Portland Pedestrian Injury Attorney
It is crucial to consult with an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible if you or a loved one was victimized in a pedestrian accident. The potential dangers for pedestrians in Portland are numerous. People walking in crosswalks, jogging on the road, cycling or even walking on sidewalks are especially vulnerable to motor vehicle and mass transit traffic such as buses and trains. When a negligent driver causes injury to a pedestrian, the driver is often at fault, even if the pedestrian was not in a marked crosswalk.
Several laws define the parameters for protected, unmarked road crossings, which may not be apparent to someone without a legal background. At Johnston Law Firm, P.C., we are well-informed of the laws that protect pedestrians and cyclists in Portland. If you have been struck in a crosswalk, a parking lot, a driveway or anywhere else by a car, truck, bus or train, we can work on your behalf to obtain full and fair compensation for your injury.
Contact us today to schedule a free initial consultation. Attorney Marc A. Johnston will independently investigate the cause of the accident. Compensation for your injuries is not automatic. We will advocate aggressively for the compensation you deserve and work to uncover important factors critical to your recovery.
Pursuing Your Full Recovery | Oregon Pedestrian Injury Lawyer
Drivers of cars and trucks are not the only ones who need to watch out for pedestrians. Bus drivers, transit drivers and even cyclists need to be aware of pedestrians and pedestrian rights of way.
If you were injured as a pedestrian in Oregon, our law firm can help you recover from a number of losses, including:
- Loss of expected future earnings/wages
- Pain and suffering
- Reimbursement for medical expenses
- Rehabilitation costs
- Long-term care/disability costs
- Any other costs applicable to your case
We represent clients who have been victimized by the negligence of MAX Rail System drivers as well. Each year, people throughout Portland are injured in light rail accidents. Whether the train did not see you crossing the tracks, it took off too fast after taking on passengers or it did not stop in time for an emergency, you may have a case for financial compensation. It is best to consult with an experienced attorney in any personal injury matter to gain a full understanding of your options concerning a valid claim.
Pedestrian Injury FAQ
Many neighborhoods in Portland have been referred to as a “walker’s paradise.” Many people choose to walk for their commute to work, school, the store, or other convenient locations, and pedestrians are a common sight along the Portland streets. Even if you own a car and drive often, you are still a pedestrian on a daily basis, even if it is just walking from your car into a building. While walking is good for the environment and for your health, walking near traffic always comes with the risk of serious accidents and injuries. Below are some answers to some Portland pedestrian injury FAQs you may have.
What Are The Common Causes Of Pedestrian Injuries?
Many pedestrian injuries occur because of a collision with a car, truck, motorcycle, or another type of motor vehicle. However, drivers are not the only parties that can cause a pedestrian accident. The following are some common causes of this type of accident:
- Distracted driving;
- Drivers who fail to yield at crosswalks;
- Improper turns at intersections with crosswalks;
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs;
- Improperly timed traffic and walk signals;
- Dangerously designed intersections;
- Defects in the sidewalk or on property;
- Objects falling from windows or buildings.
If your pedestrian accident occurred due to any type of negligence, you have the right to hold the negligent party or parties liable for your injury-related losses.
How Much Can I Recover After A Pedestrian Accident?
The worth of a pedestrian accident case depends on the nature and severity of the injuries sustained. When a vehicle hits a person walking, that person generally has no protection from the impact. While motorists have airbags and seat belts and bicyclists at least have helmets, pedestrians often bear the full brunt of a crash. Furthermore, if the car was traveling at higher speeds, a pedestrian can often go flying onto the car and may eventually land on the pavement. Multiple points of impact often mean multiple injuries that all require medical care and it can drive up the value of a case.
In addition, pedestrian accidents are often catastrophic. Injuries such as spinal cord injuries or traumatic brain injuries can leave a victim paralyzed or with long-term cognitive impairments. Such disabilities can prohibit an accident victim from returning to work or even from ever earning a living again. The more serious the injuries, the higher the related losses tend to be. An experienced lawyer will review your case and your injuries to give you a better idea of how much you can recover.
Do I Need An Attorney To File A Pedestrian Injury Claim?
No one is required to have the assistance of an attorney when filing an insurance claim or a claim for personal injury in civil court. While you absolutely have the legal right to represent yourself, you often have a better chance at succeeding in your case if you have a skilled pedestrian injury lawyer on your side.
Seeking recovery for injuries can be a complicated process and insurance companies and adversaries in court both can take advantage of injured victims who are unfamiliar with the process and with their own rights. For example, insurance companies will often make extremely low settlement offers that are all too often accepted because a victim may not realize they have other options for recovery. An experienced lawyer can advise you throughout your case and help to maximize the compensation you receive.
How Much Does It Cost To Hire A Pedestrian Lawyer?
One main reason why injured pedestrians fail to contact an attorney is concern over the cost of legal representation. Unlike attorneys who charge exorbitant hourly fees, a pedestrian accident attorney at the Johnston Law Firm makes it so anyone can afford a lawyer after an accident. We work on a contingency fee basis, which means that you pay nothing up front, we cover the costs of your case, and you only pay us for fees and costs if we are successful in helping you obtain recovery. If you do not prevail in your case, you do not pay for our services.
Contact an Experienced Portland Pedestrian Injury Attorney
Please call to arrange a free initial consultation to discuss your case. You may have a case for pedestrian crosswalk injury even if you were not in a marked crosswalk. Contact The Johnston Law Firm at 503-546-3167, toll free at 888-342-7252 or fill out our free confidential case evaluation form on the bottom to schedule a consultation with an experienced lawyer.
Johnston Law Firm, P.C. proudly represents clients who have suffered crosswalk injuries or pedestrian accidents in all cities and counties in Oregon: Portland, Gresham, Milwaukie, Lake Oswego, Tigard, Beaverton, Hillsboro, Multnomah, Washington, Clackamas.