You deserve compensation if you were injured in a drunk driving car accident in Portland, Oregon. The experienced personal injury attorneys with Tillmann Law Personal Injury Lawyers can help you file a claim and receive money for things like your medical bills, lost wages, repair costs, emotional distress, pain and suffering, and more.
To date, our Portland DUI accident lawyers have obtained millions of dollars of compensation for deserving personal injury victims. Our attorneys have a total of 17 years of combined experience and have been recognized as Super Lawyers and Top 100 Trial Lawyers. We can put that track record and expertise on your side beginning today.
DUI accidents are unlike many other types of car accidents in that they involve deliberate criminal behavior. They also should never occur, should people exercise good judgment and utilize other means of transportation. Unfortunately, there is a DUI fatality in the State of Oregon roughly every other day, on average.
Not only do you deserve compensation if you’ve been hurt in a Portland, Oregon, DUI accident, but you deserve justice. Regardless of whether the drunk driver is convicted of DUI, you may be able to pursue a civil claim against them for your losses. Hiring our personal injury law firm to help with your case means you’ll have a legal team to:
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The value of your DUI accident case in Portland is based on many factors, many of which are fact-specific. For instance, although Oregon is an “at fault” state when it comes to car insurance, drivers are also required to purchase Personal Injury Protection (PIP) coverage.
This is a form of no-fault coverage that can provide some relief in the event of an accident, regardless of whose fault the crash was. However, PIP can only make up for some types of losses and might not reflect the actual value of your claim. For instance, you cannot receive non-economic (pain and suffering) damages from your PIP insurance.
In addition to the terms of any applicable insurance policies, the following factors could influence the value of your case:
The best way to find out how much your case might be worth is to set up your free case review with our experienced Portland car accident attorneys. We can provide personalized insight into the topic once we’ve learned more about your situation.
Most car accident cases require you to prove that the at-fault driver was negligent, which is a legal term that means something in the ballpark of “carelessness.” There are four legal elements required to establish negligence:
As the injured victim, you will need to supply evidence in support of each element. The burden of proof standard is “by a preponderance of the evidence,” which is significantly easier to establish than the “beyond a reasonable doubt” standard found in criminal law.
This is one reason why the party who caused your DUI accident might be acquitted in a criminal court but then found liable in civil court.
DUI cases can be easier to win than other types of car accident cases insofar as the first two elements listed above are almost certainly met. Drivers owe a duty of care to other drivers in terms of following the laws of the road and driving safely. It is difficult to argue that driving drunk does not constitute a violation of that duty.
While you can pursue economic and non-economic damages as part of a DUI accident claim, you might also have a relatively higher chance of receiving punitive damages.
These damages are reserved for rare cases where the defendant acted with extreme recklessness or with the intent to cause harm, qualities that a drunk driver is more likely to possess than the average at-fault car accident driver. Still, punitive damages are not awarded in most cases.
Compensation might not be far out of reach if you’ve been involved in an accident with an impaired driver in Portland, OR. Your PIP policy could offer some relief, but it can only make up for certain categories of losses. Tillmann Law Personal Injury Lawyers can help you file a claim and receive money for virtually every consequence of the accident.
Our Portland DUI accident attorneys work on contingency, so you won’t pay us anything upfront to hire us. We will receive payment as a percentage of the financial award we obtain for you at the end of your case.
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