motor vehicle accidents

Sandy Car Accident Attorney

Auto Accident Lawyer Representing Injury Victims in Sandy, OR

Being in a car accident is never easy to deal with, but that does not mean that there aren’t people who can help. We at the Johnston Law Firm are here to help you navigate this stressful and unknown process. We will listen to your situation and give you a free consultation over the phone to assess your next steps. We care about people like you and doing all we can to help you and your loved ones.

 

What do I do after a car accident in Sandy?

Your first step is to find safety for you and your passengers by either pulling off to a safe spot on the road or leaving your vehicle. Calling the police will help in safely dealing with the vehicle as well as get you medical attention if necessary. Your next steps should be to:

  • Exchange insurance information with the other driver (s)
  • Obtain photos of all vehicle damage, missing parts, license plate
  • Obtain photos of the other driver (s) license, insurance card
  • Get checked out at urgent care if possible. This can help in not only checking for injuries, but also in your future dealings with insurance.
  • Get home safely
  • Call and report the accident to your insurance company. Do not give a recorded statement yet.
  • Fill out an accident report with the DMV within 3 days of the accident
  • Call a dedicated and experienced car accident lawyer at 503-546-3167

You will receive a phone call from the at-fault driver’s insurance company in the following hours or days after the accident. Feel free to answer, but make sure not to give a recorded statement before consulting with an attorney. You will most likely receive many more phone calls in the coming weeks, but once you have reported the accident to both insurance companies, an attorney should be the one you speak with.

 

Common Causes of Car Accidents

There are so many scenarios in which car accidents can occur, but like with many repeated events, there are similarities. Some of the most common causes of car accidents are indeed human error. 

 

  • Following too closely behind
  • Avoiding an upcoming vehicle
  • Driving too fast for the current conditions
  • Illegal lane changes
  • Distracted driving

 

 

Common Injuries from Car Accidents

As varied as the causes of car accidents can be, injuries sustained by those involved can be a whole other story. In some cases, major accidents result in minor or no injury, while in other cases, minor accidents cause life-altering injuries. Many times, victims will not even feel injured until the adrenaline is gone, hours later. Therefore, it is vital that you seek medical attention even if you do not feel there is anything wrong. Some common injuries include but are not limited to:

  • Bulging discs in back
  • Herniated discs in back
  • Head trauma
  • Lower body trauma
  • Laceration
  • Neck stiffness
  • Lower back stiffness
  • Whiplash

 

Filing your car accident claim in Oregon on time

When an accident occurs, there will many things that go through the minds of everyone involved. Once the dust settles and you are home safely, there are some deadlines that are vital to the security of you, your vehicle, and your potential case. One deadline is to file an accident report to the DMV within 72 hours.

The other vital deadline car accident victims need to know is two years. You have two years from the date of the accident and injuries to file a car accident case. You may think this sounds like a long time, but in these situations, months go by in the matter of a blink it seems. Any delay in beginning this process can be very problematic, even if you contact an attorney a year out. A case is more difficult to work for even the best attorneys when time is running out. Call us today at 503-546-3167 for your free case consultation.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I hire an attorney for my car accident?

Yes, calling an experienced attorney’s office can be the smartest thing to do during this process. Not only will you receive valuable advice on what to do next, but if you choose to hire us at the Johnston Law Firm, you will have a team that fights and cares for you. Give us a call today.

How much do I have to pay for a lawyer?

For an experienced and dedicated team like us, we charge nothing up front. We only get paid when you get paid. We work on a contingency fee basis, which means we do not receive payment until we finish a settlement for you.

When should I talk to an attorney? 

An attorney should be your third or fourth call after an accident. First should be the police or fire department, second should be your loved ones, third should be your insurance company. Report your accident to your insurance company but do not give a recorded statement until calling an attorney. Call us as soon as possible so we can begin helping you.

 

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