Rear-end crashes can cause devastating injuries and deaths. Accident victims might incur substantial financial losses in addition to their emotional and physical injuries. A careless driver could turn your world upside down in just a second.
The Portland car accident lawyers at Tillmann Law Personal Injury Lawyers will fight to get you the compensation you need to pay medical bills and other expenses. We have recovered millions of dollars for accident victims in Oregon.
Contact our law firm by calling (503) 272-8986 to schedule your free consultation with a rear-end accident lawyer in Portland, OR.
When you are involved in a car crash, you need experienced and trusted legal counsel. You need a Portland personal injury law firm that fights for its clients and obtains top-dollar settlements and jury awards. Tillmann Law Personal Injury Lawyers is that law firm.
Our founding lawyer Aaron Tillmann has received numerous awards. Top local and national legal organizations, including Super Lawyers, Martindale-Hubbell, The American Institute of Personal Injury Lawyers, and The National Trial Lawyers, have recognized Attorney Tillmann. He has gained considerable skills, knowledge, and resources while handling personal injury cases for nearly two decades.
When you hire our award-winning legal team for help after a rear-end collision in Portland, Oregon, we will:
You might be worried about how you can afford to hire a rear-end accident attorney in Portland. Our Portland car accident attorneys at Tillmann Law Personal Injury Lawyers work on a contingency fee basis. You do not pay attorney’s fees until we recover compensation in your case.
Contact our law office to schedule a free case evaluation with a Portland car accident attorney. We are fierce legal advocates for injury victims.
Rear-end collisions are the most common type of car accident in the United States. In 2020, there were 1,457,155 rear-end collisions. Rear-end crashes accounted for nearly 28% of the total crashes that year.
The Oregon Department of Transportation reported 10,790 rear-end accidents statewide in 2020. In Portland, the DOT reported 2,099 rear-end collisions that year. Included in that number are two fatal crashes and 1,149 injury accidents.
One of the most common causes of rear-end accidents is failing to pay attention to the road and traffic. Distracted driving causes thousands of accidents each year. However, that is not the only cause of rear-end accidents.
Speeding and aggressive driving are also common causes. Driving under the influence and tailgating also result in many rear-end collisions. Some rear-end crashes are caused by drivers who are drowsy or fatigued.
When your car is hit from behind, the force of the impact can throw you forward and then jerk you backward. The intense jolt and back-and-forth movement can cause various injuries, from broken bones to soft tissue injuries.
Three of the most common types of injuries in rear-end crashes are:
Whiplash is a very common rear-end accident injury. Being forcefully thrown forward and backward causes the neck to whip violently back and forth. The whipping motion can cause severe soft tissue damage in the neck.
While many cases of whiplash heal with time and rest, severe whiplash injuries can cause significant complications, including:
Insurance companies treat whiplash as a minor injury. However, there is nothing minor about a neck injury. Before accepting a settlement offer, talk with our Portland car accident attorneys to determine if the settlement amount is fair.
The same “whipping” motion that causes whiplash can also cause traumatic brain injury. The brain moves within the skull, causing injury each time it strikes the skull. The result could be multiple areas of brain damage.
It is crucial that you seek medical treatment after the accident. You might not realize you sustained a brain injury until a medical professional checks you.
A rear-end crash can cause spinal cord and back injuries. You could suffer from fractured vertebrae, herniated discs, strains, and sprains. If the spinal cord is damaged, it could cause limited mobility and loss of sensation.
Some back and spinal cord injuries require surgery and extensive physical therapy to recover. Some victims sustain permanent impairments because of the damage.
The extent of your injuries and other factors determine how much your case is worth. Most accident victims can recover compensation for their economic damages, including lost wages, rehabilitation therapy, medical bills, and out-of-pocket expenses.
Additionally, they could receive compensation for their non-economic damages. These damages compensate them for their pain and suffering, including decreased quality of life and emotional distress.
Beware of insurance adjusters who try to shift some of the blame to you for the accident. Oregon’s modified comparative negligence law (Oregon Revised Statute 31.600) does not bar recovery if a victim is partially at fault for causing their injury unless the victim’s fault is more than 50 percent.
If you are less than 51% at fault, your compensation is reduced by your percentage of fault. It is never a good idea to answer questions or give a recorded statement until you talk with a lawyer.
You are not alone. Our legal team at Tillmann Law Personal Injury Lawyers is here to help you through this challenging period. We’ll handle all aspects of your personal injury case so you can focus on returning to normal activities.
Call us today to schedule your free case review with one of our experienced Portland rear-end accident attorneys.