Springfield, OR, Car Accident Lawyers
After a car accident, you will most likely have financial worries, as even minor injuries could keep you out of work for several weeks. You should not have to suffer financially because of another's negligence. Our Springfield, OR, car accident attorneys can pay for the damages you sustain, including medical expenses and lost wages.
If the other driver is at fault, he or his insurance company is responsible for paying damages. However, insurance companies are in business to make a profit, so they will find any reason to deny your claim or offer a pittance.
If you suffered injuries or lost a loved one in a car accident, contact one of our Springfield, OR, car accident lawyers at Strong Law at (206) 741-1051 for a free case evaluation and assistance in dealing with insurers.
Protect Your Rights with the Help of Our Springfield, OR, Car Accident Lawyers
When someone’s negligence injures you or takes the life of a loved one, you have the right to recover monetary damages, typically paid by the at-fault driver’s insurer. The insurance company has limits on what it will pay based on how much insurance the driver purchased in the policy. In some cases, damages could exceed that amount. When you need that additional compensation for your injuries and losses, you can sue the at-fault driver or the insurance company to pay more.
In some cases, more than one person could share in the responsibility for your injuries. For example, perhaps you were in an accident with a truck. If the driver of a commercial vehicle hits you, the driver and his or her employer could share in the responsibility. In car accidents involving multiple vehicles, more than one driver could share in the responsibility for the accident. Our car accident lawyers in Springfield, OR, will investigate your case to determine who shares in the fault. Then, our team will strategize how best to get you the compensation you deserve, whether via settlement negotiations with an insurance company or taking your case to court.
Our Team Gets Results for Our Clients
Find Out Why So Many Clients Trust Strong Law
Our Springfield, 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, especially if more than one person is at fault. Count on our experience, strategic and negotiating skills, and knowledge of the law. We make sure the defendant does not violate your rights. We will make sure that you get all the compensation you deserve.
Learn about how we’ve helped other clients. 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 a 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.
Proving Liability in a Springfield, OR, Car Accident
Our Experienced Attorneys Know How to Show Who Was At Fault
If needed, our firm retains 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 Springfield 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 Springfield car accident lawyers will investigate the accident scene and use expert witnesses to recreate the accident. Our attorneys will also interview first responders, police officers and other witnesses who were at the scene of the accident.
Injuries You Might Suffer in a Car Accident
In addition to injuries such as traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, broken bones, and face and eye injuries, you could suffer secondary injuries such as infections. The defendant is also responsible for any secondary injuries since you would not have suffered them if not for the defendant’s actions or inactions.
Recoverable Damages After a Car Accident in Springfield
In Oregon, you can recover economic damages and non-economic damages. 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 you and your loved ones.
Special damages, usually referred to as economic damages, have a monetary value. They include:
- Past and future medical expenses
- Past and future lost wages
- Repair or replacement of damaged or destroyed personal property
- Funeral, cremation and/or burial expenses.
General damages, usually referred to as non-economic damages, are more difficult to compute in monetary terms. They include:
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of quality of life
- Loss of companionship
- Loss of consortium
- Loss of use of a body part
- Loss of use of a bodily function
- Excessive scarring or disfigurement.
You can also recover punitive damages in Oregon. The court orders the defendant to pay punitive damages only if his or her actions were intentional or grossly negligent. A punitive damage award is not to make you whole again but to punish the defendant.
Why You Should Hire Our Car Accident Lawyers in Springfield, OR
Depend on Our Winning Record. Count on Our Experience.
Some people might wonder if it’s a good idea to settle the claim themselves without hiring a lawyer. However, our team at Strong Law Firm knows that those who settle a car accident claim on their own usually leave money on the table. Insurance companies are in business to make money. That means that every time they pay out a claim, it decreases the insurance company’s bottom line.
As a result, insurance companies will look for any reason to deny a claim. In fact, when you contact an insurance company to notify them that you were in a car accident in the Springfield, OR, area, you should not say much at all. Give them only your name, the insured’s information, the date and location of the wreck, and your attorney’s contact information. Direct them to your Springfield car accident lawyer if they start asking questions.
The insurance company representative may try to get you to make a statement. They may be pushy. Keep referring them to your attorney for any statements. The insurance company might twist what you say in an attempt to put the blame for the accident on you so that they can deny your claim or offer you a low amount that might not even cover your medical expenses or other damages you might be entitled to.
Since our Springfield car accident lawyers are familiar with the tactics used by insurance companies, when you hire our team to represent you, we will plan for their actions. Additionally, the insurance company knows that those who hire car accident lawyers are better able to litigate their cases. When car accident claims end up in court, the cost to an insurer is usually higher.
Working with our team of experienced car accident lawyers in Springfield, OR, you have skilled negotiators by your side who will fight for the settlement you deserve. When a settlement offer is not appropriate, our team will take your case to court. Your chance of getting the compensation you deserve is much higher when you hire the Strong Law Firm team than if you try to handle your claim on your own.
Call us today at (206) 741-1051 to discuss your case so we can get started on our work. Let us handle the fight for compensation so you can focus on healing.
There Is No Fee Unless Our Springfield, 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 Springfield, OR, car accident attorneys at (206) 741-1051 for a free case evaluation as soon as possible.
Springfield, OR, Car Accident FAQs
My accident was not in Springfield, and the at-fault driver and I live in another city. Do I have to use your Springfield office?