Bend, OR, Car Accident Lawyers
When someone hits you with their vehicle, you may suffer injuries like minor cuts and scrapes, or you could suffer catastrophic injuries. The at-fault driver, or their insurance company, should pay for your medical expenses and other damages. Our Bend, OR, car accident attorneys can help you protect your rights and get the compensation you deserve.
After an accident, the at-fault driver’s insurance company is usually responsible for paying damages. However, insurance companies will certainly try to avoid paying a claim; and they’re notorious for offering minimal amounts to settle.
If you suffered injuries or lost a loved one in a car accident, contact one of our Bend, OR, car accident lawyers at Strong Law at 206-741-1053 for a free case evaluation and assistance in dealing with insurers.
Our Team Gets Results for Our Clients
Find Out Why So Many People Trust Strong Law
Thousands of attorneys practice injury law in Deschutes County. But only a select few have the right combination of qualifications to obtain maximum compensation for your serious injuries:
- Dedication: A successful personal injury law practice depends on commitment to victims’ rights. Attorneys who lack this dedication often look for the easy way out. Generally, your Bend, OR, car accident lawyer should devote at least half of his/her practice to personal injury laws.
- Accessibility: When you have questions about your case, you should be able to get answers from your lawyer and not a less-experienced assistant attorney or a non-lawyer paralegal. Additionally, your lawyer should have several offices throughout the area, to make it easier for injured victims to get help.
- Experience: It might sound trite, but there truly is no substitute for experience. Law school usually teaches students nothing about procedural or other such matters. Only experience teaches these lessons. This expertise should also include trial experience. As mentioned, you don’t want a lawyer who looks for an easy way out and a quick settlement.
Our commitment to you at Strong Law pays off. As they say, the proof is in the pudding. Some of our more notable results include:
- After a victim was rear-ended at a stoplight and spent two months in a rehabilitation center, our team recovered $1.1 million for him.
- We obtained $1 million for some victims who were hit head-on by a drunk driver who crossed the center line.
- When a pedestrian accident victim needed money for surgery and a year of lost wage replacement, our professional team came through with a $900,000 recovery.
- Our client was in a car driven by an acquaintance who, unbeknownst to our client, was drunk. That driver left the road and struck a tree. We obtained $875,000 in compensation for our client’s severe injuries.
- After a driver T-boned a car turning left into a parking lot, our team recovered $680,000 for three of the child victims in that car.
The results in these cases exceeded our clients’ expectations. Because we use the same proven methods in each case, we’re confident that the results we obtain for you will exceed your expectations as well.
Proving Liability in a Bend, OR, Car Accident
Our Experienced Attorneys Know How to Show Who Was at Fault
The process which leads to a successful result starts with hard work. That hard work includes collecting evidence that supports your claim and developing a theory of the case. Usually, this theory involves negligence. There are basically four elements in a negligence claim:
- Duty: Under state law, most Oregonians have a duty of reasonable care. They must be mentally, physically, and otherwise fit to drive. Their vehicles must be in good mechanical working order. Then, when they get behind the wheel, they must drive defensively and avoid accidents when possible.
- Breach: Essentially, a breach is an unintentional mistake. Driver errors cause over 95 percent of the vehicle collisions in Deschutes County. The error must be serious enough that it violates the duty of reasonable care. Driving while intoxicated, driving with bad brakes, and excessive speeding are all examples of a breach of duty.
- Cause: A Bend, OR, car accident lawyer must establish factual cause and legal cause. Factual causation is a direct connection between breach and damages. Legal causation typically means foreseeability (possibility) of injury. Tortfeasors (negligent drivers) are only legally responsible for injuries which are foreseeable to them.
- Damages: Usually, victims must sustain a physical injury to be entitled to compensation. Other theories, such as negligent infliction of emotional distress, could be available in some situations.
The at-fault driver might not be financially responsible for damages. Common third-party liability theories include respondeat superior employer liability and dram shop alcohol provider liability.
To help prove who shares in the liability for the damages you can collect, our Bend car accident lawyers will investigate the accident scene and use expert witnesses to recreate the accident, when necessary. Our attorneys will also interview first responders, police officers and other witnesses who were at the scene of the accident.
What to Do After a Car Accident in Bend, OR
In many cases, your injuries could prevent you from doing anything after a car accident. However, if you feel that you can move around without causing additional harm to yourself, you should take the following steps after a car wreck:
- Call first responders and check on others involved in the wreck.
- Obtain the other drivers’ contact information, insurance information and registration information.
- Speak to witnesses. First, obtain a good phone number from anyone who witnessed the accident. You can also ask a witness what he or she saw. If you do, be sure to take notes about which witness said what.
- Allow the emergency medical technicians to check you over, even if you believe your injuries are minor. Some injuries will not manifest for hours or even a day or two.
- After the police release you from the scene, seek medical attention as soon as possible. Let the medical personnel know that you were in an accident and you want to ensure that you do not have any injuries that have not manifested yet.
- Contact our car accident lawyers in Bend, OR.
Recoverable Damages After a Car Accident in Bend
In Oregon, you can recover economic damages and non-economic damages. You cannot recover punitive or exemplary damages for a car accident in Oregon, even if the at-fault driver’s actions or inactions were grossly negligent.
Economic damages and non-economic damages are compensatory damages. The court orders these types of damages in an attempt to make you whole again. While the money does not bring back a loved one, it does reduce financial stress for family members and for the accident victim who might not be able to work again.
Special damages, usually referred to as economic damages, have a monetary value. They include:
- Past and Future Medical Expenses: Past medical expenses are those you incurred because of the accident and prior to a trial award or a settlement. Future medical expenses are those you expect to incur after you settle or win a trial award. Medical expenses also include any therapy you might need, such as cognitive and other psychological therapies, occupational therapy and physical therapy.
- Past and Future Lost Wages: Past lost wages are those you lost from the time of the accident through the time you settle your case or win a trial award. Future lost wages are those you expect to continue losing after a settlement or a trial award. If you are able to work but your disabilities prevent you from making the same hourly rate or salary as prior to the accident, you could recover partial future lost wages.
Economic losses also include property damage. These damages sometimes have an emotional component as well.
General damages, usually referred to as non-economic damages, are more difficult to compute in monetary terms. They include:
- Pain and Suffering: This general category usually includes emotional distress, for those who suffered injuries in a car wreck. Money cannot relieve emotional pain and suffering. But it is the only remedy available under Washington law.
- Lost Quality of Life: Some accident injuries cause disabilities that might require medication or the use of ambulatory aids for the rest of your life. You could recover compensation for loss of quality of life if the accident injuries caused such life-changing changes.
- Loss of Companionship: If your car accident injuries caused long-term or permanent disabilities that preclude you from enjoying family events and activities, you could recover extra compensation.
- Loss of Consortium: If the car accident injuries caused a long-term or permanent disability that precludes you from having a physical relationship with your spouse, whether those injuries are physical or emotional, you could recover extra compensation.
To determine a reasonable amount of non-economic losses, most Bend, OR, car accident lawyers multiply the economic losses by two, three, or four, mostly depending on the facts of the case.
There Is No Fee Unless Our Bend, OR, Car Accident Lawyers Win
You might be thinking that it is all well and good that we can obtain these types of results for our clients, but you worry about fees to retain us. This is one concern you don’t need to have.
Your initial case evaluation is free, and you don’t pay our attorney’s fees unless we win your case for you. If we win, we take our attorney’s fees from your settlement or trial award. We understand that you are going to have a hard enough time paying bills while you are out of work due to accident injuries. We have the resources to investigate your case and negotiate for a settlement to cover your injuries and costs or to take your case to court.
To win the compensation you deserve, contact our Bend, OR, car accident attorneys at 206-741-1053 for a free case evaluation as soon as possible.
Bend, OR, Car Accident FAQs
When should I contact a car accident lawyer in Bend, OR?
My accident was not in Bend, and the at-fault driver and I live in another city. Do I have to use your Bend office?
The insurance adjuster for the defendant’s insurance company keeps calling me. What should I do?
I need to have my car fixed before my case settles. How do I get it fixed?
If the driver who hit me was on the job, can I also collect from his or her employer?
If I caused an accident because of a defective part on my vehicle that the manufacturer would not recall, can I sue the manufacturer?
Is it possible to suffer post-traumatic stress disorder after an accident?
What if the accident was my fault?