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The car accident attorneys at Parke Gordon Law Firm have years of experience representing car accident clients and obtaining impressive results on their behalf.
What Should You Do After a Car Accident?
Call 911 immediately after a car accident so that a law enforcement officer investigates the accident and documents that the other driver was negligent. The police officer will take statements and usually issues a traffic citation to the driver responsible for causing the crash. Without the police officer’s report, the other driver might lie and make it difficult to obtain a settlement.
If the police officer wrongly finds you at fault, we can still help. We’ve helped numerous clients fight tickets and obtain settlements when an investigating officer makes a mistake as to who was at fault for causing a car accident.
The next step is to get your injuries examined by a licensed physician. This is not the time to be tough and hold back. Injuries might not be apparent right after an accident. You need to document the areas of your body that are in pain by getting checked at the emergency room or an urgent care center. Make sure you tell the doctor of all the injuries you suffered to avoid confusion and false claims later. Insurance companies can sometimes accuse car accident victims of lying about their injuries.
After you have had a medical evaluation, you should call a car accident attorney. There is no up-front cost to hire a car accident attorney. An attorney will only get paid when the case settles.
Your attorney can deal with the insurance adjusters, help get you a rental car while your vehicle is being repaired or appraised, and ensure your injuries are properly diagnosed and treated. Once your injuries are resolved, your attorney can negotiate a settlement that pays you money for everything you’ve gone through
What is Your Auto Accident Case Worth?
The value of every car accident case is different and depends on a number of factors such as who is liable, the severity of your injuries, and how hard your attorney is willing to fight for you. A great attorney will build the value of a car accident claim by pursuing a recovery of all damages by hiring doctors, economists and other experts to document all recoverable damages. Our attorneys are experienced in maximizing the value of your case and will fight to get you every penny you deserve.
When Should You Contact an Auto Accident Attorney?
If you’ve been injured in a car accident, you should call an attorney immediately. Many people have lost money by not contacting an attorney and failing to properly document their injuries, failing to obtain the necessary diagnostic test, speaking to the adverse insurance company and saying something detrimental to their case. There’s no need to risk hurting the value of your car accident case, call us now to let us begin working on your case.
Most Common Causes of Car Crashes on Oregon Roads
Oregon State Police reported four teens injured and one killed in a car crash on Highway 6 northwest of Forest Grove. The crash occurred when the driver drifted off the roadway sending the vehicle down an embankment and striking a large tree. Forest Grove Fire had to cut open the car to get the teens out. One teen was pronounced dead at the scene of the car crash. The other four teens were taken to a nearby hospital for evaluation of injuries. The following are five of the most common causes of car crashes on Oregon roads.
Losing Control of the Vehicle
11 percent of all car crashes are caused by a driver losing control of the vehicle. Aggressive driving or drivers who are going too fast account for about five percent of all crashes. Another two percent account for drivers who do not slow down for slick road conditions. All of these types of collisions are considered to be drivers losing control.
To avoid these types of crashes, pay close attention to yourself driving as well as other drivers. Predicting what other drivers are going to do could save you from being injured in a car crash.
About seven percent of all car accidents and 21 percent of fatal car accidents are caused by a driver who fell asleep behind the wheel. Studies conducted by AAA reported that 37 percent of all drivers have fallen asleep while driving. 11 percent during the past year and 4 percent during the past month. The administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Mark Rosekind, said: “People are horrible judges of their own sleepiness.” Drivers are unaware of the danger they create by driving tired. We all think, “it won’t happen to us.” In reality, driving tired is one of the most common causes of car crashes.
Between 23 and 30 percent of all car accidents are rear-end collisions. This is mainly due to drivers following too closely to the car in front of them. Though it may be true that the following closer will get you to your destination faster, it won’t save much time. In fact, Science says only 26 seconds a day is saved from our hurrying.
Failing to Stop
Many drivers try to make a turn before traffic going straight comes. However, all too often a pedestrian is hit by a driver who failed to stop at a red light before turning right. In fact, six percent of all pedestrian fatalities occur this way. Even worse, 21 percent of these fatalities are children.
Failing to Stay in the Lane
33 percent of all crashes happen when drivers fail to stay in their lane of travel or even on the road. Many people believe they are a great multitasker. However, considering all the distractions on the road (billboards, other car accidents, activities going on inside the car, etc.), it’s not true. Humans are not programmed to before more than one task at a time.
Personal Injury Lawyer in Portland, Oregon
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, motorcycle accident, semi truck accident or other personal injuries, contact the experienced and knowledgeable personal injury lawyers in Portland at Parke Gordon Law Firm. Our law firm believes every client deserves fair representation against big insurance companies with deep pockets. Call the law office of Harvard law grad Mat Parke today at (971) 373-4878 now for a free consultation. We can usually tell you over the phone if you have a good case. You pay nothing until we win your case. Call now!
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