How a Car Accident Can Change Your Life
In the blink of an eye, your whole world can be turned upside down. When a car crash occurs, you may experience tens of thousands of dollars of damages before you really even understand what’s happening. When a car accident is especially severe, it can change the course of your life long-term, affecting everything from relationships to education, recreation and hobbies to employment, and more.
If you have been in a car crash, our lawyers will aggressively advocate for your right to compensation for the harm you’ve suffered. We know that a car accident can reach into all corners of your life, affecting your:
- Finances. A car crash can be a very expensive thing, especially when a crash is severe. Our lawyers will advocate for your right to compensation for the full value of damages to your vehicle, medical expenses, lost wages, and more.
- Physical and psychological wellbeing. Not only will you suffer financial harm after a crash, but you’ll also likely suffer physical and psychological harm, too. A car crash can result in painful and debilitating injuries, such as spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, internal injuries, soft tissue injuries, bone fractures, and more. Sometimes, injuries are not only disabling, but also disfiguring. Injuries and the trauma of a crash can also lead to psychological harm, such as depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, and anxiety.
- Relationships, recreation, and future opportunities. The combined toll on one’s finances, physical health, and psychological wellbeing often mean that relationships are damaged, recreation and extracurricular activities are limited, and future opportunities are stymied.
Who Pays for Damages After a Crash?
In Oregon, the party who causes a crash is responsible for paying for it. That means that if your accident was caused by another driver’s negligence–such as speeding, failing to yield, drinking while driving, driving while distracted, etc.–you can file a claim for damages directly against that at-fault party’s insurance, or you can file a lawsuit against the driver. Typically, claims are resolved via negotiations with insurance companies out of court.
Regardless of fault, you should also be able to turn to your own insurance company for some compensation via your personal injury protection (PIP) coverage, which is mandated in our state. If the other driver was at fault for the crash and doesn’t have insurance or doesn’t have enough insurance, you can bring forth a claim against your policy’s underinsured/uninsured motorist coverage. If negotiations with an insurance firm are unsuccessful, you may file a lawsuit against the party responsible for your damages.
Note that while most car accidents are caused by drivers’ negligence, some car accidents are the result of dangerous road conditions, defective vehicles or vehicle parts, and more. You bring forth a claim against any party who’s responsible for your crash, not just another driver.
Call Our Gresham Car Accident Attorneys Today
At the office of the Johnston Law Firm, our Gresham car accident attorneys know how serious car accidents are. We also know how much support you need in the aftermath of a crash, especially when it comes to navigating the claims process. As you recover, please reach out to our Gresham car accident attorneys for the support and counsel that you need. We will handle your claim from start to finish, and will always put your best interests first. Please call our law firm at (503) 546-3167 today for your consultation with our team.
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