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Portland Car Accident Attorney

Car accidents happen in the blink of an eye and can be devastating. Injuries can be catastrophic, even if they appear to be minor initially. Once you have received appropriate medical care, it is important to consult with an experienced car accident attorney as soon as possible.

At Johnston Law Firm, P.C., we help our clients understand and evaluate their legal options. We work in our clients’ best interests, not the interests of insurance companies. Our experience in handling well over 1,000 personal injury cases helps us relate to our clients’ individual and collective needs and goals. We act quickly and decisively. When you call us immediately following a car accident, we can send independent accident investigators to the scene of the accident before the insurance company gets there. We can document, photograph and collect evidence, including witness statements and law enforcement evidence with professionalism.

You should not have to bear the burdens caused by someone else’s negligence yourself. Contact Portland car accident attorney Marc A. Johnston before speaking to insurance companies who are trying to protect their own interests over your best interests. We can provide you the counsel and representation necessary to pursue the maximum compensation you deserve for injuries and damages.

Best Car Accident Lawyers in Portland

Our Firm Handles a Full Range of Car Accident Claims

Construction zone collisions. A construction zone collision may involve two non-construction vehicles, or a construction worker and a non-construction vehicle. These accident types might occur as a result of speeding, improper signage, distraction, and more. 

Distracted driver cases. Distracted driving isn’t always illegal; there’s no law that says you can’t take a sip of your coffee while operating the car, or turn around to check on pets or small children. But distracted driving is dangerous and negligent, and is the source of far too many crashes each year. 

Dram shop claims. When a drunk driver causes a crash, it makes sense to blame the drunk driver. But the drunk driver may not be the only party who’s to blame; it’s important to consider who served the drunk driver alcohol in the first place. If the drunk driver was over-served, a claimant might have a dram shop liability claim. 

Drunk driver cases. Drunk driving is one of the most dangerous actions in which a person can engage. When a drunk driver causes a crash, the driver can be held liable for the full extent of damages. Working with a lawyer can help you to prove that the driver was responsible, even if you don’t have proof of blood alcohol levels. 

Faulty airbags, auto glass, seatbelts. The vast majority of car accidents are caused by the errors of drivers on the road. However, there are a handful of crashes that occur because of defective auto parts. What’s more, the degree of damages is sometimes exacerbated in a crash because of defective parts, such as faulty airbags that don’t fully protect occupants, poor auto glass, which could shatter and lead to serious injuries, and faulty seatbelts, which may not properly protect occupants or even contribute to injuries. 

Head-on collisions. While all accidents have the potential to be serious and result in catastrophic injuries, head-on collisions are statistically one of the most deadly. Often the result of a driver traveling the wrong way on a one-way road, drunk driving, or falling asleep at the wheel, if you’ve been in a head-on crash, our lawyers will advocate for you. 

Intersection collisions. Often resulting in T-bone accidents, intersection collisions can happen when a driver fails to yield the right-of-way properly, runs a red light or stop sign, or is speeding or driving while distracted or drunk. These accidents are most devastating if vehicles are traveling at high speeds at the time they occur. 

Railroad crossing accidents. The idea of being involved in an accident with a train is unsettling to even think about. If you or a loved one has been in a railroad crossing accident, our law firm can investigate the case to determine what went wrong and who should be held liable for your losses. 

Rear-end collisions. While rear-end collisions are often put into the category of insignificant crashes (because they often are), the reality is that rear-end crashes can be serious in some cases, particularly when they occur at high speeds. What’s more, because the rear driver is not always at fault, it’s important to work with an attorney who can fully investigate your case. 

Rented scooter injuries. Renting a scooter to get around is very fun, as well as a functional way to get from place to place. But scooters aren’t always safe and the actions of other scooterists or motorists could lead to devastating accidents. 

Rideshare accidents (Uber, Lyft). While rideshare services have certainly added a level of convenience to most people’s lives, rideshare vehicles and their drivers aren’t infallible, and accidents can and do happen. When a rideshare accident occurs, one thing that can be particularly confusing is knowing which insurance company should pay for damages. 

Roadside hazard cases. While manipulates and agencies/departments are supposed to maintain roadways in a safe condition, sometimes, roadside hazards exist that contribute to crashes. When a crash occurs as a result of a roadside hazard, having an attorney on your side who can build your case and hold the responsible party liability is important. 

Roadway design cases. Sometimes, the design of a road itself is too dangerous. For example, a grade may be too steep, or a turn may be too sharp. When hazards like this exist, it’s important that proper signage exists to warn drivers of the risk. If a crash happens as a result of unsafe roadway design, your attorney can help you to understand against whom to file a claim. 

Rollovers. Like head-on collisions, rollover accidents have a statistically high rate of fatality and serious injury. These crashes may occur when two vehicles collide, or could be single-vehicle crashes. 

Roof crush cases. If a rollover accident happens, one of the consequences of that roll could be that the roof of the vehicle is crushed or caves in. Obviously, this can lead to devastating, if not fatal, injuries for those within the vehicle. In a roof crush case, the manufacturer of the vehicle may be held liable for the defective design/manufacturer of the roof. 

Stop sign accidents. This type of accident can be minor if it occurs when both drivers at opposing stop signs slowly proceed at the same time, resulting in a low-speed collision, or serious if a stop sign accident occurs because one driver speeds through a stop sign, breaching the right-of-way law and crashing into another driver in the intersection. 

Sudden acceleration cases. The choice of a driver to suddenly accelerate in a manner that is reckless could put others in danger, including pedestrians and cyclists. While sudden acceleration is often a result of a driver’s negligence, it could also be a vehicle defect issue. 

Tire detread & tire defects. The quality of a vehicle’s tires are one of the most important elements of a safe car or truck. When tires are low-quality or are poorly maintained, or when they are defective, a crash can occur. If you believe that your accident was the result of a tire defect, the tire manufacturer or distributor could be held liable. 

Trucking accidents. No one ever expects to be in an accident with a big rig. When this type of crash occurs, the results can be devastating. The sheer size of large trucks alone means that the force involved in truck accidents is increased significantly relative to accidents involving smaller cars. Our law firm can help you to build your claim and prove liability and damages. 

Your Successful Recovery Is Our Top Priority

Injuries from rear-end collisions, T-bones, rollovers and even seemingly minor fender benders can cause severe injuries. Fractures, head injuries, neck injuries, back injuries and soft tissue damage can become severe over time, or if not properly treated. If you have been involved in a car accident, first tend to your health and see a doctor. It is important to consult with an independent specialist of your choice to fully evaluate the extent of injuries sustained in an accident.

At Johnston Law Firm, our car accident attorneys collaborate with car accident reconstructionists, medical experts and economic experts to establish the full value of your case. When you have been struck by a driver who was driving recklessly or was distracted by speaking on a cellphone, texting or driving drunk, you need a lawyer with experience both in and out of the courtroom.

The car accident lawyers at Johnston Law Firm will strive aggressively for the compensation you deserve with tactful and strategic preparation. Our innovative techniques and quick response to insurance defense can seek your deserved compensation in negotiation or at trial for the following recoveries:

  • Loss of expected future earnings/wages
  • Pain and suffering
  • Reimbursement for medical expenses
  • Rehabilitation costs
  • Any other costs applicable to your case

Car Accident FAQs

Car accidents can be extremely stressful events. Following a collision, many victims are unsure of what to do, especially if they have suffered injuries. Injuries from a car crash can be severe and can require extensive medical care, keep you from working, and have long-lasting effects. The following are some frequently asked questions that car accident victims often have regarding recovery for their losses.

What Should I Do Immediately After An Accident?

The scene of an accident is often chaotic, but it is important to remain as calm as possible and take certain steps to protect your health and your legal rights. If emergency medical personnel advise you to go for emergency care, you should listen to them and seek the necessary medical treatment. If you can remain on the scene, you should do the following:

  • Wait for law enforcement and give them your side of the story;
  • Collect the names and contact information of witnesses and anyone involved in the collision;
  • Take photos of the scene and make notes of any unusual weather or road conditions;
  • Seek a medical evaluation to ensure any injuries are timely diagnosed.

Who Can Be Held Liable For My Accident-Related Losses?

Any party that acted negligently and contributed to causing the accident may be held responsible for your medical expenses and other losses. Some examples of negligent parties in collisions include the following:

  • Distracted drivers;
  • Drunk drivers;
  • Aggressive drivers;
  • Drivers who violated traffic laws;
  • Government entities that failed to maintain, inspect, or repair the roads;
  • Auto manufacturers that sold defective brakes, tires, airbags, or other pertinent auto parts.

It is highly important to identify the correct negligent party so that you can seek compensation from them. The action you take to seek recovery can vary based on whether the liable party is a person, a company, or the local government.

Should I Accept An Insurance Settlement?

When you make a claim with the responsible party’s insurance company, you will likely receive a settlement offer. Many people believe their only option is to accept the offer, however, accepting a settlement that does not fully cover all of your losses can result in financial disaster. Once you accept a settlement, you will have to sign a release that waives your right to file a subsequent lawsuit. Therefore, if the settlement is too low, you will have no other way of obtaining compensation and will be responsible for paying your own medical bills and incurring your other losses with no legal relief. Unfortunately, many insurance companies begin with a low offer, so you should always review settlement offers with an experienced attorney before accepting. A lawyer can then negotiate with the insurance company to try to obtain the maximum settlement.

What Happens If An Accident Was Partially My Fault?

In many collisions, more than one driver makes an error that contributes to the accident. Fortunately, Oregon law allows victims to recover even if they were partially at fault, though they will not be able to recover for the full amount of their losses. Instead, the court will determine what percentage of fault is attributable to you and will decrease your compensation by that percentage.

For example, imagine that one driver suddenly slams on their brakes for no reason in the middle of the highway. The car behind the braking vehicle would have had time to stop, except that the driver was sending a text message at the time and was not looking at the road. By the time they look up, it is too late to stop and a collision occurs. This is a common example of a situation in which a driver may be partially at fault but may still be able to recover for some of their losses.

Is There A Time Limit For Filing A Car Accident Lawsuit?

Like the majority of legal cases, there is time limit–called the statute of limitations–set out in Oregon law. Specifically, you have two years from the date of the accident to file a claim for personal injury against the negligent party. If you miss this deadline, you will likely lose your right to recover.

What Constitutes Wrongful Death?

Wrongful death is one that is caused by the negligent or reckless acts of another, or due to someone failing to take the appropriate precautions that could have prevented the death from occurring.

Contact Johnston Law Firm to Speak with an Experienced Car Accident Lawyer

Act quickly and call Johnston Law Firm at 503-546-3167 or fill out our free confidential case evaluation form. We’re highly rated, and offer a free initial consultation, and flexible hours by appointment. We look forward to helping you with your car accident claim.

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