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Woodburn Car Accident Attorney

Auto Accident Lawyer Representing Injury Victims in Woodburn, OR

Unexpected twists and turns touch all of us throughout our lives, but it is our ability to deal with these events that will set us up to be stronger through it. Car accidents are unfortunately one of these twists and turns and can truly turn your life upside down in many ways. Whether it is mere vehicle damage or serious personal injury, life can get complicated. Through an uncertain event like a car accident, we at the Johnston Law Firm will be there to hear you out and to help you in any way we can. Give us a call today to get quick, honest, and helpful advice about what to do next. We are here. Call 503-546-3167 today to get a free consultation over the phone.

 

Common Types of Car Accidents in Woodburn

As unexpected and as fast as car accidents happen, it can be difficult to avoid them. There also can be a difficult task to predict how it will happen. Below are some of the most common types of car accidents across the state of Oregon.

  • Rear-end collisions
  • Side swipe
  • Head-on collisions
  • Highway collisions
  • T-bone collisions

 

Common Injuries in Woodburn Car Accidents

The scariest part of a car accident is the danger it poses to your physical health. When you are involved in a car accident, you could have no idea what is physically ailing you for a few days after the accident. Injuries can be major even from minor accidents, while they can also be minor from major accidents. The following are some of the most common injuries resulting from car accidents.

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

 

What do I do after a car accident in Woodburn?

Being involved in a car accident can be a truly scary and unpredictable experience, but there are some key steps to follow if you are ever in one. Follow these steps to ensure not only your safety, but also your financial security for you and your family.

  1. Get you and your family to safety: pull off to a safe spot on the road, seek immediate medical attention if necessary.
  2. Exchange information with the other driver: obtain photos of their license and insurance coverage.
  3. Take pictures of vehicle license plate, vehicle damage of all vehicles involved
  4. Take pictures of any missing vehicle parts and street names
  5. DO NOT converse with the other parties about what happened
  6. Get home safely, or seek medical attention
  7. Call your insurance company and report the accident (DO NOT give a recorded statement before calling an attorney)
  8. Fill out a DMV accident report within 72 hours of the accident
  9. Contact the Johnston Law Firm for your free consultation to obtain advice and/or possible representation.

 

What kinds of damages am I eligible to receive in a Woodburn car accident?

In car accidents in Oregon, there are two types of compensation a victim can be eligible to receive. 

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.

 

Filing your Auto Accident Claim on Time

If you or a loved one are injured in a car accident or pass away from those injuries, compensation might be eligible for you. When beginning a claim, you must first file it with your auto insurance company by reporting the accident to them. Make sure to also fill out a DMV accident report within 3 days of the accident. This deadline is not the only deadline you need to be aware of though, as there is one other very important one. 

You have two years from the date of the accident to file a car accident claim with your experienced Woodburn car accident lawyer. Even though two years might seem like a substantial amount of time, it will fly by. The sooner you can contact us at the Johnston Law Firm, the sooner we, or another experienced attorney, can begin fighting for you.

If you fail to bring your claim within this two-year time frame, the state of Oregon will deem our case ‘time-barred’ and disallow you to receive compensation. Make sure to contact a Woodburn car accident attorney as soon as possible.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I file a car accident claim?

You will first start by reporting the accident to your insurance company as well as filling out a DMV accident report. Your very next step should be to call an experienced and dedicated car accident attorney like the Johnston Law Firm. We will listen to your experience and assess whether we can help you or we can find the proper help for you. If we do indeed feel we will best be able to represent you, we will schedule a time to meet in person to discuss further details. If you choose to hire attorney Marc Johnston and his team, you will sign the pertinent documents and the Johnston Law Firm team will begin right away investigating. We will fight to win back what you lost so you can focus on your physical recovery.

How much can I recover in a car accident case?

This amount will not be determined until all investigations are completed but we can assure you that we will work tirelessly to get you what you and your loved ones deserve. Every penny.

Do I need a lawyer?

Attorney Marc Johnston and his team can handle the confusing world of insurance companies, liability claims and collections agents. We will conduct a thorough investigation on your behalf and make sure your insurance company pays exactly what they should. We will not let you get manipulated by the insurance companies and their affiliates. They hope you do not hire an attorney so that they can pay you as little as possible, as fast as possible. Even if you do not choose to hire an attorney, the Johnston Law Firm will be there to answer any questions and give you advice about your next step. We highly recommend at the very least to give us a call, it’s free.

 

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