Car Crashes Into Outdoor Dining Area in SE Portland

Posted on behalf of RizkLaw on Jun 06, 2023 in Auto Accident, Legal News

Shortly after 7:30 P.M. on Thursday, May 18th, two vehicles collided, sending one into an outdoor dining area nearby. Unfortunately, a diner was enjoying their night and inhabiting the outdoor area at the time of the accident and was brought to the hospital for treatment. 

The outdoor dining structure was created during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the restaurant now utilizes the area for those interested in enjoying the weather or as extra available seating. The restaurant is not alone in refurbishing outdoor spaces built for social distancing. Many establishments see outdoor areas as ways to utilize their space and attract more consumers. However, some of these outdoor areas take place close to busy streets or even on a roadway. If you suffer severe injuries in an outdoor area, speak with Rizk Law about your legal rights and options.

Who Is Responsible for Injuries in an Outdoor Seating Area?

When determining who is responsible for an outdoor seating accident, you will need to consider various factors, including the location of the accident, who is involved in the accident, and the type of accident. For example, if an accident occurs and a vehicle causes severe injuries, you may be able to hold both the responsible driver and the establishment at fault for your damages. The driver is partially responsible due to their actions resulting in the accident. However, the establishment may hold partial fault due to its failure to prevent or notify customers of the potential dangers of sitting in the outdoor establishment. 

These accidents require extensive legal knowledge to navigate. Partnering with a Rizk Law lawyer will provide you with the resources and guidance necessary for a smooth and successful claim process. We will analyze the intricate complexities of your case and determine who the responsible parties are and what compensation you deserve for a full recovery.

Are You Eligible to Recover Compensation for Your Damages?

After an accident, it is crucial to prioritize your health and schedule a doctor’s appointment to detect any latent injuries that might manifest later in severe symptoms. In situations where someone’s negligence has caused major injuries, you have the right to pursue compensation for the resulting damages. The potential compensation you may recover includes:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Hospital or treatment costs
  • Prescription medication
  • Rehabilitation or physical therapy
  • Attorney fees
  • Long-term care expenses
  • Emotional trauma
  • Property damages
  • Lost wages or income
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Physical disfigurement and impairment
  • Wrongful death damages

When someone else’s negligence results in severe, life-changing injuries, you may feel angry and unsure about your next steps. Our Rizk Law attorneys understand your challenges and will provide you with honest guidance about your legal options and how you may recover compensation for your losses.

Oregon provides those suffering from personal injury accidents within two years of the accident to file a claim against the responsible party. While you may believe you have plenty of time to file, we recommend you speak with a lawyer as soon as possible to receive the best possible outcome for your claim. The longer you wait, the harder it will be to connect the accident to the injuries you suffered.

Find a Community-Centered Personal Injury Lawyer in Portland, Oregon

One minute you’re enjoying time outside with friends and family, and the next, your life changes forever. In these difficult moments, our award-winning Rizk Law lawyers are ready to advocate on your behalf and fight for the compensation you deserve. The medical expenses and major life changes you encounter should not be downplayed. We will help you avoid lowball offers from insurance companies and showcase your losses’ extent. 

Our firm takes pride in protecting our communities by holding people responsible for their negligence and ensuring victims receive fair justice. Speak with compassionate  Attorney Richard Rizk by calling (503) 245-5677 or filling out our contact form today.