motor vehicle accidents

Boring Car Accident Attorney

Auto Accident Lawyer Representing Injury Victims in Boring, OR

Many of our lives are based around a routine and that routine structures our day in a way that allows us to have a balance in our lives. But this routine can be disrupted in a blink of an eye as a result of a car accident. Car accidents can happen when we least expect it and can cause real damage to us or our loved ones. If you or a loved one have been injured or has passed away from those injuries from a car accident, calling a Boring motor vehicle lawyer today is what you need to do. Chat with us at the Johnston Law Firm today, 503-546-3167.

 

Filing your Auto Insurance Claim

If you or a loved one has been in an auto accident in Boring, the first steps to take are the following:

  1. Make sure everyone is OK, if possible, move vehicles safely to the side of the road out of the way of traffic
  2. Obtain the involved drivers’ license, license plate, insurance, vehicle damage (Photos work great)
  3. Take pictures of the scene, your vehicle, cross street, missing car parts
  4. Gather info from any possible witnesses
  5. If possible, safely get home or to a safe place
  6. Call your insurance company and report the accident
  7. Call your car accident lawyer

 

Most Common Causes of Car Accidents

Car accidents can be so random that expecting them are so very difficult. As random as they are, there are some similarities in not only how they happen, but also WHY the happen. These are some of the most common reasons car accidents occur:

  • Following too closely behind
  • Illegal lane changes
  • Driving too fast for the current conditions
  • Failing to yield 
  • Failing to avoid vehicle in front
  • Distracted driving: texting, talking on phone, drinking

 

What Types of Damages Could I Be Eligible For?

In the state of Oregon, an injured victim can be eligible for two types of compensatory damages. Both of these damages are intended to compensate the victim for their losses. If you choose to hire a car accident attorney to handle your motor vehicle claim, they will fight on your behalf to acquire one or both of the following:

Economic Damages: compensate an injured victim for direct financial losses, such as medication costs, hospitalization stays, surgery bills and lost wages. Economic damages are defined by Oregon law as “objectively verifiable monetary losses including but not limited to reasonable charges necessarily incurred for medical, hospital, nursing and rehabilitative services and other health care services, burial and memorial expenses, loss of income and past and future impairment of earning capacity”.

Noneconomic Damages: compensate an injured victim for more subjective losses such as emotional trauma or distress. Oregon law defines these as “subjective, non-monetary losses, including but not limited to pain, mental suffering, emotional distress, humiliation”. These damages are more difficult to quantify, as emotional pain can be traumatic and long-lasting, as well as difficult to recover from.

 

Filing Your Claim On Time Matters

When an auto accident occurs is when the timeline to file your civil suit begins. From that point forward, you have two years from the day of the accident and day of injuries sustained from that accident to file your claim. If you wait even one day after the deadline to file, the state of Oregon will recognize your claim as “time-barred” and you will lose your right to compensation. This is why it is vital to contact your experienced Boring car accident lawyer as soon as you can. This process can be alarming and confusing, but with an attorney fighting for you, you can focus on what matters: the health of you and your loved ones.

One more important reason you should contact a car accident attorney as soon as possible is that insurance companies will act fast and with only one thing in mind: saving money. The insurance companies want to handle the claim, get you in and get you out as fast and as cheap as possible. Attorney Marc Johnston and his team will not be bullied or tricked by the insurance company and will fight to ensure you are treated fairly. The Johnston Law Firm will be right by your side to protect your interests and work with you to resolve the case and get you back what you lost.

 

Contacting the Right Car Accident Attorney in Boring

Your insurance company should be the first call you make after an auto accident, but simultaneously, the Johnston Law Firm should be one of the first things in your mind. Give us a call at 503-546-3167 to receive a free initial case review, and even if we cannot represent you, we will give you honest and straightforward advice about what to do next. We are here to help people just like you, so do not hesitate to call us today. 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Should I talk to the insurance company after my accident?

Yes, but only to make a formal claim of the accident. Do not give any recorded statement to either insurance company before speaking with your car accident lawyer first. Do not speak with the other driver about any of the accident details, who you think caused it, who did what, nothing. Exchange information and get home safely to speak with your insurance company and car accident attorney.

How do I know if I have a case?

If you were hit in an auto accident and sustained injuries from that accident, you might be eligible to pursue and receive compensation. The first step is to contact an experienced Boring car accident attorney today. We at the Johnston Law Firm will listen to you and assess your situation while giving you helpful advice on what to do next. We are here for you, even if you choose not to hire an attorney.

Do I have to pay for my car repairs if I was hit?

The at-fault driver’s insurance will assess the details of the accident and if they claim liability, then it is most likely that they will either cover the damages or, if they deem it a total loss, they will offer you a payment for your totaled vehicle.

 

Johnston Law Firm, located in Portland, handles car accident claims throughout Oregon, including Boring.