Car accidents send millions of people to emergency rooms throughout the US each year. Some of these victims will leave with permanent scars or disabilities. Others will not leave at all. One of the most tragic things about auto accidents is that they are almost always preventable. At Tillmann Law, we are passionate about improving the safety of the roads in our community by representing crash victims and seeking justice against at-fault parties. If you or a loved one has been in a car accident in Gresham, Oregon, contact us for a free consultation. Our Gresham car accident lawyers may be able to help you obtain compensation.
Whether you have been in a car accident before or this is your first, learn your rights by consulting a personal injury attorney in Gresham before taking legal action. Only an injury attorney will want what is best for you in the aftermath of a crash – not an insurance company, its agents, or claims adjusters. The only source of information about your claim and its value you can trust is a lawyer. The right lawyer can help you in many different ways.
You and your Gresham injury lawyer will share the same goals: for you to recuperate physically and recover financially, as much as possible. A lawyer is someone you can trust to have your best interests in mind. Your relationship with your attorney can provide a stable platform on which to base your case and your future after a bad car accident. The sooner you connect with an attorney, the easier navigating your case will be.
One of the key questions your lawyer can help you answer is, “Who caused my car accident?” While you might assume the answer is the other driver, other factors could be at work that you are unaware of. For example, your crash might stem from a defective car part or dangerous roadway. These factors could expand your ability to recover compensation by naming multiple defendants in your injury claim. At Tillmann Law, we can identify all appropriate defendants by analyzing your crash and determining its causes(s).
In 2017, Oregon reported 57,726 total car accidents – almost 28,400 of which caused injuries, and 403 were fatal. The top driver errors were failure to avoid a stopped vehicle ahead and failure to yield the right-of-way. At Tillmann Law, we can work with investigators to determine the cause of your car accident. Then, we can go to work on pursuing compensation for your damages from the at-fault party.
Before you can fight for fair compensation for your losses, you must understand how to navigate Oregon’s car insurance system. Oregon is a fault-based state with a no-fault provision built-in. This system provides financial protection for victims of car crashes. Victims can either seek compensation through their no-fault insurance plans or the other driver’s fault-based insurance. The decision will depend on your goals and the circumstances of the crash.
All insurance policies must have built-in no-fault provisions in Oregon. No-fault insurance is a first-party process, meaning through a claim with your own insurance provider. You can qualify for no-fault insurance coverage regardless of whether you caused the car accident. This can cover your medical bills and property damages up to your policy’s maximum. A no-fault insurance claim might be appropriate if you caused the accident or the other driver does not have enough insurance.
Fault-based insurance allows you to file a claim with the at-fault driver’s insurance company instead. The other driver will pay for your damages up to his or her policy’s maximum if the insurance company accepts your claim. Your insurer will then cover any remaining damages if the other party does not have enough insurance. Under the fault-based system, you also bear the right to take the guilty driver to trial to attempt to obtain greater compensation. Although a trial does not have guaranteed results, it could pay you more money than a no-fault insurance claim in Oregon.
A successful insurance claim and/or personal injury lawsuit could repay you for many car-accident related losses: past and future medical expenses, lost wages, vehicle repairs, disability costs, pain and suffering, and more. At Tillmann Law, we help car accident survivors and loved ones seek maximum compensation for their damages. We take cases involving cars, trucks, buses, motorcycles, bicycles, scooters, and pedestrians. Find out whether we can take your individual case today. Schedule your free legal consultation in Gresham at (503) 272-8986 or use our online system and we will get back to you as soon as possible.