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Lincoln City Car Accident Attorney

Auto Accident Lawyer Representing Injury Victims in Lincoln City, OR

Expecting the unexpected is a common saying, but it is also a very rare ability for us to possess. How are we to expect the unexpected? How are we to avoid a vehicle speeding while also failing to see us stopped waiting to turn, proceeding to rear end us? Car accidents are so varied can happen to any of us, regardless of how safe and cautious we are. Sometimes, these events are simply unavoidable. Just because these accidents are scary and unexpected does not mean that hope is lost. We at the Johnston Law Firm are here to help you in any way we can. Give us a call today at 503-546-3167.

 

Common Injuries from Car Accidents

Accidents on the road are far too common, while many of them are caused by human error. While the types of accidents and resulting injuries can be varied, commonalities do exist. Some of the most common injuries are listed below:

  • Whiplash
  • Neck soreness
  • Lower back stiffness
  • Lower body trauma
  • Lacerations
  • Bulging discs in back
  • Neck stiffness
  • Shoulder pain

 

Oregon is a Comparative Fault State

Different states have different laws regarding establishing fault and liability. This aspect factors heavily into your potential case. The state of Oregon has what is called, “Comparative Fault”. This means that two different parties could hold some responsibility for an auto accident. If it is deemed that your fault does not exceed 51%, you are eligible to pursue compensation. 

 

Call your local, experienced, and dedicated Car Accident Attorney

Give us a call as soon as possible so we can answer your questions and give you our honest, free advice regarding your next step. We are here to listen and to help. When you call, we will listen to a summary of what happened and assess whether we can help or if we can find some help for you. You want an attorney like Marc Johnston to represent you. We are honest, dedicated and work tirelessly for people like you. Call us today at 503-546-3167.

 

Damages Eligible for Compensation in Oregon Cases

In motor vehicle accidents in Lincoln City, as a victim you can be eligible to pursue compensation for your losses. In the state of Oregon, there are two types of compensation that a victim like you can receive. Both of which are designed to compensate you for your 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.

 

Statute of Limitations in Lincoln City Car Accidents

The first thought for you and your loved ones when getting in an auto accident is safety. Make sure everyone is safe and seek medical attention if necessary. Pull the vehicle off to a safe spot on the road. Your next thoughts need to be strategic and time sensitive. Call your insurance company, file a DMV accident report, call the Johnston Law Firm at 503-546-3167

In Oregon car accidents, you as a victim, have two years from the date of the accident and injuries (same day) to file your case. Contact us right away so we can give you the very best advice in a critical situation. This kind of situation can be manipulated against your favor by insurance companies and other parties if you are not careful. We are here for you.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I start my case?

Report the accident to your insurance company and file an accident report with the DMV. These are the first steps after an accident. Your next step should be to call us at the Johnston Law Firm so we can give you a free case review and give you advice on your next step. If we feel we can best help you, we will schedule an in-person meeting to discuss the case further and give you the option to hire us.

How much do I have to pay an attorney?

We work on a contingency fee basis, which means we do not get paid until you do. You owe nothing until we win a settlement for you, then we take a cut out of that settlement amount.

How does my insurance pay for my accident?

Depending on your coverage and the at-fault driver’s insurance, your vehicle damage will be taken care of by your insurance. They will examine the damage and assess whether repairs will cost more than the vehicle is worth (which it is then termed “totaled”). They will offer you an amount for your vehicle or pay your repairs. In many cases, the victim’s insurance will cover any medical bills to an extent. Personal Injury Protection (PIP) can help with this as well.

 

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