Estacada Car Accident Attorney
Auto Accident Lawyer Representing Injury Victims in Estacada, OR
Auto accidents have tremendous impacts on the lives of everyone involved, but no matter the impact, there are sources of help you can turn to. If you or a loved one are injured in an accident in Estacada, you might be eligible to pursue compensation for your losses. We at the Johnston Law Firm are here for you when you need help maneuvering this confusing and stressful time. Give us a call today for your free consultation at 503-546-3167.
Common Types of Car Accidents
Motor vehicle accidents can happen anywhere at any time and can be so varied in how they are caused and the results that come from them. One important aspect in any car accident case is what type of accident was it. How an accident happens can tell a story, and sometimes it can be monumental in how successful your case ends up. Here are some of the most common types of car accidents:
- Rear end collisions
- Side impact collisions
- Head on
- T-bone collisions (many times in intersections)
- Single vehicle accidents
How an Experienced and Dedicated Estacada Car Accident Attorney can help you
Not only can we at the Johnston Law Firm help you figure out your next step, but we also will give you free advice, regardless of whether you want to hire us or not. We are here to answer any questions you can and to help guide you through this scary process. If we believe we can best represent you, we will give you the opportunity to learn more about us and how we fight for you. We give you the time you need to decide to move forward with your case.
We are also able to hold all insurance companies and medical providers accountable for their treatment of you. In cases without our help, these entities can play tricks on people like you, to get what they want. In many cases, they do not truly care for you, they care for the company, the profit. We care about giving you the best representation in the world of insurance adjusters, claims handlers and medical record requests. We handle all these aspects so you can focus on getting your life back together. We want you and your loved ones happy, healthy, and safe. At the very least, give our office a call or contact us online so we can help you figure out your next step. Our time is free, and we are here to help you.
What types of damages am I eligible to pursue in Estacada car accidents?
In the state of Oregon, there are two types of compensation a car accident victim can be eligible to pursue. Both are designed to make you whole again, to compensate the victim for their losses.
Economic Damages: compensate an injured plaintiff 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 plaintiff 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 a car accident case on time
In situations as stressful and unknown as dealing with a car accident and injuries, time can move very fast. First and foremost, you and your loved ones’ first focus should be to seek any necessary medical attention and work on recovery. But an important timeline to keep in mind is called the “statute of limitations”. In car accident cases in Oregon, the statute of limitations dictates the timeline you, as a victim, must file a case.
It is two years from the date of the accident and injuries (same day). You may think this is a chunk of time, but time flies in these situations so it is vital that you give us a call as soon as you can. We can help assess what to do next and how to go about the process. We will help, but only if you call. Call us at the Johnston Law Firm today at 503-546-3167.
Frequently Asked Questions
If my insurance calls me to give a recorded statement, do I have to?
No, in fact, DO NOT give a recorded statement until first calling an experienced Estacada car accident attorney. This has nothing to do with hiding anything or seeming guilty for not saying anything, but to give statements like these, it is vital to speak with an attorney first. Fairness is what we want for you in a critical time like this.
Will my insurance go up because I was in an accident?
It is possible rates will be adjusted, but not if you are found to be at no fault. If you are rear ended by someone, your insurance rates should not change. If you are found to be at fault in an auto accident, this is likely.
How much do I have to pay a car accident attorney?
We at the Johnston Law Firm work on a contingency-fee basis, which means we do not get paid until we win a settlement for you. We get paid when you get your settlement. No upfront charge, no out of pocket expenses.