Pedestrian accidents are events that should never happen. With due care, proper attention to the road, and abidance by the law, drivers, and pedestrians can avoid these often-deadly collisions. Unfortunately, human errors and negligence frequently compromise the safety of Portland’s roads and crosswalks. In 2018 alone, the City of Portland reported 16 pedestrian deaths and many more injuries. If you or a loved one was injured, the Portland pedestrian accident attorneys at Tillmann Law may be able to help. Call (503) 272-8986 for your free consultation today.
Pedestrian accident law can be a difficult field to navigate on your own. As a victim, you will need to contend with at-fault parties and insurance companies that do not want you to settle for a large amount. Hiring a lawyer can be the simplest and most effective way to stand up for your rights and obtain fair compensation for your damages. Your lawyer will take over settlement negotiations for your pedestrian accident claim so you can focus on healing. Portland pedestrian accident attorneys can manage difficult tasks such as investigating your accident, collecting evidence, building an injury claim, and going head-to-head with insurance companies on your behalf.
Pedestrians are vulnerable to very serious injuries during traffic collisions. Because a person is much smaller, lighter, and lacks the same protections as a motor vehicle, he or she is more likely to suffer serious damage compared to drivers and passengers.
Below are some of the most common injuries that Portland pedestrian accidents experience:
Many of these injuries do not show symptoms until a few hours or longer after the initial accident. For this reason, it is critical to seek medical care as soon as possible following the collision. Failure to seek medical care could lead to potentially life-threatening complications, so it is important to go to the hospital as soon as you are able.
Before you can bring a claim to damages, you must understand who or what caused your accident. This party will serve as the defendant during your personal injury claim in Multnomah County. The Portland pedestrian accident lawyers at Tillmann Law can investigate your case and name the defendant on your behalf, if necessary. We can help you determine the cause of your crash using proven investigative techniques.
An incompetent, inexperienced, negligent, or careless driver could easily cause a preventable pedestrian collision in Portland. Other hazards can contribute to these wrecks as well, including dangerous roadways. The defendant could be the driver that struck you, the government for a defective public roadway, a private property owner, a product manufacturer, and/or other parties depending on your case.
Naming the defendant is just one of many tasks we can accomplish for you at Tillmann Law. Our pedestrian accident lawyers’ commitment to client success means we have all the resources and abilities you need for a strong claim to damages. A strong case could equal maximum compensation for your losses.
In general, your pedestrian accident case will be worth more the more serious your injuries and damages are. Hiring the right Portland accident attorney can go a long way toward increasing your financial recovery. Speak to the lawyers at Tillmann Law today to find out if we may be able to help you.
Because pedestrians are so vulnerable to injuries in a collision, many accidents result in long-term disabilities. You may be unable to walk or move without assistance. You may experience problems with concentration, speech, memory, or bodily functions. It can be difficult to return to work or complete daily tasks alone.
If you find yourself in this situation, you deserve justice. By filing an insurance claim or lawsuit for your catastrophic injury, you could recover compensation to pay for the full value of any losses that you suffered. These may include:
Because cases involving long-term disabilities usually result in higher settlements, insurers and at-fault drivers may fight aggressively against them. To protect your right to a fair settlement and prove your right to recovery, it is important to enlist the help of a Portland pedestrian accident lawyer.
An attorney from Tillmann Law can help you gather the evidence necessary to establish the driver’s liability and right to recovery. Your lawyer will contact expert witnesses, such as medical professionals, who can testify to the extent and nature of your disability and the damages that you are claiming. With this level of support on your side, you are better prepared to fight for your right to maximum compensation.
The right evidence is critical to proving a pedestrian accident claim. You want to gather enough information that shows that the driver caused your collision and that you are entitled to recover the damages that you are claiming.
Evidence is freshest in the moments just after the accident. If you are able to move without risk of further injury, you can take the following steps to gather information:
If you are not able to gather evidence immediately after the accident, do not worry. Your lawyer can conduct an in-depth investigation into your accident and help you obtain the evidence that you need to prove your claim. Your attorney can review traffic camera footage, enlist the help of experts, and gather other documents that will be essential to your case.
While the law requires drivers to stop whenever they are involved in an accident, this is not always the case. In some devastating situations, hit and run drivers strike Portland pedestrians and flee the scene without exchanging information.
If you find yourself in this situation, a lawyer from Tillmann Law can help. Your attorney can review evidence like surveillance footage, witness testimonies, and notes taken by you on the day of the accident to help identify the driver.
Your lawyer can also explain your options for compensation, even if the driver is not identified, and work to recover a fair settlement. In the event that you are able to find the hit and run driver, your attorney could use evidence that he or she fled the scene to secure additional compensation on your behalf.
When walking in Portland, it is important to be safe, stay aware of your surroundings, and follow the rules of the road. These safety tips can help you protect yourself as a pedestrian and avoid a collision with a motor vehicle driver:
Pedestrian safety is a shared responsibility. Drivers also have a duty to prevent pedestrian accidents, obey the right of way, and stay alert in neighborhoods with lots of foot traffic. If you are driving in Portland, take the following steps to keep everyone in the area safe:
Pedestrian accidents are unfortunately common in Portland, leading to serious injuries and devastating fatalities. According to the 2021 Vision Zero Traffic Crash Report, pedestrian deaths have increased from 18 in 2020 to 27 in 2021. Sadly, pedestrians made up 43% of all traffic deaths in the city in 2021.
Tillmann Law is 100% dedicated to protecting the rights of Portland’s most vulnerable road users: pedestrians. If you or a loved one was recently in a pedestrian collision in Portland, do not hesitate to contact us for a free legal consultation. We can discuss your case and claim to damages in more detail at no cost or obligation. Call (503) 272-8986 to reach a Portland personal injury lawyer directly.