Car Accident Attorney In Eugene

With rain and snow, sometimes narrow and windy roads, and distracted drivers, Oregon has its share of car and truck accidents. If you have been injured in an accident, you are probably wondering when you are going to feel better, how much all this will cost, and how much time you will have to take off from work. You are probably also wondering if the insurance company will  compensate you fairly for the accident. Fortunately, a good car accident attorney in Eugene can help get you the compensation you deserve.

FAQs

Who pays my medical bills?

Under Oregon law, each motor vehicle policy must have personal injury protection (PIP) benefits. That means if you are injured in a car accident, your car insurance policy will pay for your medical bills up to at least $15,000. TPIP benefits are designed to make sure everyone  who is injured in a car accident does not have to wait for an insurance company settlement or a jury to decide who is at fault in an accident. Sometimes if you are a passenger in a car accident, the driver’s PIP benefits will also apply and pay your medical bills. After all PIP benefits are exhausted, your health insurance, if any, should start paying your medical bills.

How do I Recover the Wages I have Lost?

Your PIP should pay up to 70% of your wages, so long as you missed at least two weeks of work. For most standard policies, you cannot collect over $15,000.00 from PIP.

What if the Person Who Hit Me is Uninsured?

If you are hit by an uninsured or underinsured driver and you have uninsured/underinsured motorist protection, your own insurance company will also apply. If you live in Oregon, you probably have uninsured motorist protection, unless you specifically requested that it be taken off of your policy. Insurance companies are reluctant to pay uninsured motorist claims, and you will need a personal injury attorney in your corner who can negotiate with them on your behalf.

When Will I Get My Money?

This depends on your injuries. It usually makes sense to make sure you are done receiving medical care before you try to resolve your personal injury claim. Once your condition has stabilized and you are ready to try to resolve the claim, we will obtain your medical records and bills. After reviewing these records, we will submit a demand for settlement to the insurance company.

If we are not able to negotiate a fair settlement for you, we may talk with you and decide together that we need to file a lawsuit. We have years of experience  dealing with insurance companies and advocating for our clients. We will always make decisions about your case in consultation with you.

What are my Legal Obligations After an Injury Accident?

In the state of Oregon, you must call the police after an accident and stay at the scene until they get there. It is important to exchange insurance and contact information with the other driver and get the names of any witnesses at the scene.

Statistics and Data

There were 404 fatal automobile accidents in the state of Oregon in 2017 and there were 28,397 nonfatal crashes with injuries. 36% of the fatal crashes involved a car running into a fixed object. About 19% of the accidents in the state involved someone between 15 and 20 years of age. The majority of accidents happen on Fridays during rush hour and December is the month with the most crashes.

Common Car Accident Types

In addition to hitting stationary objects, rear-end accidents are one of the most common kinds of crashes. The past decade or so has shown an increase in this type of accident due to the proliferation of cell phones. Distracted driving accidents, in general, have seen an increase since the invention of the Smartphone. 6,227 pedestrians died in car crashes in 2018 in the United States, which is 12% more than a decade ago.

Common mistakes drivers in Oregon make include failure to stop for the driver in front of them, failure to yield to right of way, driving too fast, and simply driving off the road.

Common Injury Types 

Whiplash is the most common type of injury that people sustain after a car accident in America. Whiplash is defined as an injury caused by a severe jerk to the head. People who have whiplash may experience neck pain and headaches. They may also experience fainting spells and dizziness. Concussion, which is an injury to the head, is also a common type of injury after an accident. If a concussion is severe enough, it can cause major mobility problems and even paralysis. Shoulder dislocation is often experienced during a crash and it can be quite serious if it is not taken care of right away.

Why Hire Us

Our firm is staffed with trained attorneys who have years of experience working with personal injury cases in Oregon. We have an excellent reputation with the state bar and we have numerous clients who recommend us.

Your physical and financial health is important. An experienced, reputable attorney is key to getting the money you need to get on with your life.

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Attorneys (left to right) Marilyn Heiken, Scott Lucas and Derek Johnson.