Gresham Car Accident Lawyers
Car accidents are often unpredictable and can cause victims to suffer serious injuries that result in permanent disability or death. In most cases, car accidents happen because another motorist was driving recklessly or negligently. When this occurs, victims may be able to pursue legal action against the at-fault party. If you have been injured in a car accident that you believe was caused by another’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical expenses, lost income, and pain and suffering. Rizk Law’s car accident lawyers in Gresham understand the difficulties many victims experience after being injured in a collision. This includes dealing with uncooperative drivers who will refuse to admit liability and insurance companies that try to offer less compensation than you deserve. However, working with an experienced attorney may help ease some of these burdens for you. Our trusted personal injury lawyers in Gresham have represented numerous car accident victims, and know what it takes to recover the compensation you deserve.
Our Gresham car accident attorneys are skilled negotiators and understand how to communicate with an insurance company to get positive results for our clients. We have in-depth knowledge of Oregon’s negligence laws, and will use our experience to hold the at-fault party liable for his or her negligence. Contact us today to schedule a free, no obligation consultation. All of our services are provided at no upfront cost and we only charge our clients if we recover compensation on their behalf. We take cases involving accidents throughout Gresham and surrounding areas.
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Proving Liability in a Car Accident Case
The success of a car accident claim depends on whether we can prove the at-fault party is liable for your injuries and financial losses. This will require us to show that the accident resulted from the at-fault party’s negligence. There are four elements of negligence we will carefully examine when reviewing your claim. These include:
- Duty of care: The at-fault driver had a duty of care to operate his or her vehicle in a manner that would help ensure the safety of others sharing the roadway.
- Breach of duty: The at-fault driver breached his or her duty by failing to drive in a manner that a reasonably prudent person would. In other words, the at-fault party failed to uphold his or her obligation to ensure your safety by driving recklessly or negligently.
- Causation: You are able to establish a causal link between your injuries and the car accident caused by the at-fault driver.
- Damages: You suffered damages as a result of the accident caused by the at-fault driver. This may include incurring medical expenses or losing income due to missing work while recovering from your injury.
Rizk Law’s determined car accident lawyers in Gresham know what it takes to prove another driver is liable for a traffic collision. We will thoroughly investigate your car accident, including the other driver’s actions before and during the collision, to determine if he or she may be at fault for causing your injury.
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Common Causes of Car Accidents
During our experience as car accident lawyers in Gresham, we have seen the destruction and trauma caused by negligent drivers. Unfortunately, a car accident can occur at any time and may be caused by a variety of reasons, including:
- Reckless driving
- Distracted driving
- Ignoring traffic signs and signals
- Dangerously drifting into another lane
- Fatigued or drowsy driving
- Road rage or aggressive driving
- Failing to signal a lane change or upcoming turn
- Violating traffic laws
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
According to the Oregon Department of Transportation, the top three contributing factors that resulted in a car accident in Gresham in 2016 were following too closely (501 collisions), failing to yield (389 accidents) and improper driving (350 crashes). Following too closely resulted in 305 injuries, while failing to yield resulted in 228 injuries and improper driving resulted in 198 injuries.
Motorists have a legal duty of care to ensure the safety of other motorists, passengers, and pedestrians sharing the roadway. This includes driving their vehicle in a reasonably safe manner that avoids causing a car accident or traffic hazard. If a motorist breaches his or her duty by failing to uphold this obligation, he or she may be held liable for the damages suffered by the victim.
The Gresham Revised Code also outlines other driving offenses punishable under the law, such as participating in speed racing, driving a vehicle over private property without the owner's permission, and allowing anyone to ride any portion of a vehicle not designed or intended to have passengers.
If you have been injured in a car accident that you believe was caused by another’s negligence, contact Rizk Law today for a free, no obligation consultation. We will assist you in determining your legal options to recover compensation from the at-fault party.
To get started, call 503.245.5677.
Types of Compensation Available After a Car Accident
Many car accident victims find that on top of their injuries, pain and discomfort, they face significant financial losses. This may result from costly medical treatment to heal your injuries, as well as loss of income you experience from missing work.
Typically, there are two types of compensation a Gresham car accident lawyer can help you pursue: economic damages and non-economic damages.
Economic damages are meant to compensate you for the measurable financial losses you suffered after the accident. They are meant to return you to the financial state you were in before being injured in the car accident. Although each car accident claim is unique, victims may be able to pursue the follow types of economic damages:
- Past and future medical expenses
- Lost wages and income
- Loss of earning capacity
- Cost of rehabilitation
- Out-of-pocket expenses
- Cost of long-term care
- Assistive medical equipment
- Property damage
In some cases, the damages car accident victims suffer cannot be fully covered by the compensation offered through an insurance claim. In this situation, you may be entitled to pursue non-economic damages from the at-fault party through a personal injury lawsuit. This is compensation for the intangible losses you suffered due to the car accident. This may include:
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Emotional distress
- Mental aguish
- Loss of companionship
- Disability and disfigurement
- Humiliation or loss of reputation
Non-economic damages, however, can only be obtained by filing a personal injury lawsuit against the at-fault party. To find out if you have a case, you may need to consult with a knowledgeable Gresham car accident attorney to discuss your legal options. He or she will understand if you have a viable case against the at-fault party and will help you pursue the compensation you need.
Often, car accident victims find that they may share some of the fault in causing the collision. In this situation, Oregon’s contributory fault law is used to determine the value of the victim’s personal injury claim. Under this rule, each party involved in the car accident will be given a percentage based on their level of fault in causing the collision. Being assigned a percentage of fault, however, does not prevent you from recovering compensation. Rather, it reduces the amount of compensation you may receive. However, your degree of fault cannot be greater than the other driver’s.
For example, say you may file a car accident claim seeking $50,000 in compensation from the other driver. However, it may be discovered that you were texting while driving when the accident occurred, and share 40 percent of the fault in causing the collision. In this situation, your claim’s value will be reduced by 40 percent. The new maximum value of your claim would be $30,000. If your degree of fault is found to be 51 percent or more, then you may lose the right to recover compensation from the other driver.
At Rizk Law, we have represented numerous car accident victims and obtained fair compensation. We know how to value a claim to provide you an accurate estimate of the compensation you may receive. Our car accident attorneys are also familiar with Oregon’s contributory fault law and will work to make sure you are not assigned an unfair amount of blame for the collision.
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Common Car Accident Injuries
Car accidents often occur when the victim is in a vulnerable and exposed position. As a result, car accident victims may suffer a variety of injuries, depending on the severity of the collision and impact. Often, injuries acquired during a car accident can be traumatic and may cause permanent damage and disability. Common types of car accident injuries include:
- Spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Internal bleeding
- Fractured bones
- Neck injuries
- Back injuries
- Torn ligaments and muscles
- Soft tissue damage
- Wrist injuries
- Cuts and lacerations
- Heavy bruising
- Head injuries
- Burn injuries
It is not uncommon, unfortunately, for car accident injuries to be fatal. If you have lost someone you love due to a negligent driver, you may be entitled to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the at-fault party.
Rizk Law’s trusted car accident lawyers in Gresham are committed to helping victims who suffered an injury due to another’s negligence. We will dedicate our skills and resources to help you receive the compensation and justice you deserve.
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How a Gresham Car Accident Lawyer Can Help You
Often, car accident victims face several difficulties after the collision. This may include complications with the medical treatment they receive for their injuries, or trying to communicate with an insurance company to receive fair compensation in a timely manner.
After a car accident, your main concern should be focusing on your health or helping your loved one recover. For this reason, you should strongly consider working with an experienced Gresham car accident lawyer during the claims process. Rizk Law’s attorneys will act as your advocate during the claims process by:
Helping You Build a Case
To recover the compensation you deserve, our attorneys will help you build a case against the at-fault party. This includes finding evidence that shows the other driver caused the car accident and is liable for your injuries. Our efforts will likely include:
- Obtaining the police and accident reports detailing the events of your collision and who the responding law enforcement officer believes is at fault
- Collecting your medical records describing the injuries you suffered - this includes the severity of your condition, the long-term effects of your injuries, and the treatment and care you may need to recover
- Taking pictures of the accident scene, your injuries and physical condition, and the damage inflicted on your vehicle to show the severity of the accident
- Consulting with medical experts and specialists who understand the severity of your injury and can testify on your behalf about its adverse long-term effects
- Reconstructing the car accident to determine what may have occurred before and during the collision
- Reviewing any available video footage of the car accident - this may include video footage from traffic cameras at the intersection where your crash occurred.
- Interviewing witnesses who may have seen your accident occur
Communicating with Insurance Companies
Our Gresham car accident lawyers have many years of combined experience handling personal injury claims. We are capable negotiators and understand how to effectively communicate with insurance companies to get the results our clients deserve.
One of our main concerns is to help you get fair and adequate compensation for your injuries and financial losses. This means we will not settle for any amount less than what you deserve. If an insurer is not willing to cooperate, we will not hesitate to file a lawsuit and pursue the compensation you need in a trial.
Filing Your Case within the Statute of Limitations
Every state, including Oregon, has a statute of limitations for personal injury cases. After being injured in a car accident, you have two years to recover compensation from the at-fault party, according to ORS § 12.110.
The two-year statute of limitations begins on the date your car accident occurred, or when you first discovered you suffered an injury during the accident. If you wait until the statute of limitations has expired, your case will be dismissed and you cannot recover compensation for the car accident.
For this reason, you should contact an attorney as soon as possible to discuss your right to pursue compensation. Our attorneys will need time to build a case on your behalf that supports your claim. Additionally, you may need to wait until your injury has healed to understand the cost of your medical treatment.
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Request a Free Consultation Today with Rizk Law
If you or someone you love has been injured in a car accident, there may be several options available to pursue the compensation you deserve. Rizk Law’s reputable car accident lawyers in Gresham are dedicated to assisting victims of negligence in seeking justice after being injured by a negligent driver.
To find out if you have a case, contact us to schedule a free, no obligation consultation. We provide all of our services at no upfront cost and represent clients on a contingency fee basis. This means you only have to pay us if we recover compensation for you. We are committed to helping car accident victims obtain the results they deserve.
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