Automobile and Truck Accidents
If you have suffered a significant injury in a collision, you may be dealing with a number of difficult issues: medical bills, insurance claims, lost income, inability to do your daily activities, property damage, and in some cases, long-term disability, trauma or grief. We invite you to contact our highly-qualified attorney to advise you about how we can help. Our firm handles a relatively small number of significant cases to ensure that our clients understand their legal options and, where appropriate, receive the full value of each claim. You may request a free and confidential consultation with our web form or by telephone at 503-680-6272.
If you are looking for information about what to do immediately after a collision, we also encourage you to read the information below.
What to do After an Accident
Protect Your Rights
We encourage crash victims to contact our firm as early as possible to ensure that evidence and claims are preserved. This is important even though an insurance company representative may have told you that their company will accept responsibility, or that your statute of limitations to pursue a claim is not urgent. In some situations it is essential for us to obtain expert reports from a private investigator, consulting doctor, accident reconstructionist, vocational rehabilitation specialist, economist, or life care planner early in the process.
In addition, deadlines are often shorter than expected. For example, in Oregon, many claims involving vehicles operated by public employees (including police, fire and other emergency vehicles), are subject to a 180-day deadline. Certain claims involving drunk drivers can also expire in 180 days.
We can respond to inquiries to our free web form or by telephone at 503-680-6272.
Special Note: Drunk Driving Victims in Oregon
If you are a drunk driver victim in Oregon, extremely short statutes of limitations may apply to some of your claims. Notably, in Oregon, bars, restaurants or others who serve alcohol to patrons who are “visibly intoxicated” and become drunk drivers can be held liable for injury or death caused by the drunk driver. However, the deadline for asserting a claim against the server may be as short as 180 days. This is commonly referred to as the "Dram Shop Act" deadline.
Common drunk driving collision scenarios involve loss of control, roll over, crossing the centerline and causing a head on collision, running a red light at an intersection, or causing a multiple car pile up. As with other automobile injury claims, you and any other witnesses to the collision should preserve as much information as possible about how the crash occurred.
Pedestrians are often the victims of careless drivers and drunk drivers. These pedestrian victims can include: children or students crossing the street at a crosswalk, persons walking down a sidewalk or on the shoulder of the road, persons in wheelchairs, and highway construction workers or flaggers. Because many pedestrian statutes are the same or similar to laws protecting bicyclists, our firm's work on behalf of pedestrians overlaps with our bicycle law practice area.
If you have been injured in an car, tractor-trailer, motorcycle, school bus or truck accident, it is important to have an attorney in your state evaluate any claim you may have before potential deadlines expire. The law provides strict deadlines for bringing automobile claims. For example, in Oregon, certain claims involving drunk drivers, and most claims involving vehicles driven by federal, state or local public employees may expire in as little as 180 days. These may include situations where a person is hurt by a negligently-driven police car, fire truck, meter reader, mail delivery truck or other publicly-owned vehicle. Crash victims should not assume that claims are governed by general tort statutes of limitations.
Are you covered? Contact your insurance agent to ensure that you have adequate insurance coverage. Oregon law requires only $25,000 in liability and uninsured/underinsured coverage. Higher levels of coverage cost relatively little and can provide significant protection at relatively low cost. Many people choose to purchase liability coverage that is approximately equal to their net worth. Unlike liability coverage, uninsured/underinsured coverage provides benefits to you in the event you are injured by an uninsured or underinsured driver, and generally protects you in the event of a collision with a vehicle while you are bicycling or walking, as well.
A Portland based accident attorney at Vangelisti Law Firm LLC can provide you a free consultation to discuss your injuries and legal rights. Our attorney is licensed in Oregon and Washington.
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Our attorney is licensed in Oregon and Washington, and serve people who have been hurt throughout the Pacific Northwest. The cities we serve include:
Albany, Ashland, Astoria, Beaverton, Bend, Corvallis, Eugene, Grants Pass, Gresham, Hermiston, Hillsboro, Hood River, Klamath Falls, La Grande, Lincoln City, McMinnville, Medford, Newport, Pendleton, Portland, Roseburg, Salem, The Dalles, and Tillamook.
Aberdeen, Bellingham, Everett,
Kennewick, Longview, Olympia,
Port Angeles, Seattle, Spokane,Tacoma, Vancouver, Walla Walla, and Yakima.
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