Hillsboro, 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 Hillsboro, 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 Hillsboro, OR, car accident lawyers at Strong Law at (206) 741-1051 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
Our Hillsboro, OR, car accident team works hard to get results for our clients. We take the time necessary to investigate your car accident case to the fullest extent. We leave no stone unturned so that we can represent your interests to the best of our ability.
The legal system is complex; and if your car accident case has more than one person at fault, it becomes even more complicated. Count on our experience, our strategic and negotiating skills and our knowledge of the law. We make sure insurance companies and other defendants do not violate your rights. We will make sure that you get all the compensation you deserve. Some of our results include:
- A client was rear-ended while sitting at a stoplight. His neck surgery forced him to stay in a rehabilitation center for two months. We recovered $1.1 million for him.
- A drunk driver crossed the center line, causing a head-on collision with our clients. We recovered $1 million for them.
- A vehicle hit our client as the client was crossing the street. His injuries required surgery on his knee and shoulder and caused him to be out for work for over a year. We recovered $900,000 for him.
- Our client was a passenger in the vehicle driven by an acquaintance. Unbeknownst to our client, the acquaintance was drunk. The driver crashed into a tree, causing our client to suffer neck injuries that required surgery. We recovered $875,000 for our client.
- Three young children were riding in a car that was T-boned while the driver was making a left turn into a parking lot. The three children suffered injuries in the wreck. We recovered $680,000 for the children.
Each matter is unique, and your results may vary.
Proving Liability in a Hillsboro, OR, Car Accident
Our Experienced Attorneys Know How to Show Who Was at Fault
In some cases, it is obvious who was at fault in a car accident. In other cases, your attorney might have to retain private investigators to determine who was at fault in the car accident. While the police report can point to liability, it is not the only tool a car accident lawyer in Hillsboro will use.
To recover damages in a car accident, you must be able to show that the other driver met the four elements to prove liability. Those elements are:
- The driver – also known as the defendant – had a duty of care not to harm you.
- The driver violated that duty.
- The driver’s actions caused your injuries.
- You suffered damages as a result of those actions.
More than one person could meet these elements – and if they do, they are also responsible for your injuries and other damages.
To help prove who shares in the liability for the damages you can collect, our Hillsboro 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 Hillsboro, 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 Hillsboro, OR.
Recoverable Damages After a Car Accident in Hillsboro
Very few events turn lives upside down faster, and more completely, than a sudden and unexpected vehicle collision. These victims usually sustain serious injuries, like broken bones, head injuries, and internal injuries. Usually, these injuries are disabling, at least to an extent. Oregon has one of the highest average daily hospital costs in the country. As a result, these victims quickly accumulate medical bills which, in many cases, they cannot possibly pay. The financial strain combined with the physical strain traps families in a downward spiral.
A Hillsboro car accident lawyer obtains compensation for these losses. Victims need this compensation to pay medical bills and other accident-related expenses. They deserve it because the car accident wasn’t their fault. No one can turn back the hands of time and break the chain of events that led to a vehicle collision. Financial compensation is the next best thing, and, quite frankly, money helps victims recover and move on with their lives. At this point, that’s the best possible outcome.
This phrase refers to the out-of-pocket expenses related to a vehicle collision in Oregon. Specific items include:
- Medical Bills: We mentioned hospital bills above. Other medical bills include follow-up medical care and physical therapy expenses. Ancillary medical costs include things like transportation (usually the ambulance or helicopter ride to the hospital), medical devices, and prescription drugs.
- Lost Wages: Frequently, this category really means “lost productivity at work.” As a result, this portion of economic damages is often hard to calculate. Many recovering victims have good days and bad days. It may be several months, or even longer, before they are back to work at full speed.
- Property Damage: This component is often hard to calculate, as well. For example, the family car often has an emotional value which, in many cases, exceeds its financial value.
It’s very important not to settle or otherwise resolve a car accident claim until medical treatment is at least substantially complete. If cases settle too early, the settlement might not reflect all probable future medical expenses. If that’s the case, the victim could be financially responsible for these charges.
Economic damages go a long way toward compensating car crash victims. But this relief is incomplete. Intangible losses include:
- Pain and suffering,
- Loss of consortium (companionship),
- Emotional distress, and
- Loss of enjoyment in life.
Many of these noneconomic damages are difficult to calculate. How can anyone put a price tag on something like a sleepless night worrying about accident-related bills or the inability to push a child on a swing?
To determine a fair amount, most Hillsboro car accident lawyers multiply the economic losses in a case by two, three, or maybe four, largely depending on the facts in the case.
Punitive damages, a special form of noneconomic damages, are available in a few extreme cases, such as an alcohol-related wreck caused by a driver with a sky-high BAC level. Jurors may award these additional damages if there is clear and convincing evidence that the tortfeasor (negligent driver) intentionally disregarded a known risk.
There Is No Fee Unless Our Hillsboro, 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 Hillsboro, OR, car accident attorneys at (206) 741-1051 for a free case evaluation as soon as possible.
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