Beaverton Car Accident Lawyer
Injured in a Car Accident in Beaverton, OR?
If you have been involved in a car accident, you are likely dealing with a wide range of emotions. You may be in shock, scared, and unsure of what to do next. We understand how you feel and are here to help. Our Beaverton car accident lawyer at Pacific Cascade Legal is ready to advocate for you in the wake of this tragedy. We can help you recover the compensation you need to overcome the financial, emotional, and physical toll of the accident.
Call (503) 217-2600today to schedule a free consultation.
Oregon Car Accident Laws
In Oregon, you must report a car accident to the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) if it resulted in injury, death, or property damage exceeding $2,500. You must submit an Accident and Insurance Report Form within 72 hours of the incident.
To prove a car accident case in Oregon, you generally need to establish the following elements:
- Duty of Care: You must show that the defendant (the other driver) owed you a duty of care while operating their vehicle. All drivers have a duty to follow traffic laws and exercise reasonable caution while driving.
- Breach of Duty: You must demonstrate that the defendant breached their duty of care by acting negligently or recklessly. This could include actions such as speeding, distracted driving, running a red light, or driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
- Causation: You need to establish a causal connection between the defendant's breach of duty and the accident. In other words, you must prove that the defendant's negligent actions were a direct cause of the accident and your injuries.
- Damages: You must have suffered actual damages as a result of the car accident. These damages can be physical, emotional, or financial in nature and may include medical expenses, property damage, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.
Oregon follows a modified comparative negligence rule. This means that if you are found to be less than 50% at fault for the accident, you can recover damages, but your compensation will be reduced proportionally to your percentage of fault. If you are 50% or more at fault, you cannot recover any damages from the other party.
The statute of limitations for personal injury claims--including car accidents--is typically two years from the date of the accident.
Common Causes of Car Accidents
Here are some of the most frequent reasons for car accidents:
- Distracted driving: Perhaps the leading cause of car accidents in recent years, distracted driving involves any activity that diverts a driver's attention from the road. Common distractions include texting, using a smartphone, eating, adjusting the radio, or engaging with passengers.
- Speeding: Driving above the posted speed limits or too fast for road and weather conditions reduces a driver's ability to react to unexpected events, increases stopping distances, and amplifies the impact of a collision.
- Impaired driving: Operating a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, drugs (prescription or illegal), or even some over-the-counter medications can significantly impair a driver's reaction time, judgment, and coordination.
- Reckless driving: Aggressive and reckless behaviors like tailgating, frequent lane changes, running red lights, or ignoring traffic signs and signals can lead to serious accidents.
- Weather conditions: Adverse weather conditions, such as rain, snow, ice, fog, or strong winds, can reduce traction and visibility, making roads hazardous and increasing the likelihood of accidents.
- Drowsy driving: Fatigued or drowsy drivers have slower reaction times and impaired decision-making, making them more prone to accidents, especially during nighttime hours or on long trips.
- Inexperienced drivers: Novice drivers may lack the skills and experience to handle complex driving situations or react appropriately to hazards on the road.
- Poor road conditions: Potholes, uneven pavement, debris, and inadequate road signage can contribute to accidents, especially if drivers are not aware of these hazards.
- Mechanical failures: Car accidents can occur due to brake failures, tire blowouts, engine malfunctions, or other mechanical issues. Regular vehicle maintenance is crucial in preventing these types of accidents.
- Pedestrian and cyclist interactions: Accidents can happen when drivers fail to yield to pedestrians at crosswalks, or when cyclists and motorists do not follow traffic rules and signals.
How Much Compensation Can I Receive in a Car Accident Case?
The amount of compensation you can receive in a car accident case will depend on a number of factors. These include the severity of your injuries, how many injuries you suffered, how much you were earning before the accident, whether you are able to go back to work after the accident, and any other losses you suffered.
In a car accident case, you can recover compensation for:
- Medical bills, including ongoing treatment for injuries
- Lost wages, including missed work and permanent disability
- Property damage, including damage to your car and personal property
- Physical and emotional pain and suffering
- Punitive damages, if the defendant acted recklessly
At Pacific Cascade Legal, we know the value of your case. We know how important it is to you, and we know how important it is to your family. We will fight to get you the maximum compensation you need to overcome the financial, emotional, and physical toll of the accident.
Call (503) 217-2600today to get started.