motor vehicle accidents

Portland Motor Vehicle Accidents Attorney

While motor vehicles are amazing machines that have spurred productivity and changed nearly everything about our way of life, from how cities are built to where people decide to live and more, motor vehicles are also dangerous. When a collision occurs, whether with another car or a person, bicyclist, or another party, the damages may be severe.

At the office of the Johnston Law Firm, our Portland, Oregon motor vehicle accidents attorney knows that when you’re involved in a crash, you want answers about who’s going to pay for your damages and how you’re going to be made whole again. For your free consultation with a skilled and compassionate lawyer, please call today at 503-546-3167.

Types of Motor Vehicle Accident Claims We Handle

Our firm has experience working on a wide range of accidents that involve motor vehicles, including:

Car accidents. Car accidents typically refer to accidents involving two passenger cars, such as head-on collisions, side-swipe accidents, T-bone crashes, and rear-end collisions. We represent those involved in single-vehicle accidents, such as rollovers, as well as multi-vehicle pile-ups.

Truck accidents. Truck accidents are devastating, as even small trucks weigh more than standard passenger cars. When a large truck, such as a semi or tractor-trailer collides, the victim of the smaller vehicle may suffer fatal injuries.

Other Accidents Involving Commercial Vehicles. Commercial vehicle accidents may include large trucks; buses are another common commercial vehicle that could be involved in a crash. Commercial vehicle crash claims are complicated, both because the amount of damages involved in these cases is usually high, and because determining liability may prove complex.

Motorcycle accidents. Motorcycle accidents are almost always the result of negligence. When these crashes occur, the motorcyclist may be severely harmed and suffer long-term, disabling, and disfiguring injuries.

Bicycle accidents. Bicycle accidents are more common than anyone in Portland would like to think – especially because the city is known as being very bike-friendly. When a bike crash occurs, the cyclist is almost always injured, sometimes very severely.

Pedestrian accidents. Pedestrian accidents are one of the worst types of motor vehicle accidents, almost always resulting in severe, if not fatal, injury to an involved pedestrian. Our lawyer can help you determine fault and recover compensation after a pedestrian accident causes you or a loved one significant harm.

Who Pays for Damages in a Motor Vehicle Crash in Portland, OR?

If you have been in a motor vehicle crash, it’s important that you understand Orgeon’s system of financial recovery and who may be liable for your damages. Oregon is an at-fault state, which means that those who cause accidents are responsible for paying for them – typically through their liability insurance policies, which are required in our state. However, because Oregon also requires drivers to carry personal injury liability (PIP) insurance, you may be able to turn to your own insurance coverage to pay for a portion of your medical expenses after a crash, regardless of fault.

How Our Motor Vehicle Accident Claims Attorney Will Help

When you are involved in a crash that’s caused by another party, you need a skilled attorney on your side who knows how to advocate for you. At the office of the Johnston Law Firm, our Portland motor vehicle accident attorney will help you by:

Investigating your case. One of the first things that our law firm will do is open an investigation into your case. Motor vehicle accident claims require thorough investigation and case preparation. This will involve traveling to the scene of the accident, sending spoliation of evidence letters, talking to potential defendants in your claim, talking to eyewitnesses, hiring accident reconstruction experts and other experts, and more. One open-ended interpretation of the facts can leave an opportunity for the insurance company to reduce your financial compensation, so it’s important to be thorough and attentive to details.

Filing your claim. Once we know who is liable for your crash and the amount of damages you’ve suffered, our law firm will be responsible for filing your claim and representing you in all conversations with insurance adjusters. We’ll make sure that claim documents are filed completely, accurately, and on time, and that any other technical details related to your case are taken care of. For example, we will work closely with your doctor and other medical experts to determine the full extent of your injury or injuries. This helps us to pursue the appropriate amount of compensation on your behalf.

Negotiating your settlement. One of the most important services that our Portland motor vehicle accident attorney offers is that of claim negotiation. If you are offered a settlement that’s less than you deserve. Our lawyer will be by your side to advocate for your right to your full settlement amount. Our preparation assures that we are always ready to go to court if the insurance company fails to agree to a reasonable settlement.

Call the Johnston Law Firm Today for Your Free Consultation

If you have been in a motor vehicle accident, or if you are the family member of a loved one who has been severely injured or killed in a motor vehicle crash, don’t wait a moment longer to contact our Portland motor vehicle accident attorney at the Johnston Law Firm. We know what you’re going through and are here to help you. Reach us today for a free consultation at 503-546-3167.

Johnston Law Firm, P.C. proudly represents clients who have suffered a motor vehicle accident injuries in all cities and counties in Oregon: Portland, Gresham, Milwaukie, Lake Oswego, Tigard, Beaverton, Hillsboro, Multnomah, Washington, Clackamas.