooperate with your own insurance company, but there’s no law in Oregon that requires you to help the insurance company of the person who turned your life upside down defend it’s case against you. It’s not unusual for an adjuster from the opposing insurance company to contact you “just to see how you’re feeling.” Then he or she will ask for a recorded statement. Never give the opposing insurance company any type of a statement. The adjuster or the insurance company’s attorneys will only try to use the voluntary statement that you agreed to give them against you in the future.

The best thing that you can do to protect your rights after a motor vehicle crash is to contact us at the Barbur Law Office here in Milwaukie Oregon, and we’ll arrange for a free case consultation and evaluation with you. You don’t need a penny in your pocket to come talk with us, and if we agree to be retained, no legal fees are even due until such time as we obtain compensation for you. There’s no reason not to visit us. Don’t help the insurer of the person who caused your accident with its case. Contact the Barbur Law Firm right away after any accident.