Common Causes of Car Accidents in Eugene
Human error tends to be the most common cause of an auto accident, but these errors come in various ways. The most common specific causes consist of the following:
- Driving too fast for the current conditions
- Illegal lane changes
- Avoiding a stopped vehicle in front (rear-ends)
- Following too closely behind
- Nighttime driving (decreased visibility)
- Inclement weather; rain, ice, snow
Establishing Liability in an Auto Accident
When an accident happens, many things can come into both drivers’ minds. One thing will be, “what happened?”, “whose fault was this?”. Accidents bring many questions and sometimes it is difficult to produce answers. One of the most important questions in the matter will be who owns the fault. Answering this question is vital to the future of your case.
When establishing liability in Eugene car accidents, the duty of both parties needs to be identified. The insurance companies will conduct their own investigations, but when you hire the Johnston Law Firm, we will represent your interests and investigate on your behalf to discover the truth. Every driver owes a duty of care to other motorists on the road, and when this duty of care is proven to be breached, or broken, that is when a case can be built. If causation is confirmed, for an example, in a rear end case, it is fairly obvious that if there are injuries, the fault lies firmly.
Eugene Car Accident Case Compensation
If you or a loved one are injured or pass away due to those injuries from a car accident, the first step is to report the accident to your auto insurance company. During which time, you should also contact a motor vehicle accident attorney in Eugene for advice for your next step in protecting you and your family.
One thing to make sure NOT to do is give a recorded statement to the insurance company before contacting your car accident lawyer first. With your Personal Injury Protection insurance, the insurance of the at-fault driver, and your own coverage, Marc Johnston and his team will ensure you the full compensation that Oregon law entitles you to.
We know how insurance companies operate and we know what they want. We also know how to cut through their agenda to represent you in a way that fully protects and compensates you and your family. You need people who care for you and your interests during this time. We can be those people if you give us a call at 503-546-3167.
Damages in Eugene Car Accidents
In a personal injury case in Eugene, OR, seeking compensation requires filing a car insurance claim. With Personal Injury Protection, sometimes people are able to obtain full compensation. But, when an insurance company cannot and chooses not to fully compensate you, it is time to call the Johnston Law Firm to represent your interests. We know you and your family are depending on a lending hand to help keep you above water during this scary and uncertain time. We will be that lending hand for you.
These damages are intended to cover 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.
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