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Portland Rear-End Accident Attorney

If you are in a rear-end collision on Portland roads, you have the right to claim compensation for your injuries if the other driver is responsible for the crash. However, proving liability in rear-end accidents can be complex — especially if the rear driver is not the one who caused the crash.

Tillmann Law can help. Our Portland accident attorneys have handled complex car accident claims for several years, and we have the strategies, resources, and legal experience you need to prove your right to damages.

Why Choose Us

  • Our Portland Rear-end accident attorneys have secured millions of dollars in compensation for our clients and will fight tenaciously for your right to maximum recovery.
  • Our firm understands that car accidents are expensive, which is why we take all cases on a contingency fee basis. You only pay legal fees if we secure a settlement on your behalf.
  • We have four former insurance professionals on staff, providing unique insights into the insurance process that we can leverage to benefit your case.

Do You Have Grounds for a Lawsuit?

Since Oregon follows a fault-based insurance system, the person responsible for the accident must pay for your damages. If you can establish that you did not cause the accident, you have three legal options to seek compensation.

  • Filing an insurance claim with the at-fault driver’s insurance company
  • Filing a claim with your own insurance company, if you have the appropriate coverage
  • Filing a personal injury lawsuit in Oregon civil court

Who Is Liable for a Rear-End Accident?

To establish liability in a rear end accident claim, you will need to prove four important elements.

  • The driver owed you a duty to follow traffic laws and drive safely.
  • The driver breached his or her duty of care.
  • You suffered injuries as a direct result of the breach.
  • You sustained damages you can collect monetary compensation for.

Based on these elements, either driver may be liable for a victim’s damages if his or her actions directly caused the accident. In some cases, the court may reduce your award if it believes you share a portion of the liability.

For example, say that someone crashes into the rear of your vehicle while drinking and driving, and you seek $50,000 in damages. The court discovers you were texting at a green light at the time of the crash and assigns you 30% of the liability. Oregon’s modified comparative negligence law will decrease your settlement to $35,000. If the court assigns you 51% of the liability or higher, you will receive no compensation.

Common Injuries in Rear-End Accidents

Although many people consider rear-end accidents to be minor, they have the ability to cause serious, debilitating injuries. Some of the most common injuries rear-end accident victims face include the following.

  • Whiplash and other soft tissue injuries
  • Spinal cord paralysis
  • Wrist and arm injuries
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Back and neck injuries
  • Facial disfigurement

Many of these injuries require surgeries, hospital visits, medications, and more — and an insurance claim or personal injury lawsuit can help you pay for these necessary treatment costs.

Contact Tillmann Law Today

All car accidents can cause serious harm, including rear-end collisions. If you are struggling with the aftermath of a Portland collision, the injury attorneys at Tillmann Law can help. We are passionate about serving the needs of injured people throughout Oregon, and we have the willpower, resources, and knowledge to pursue your case to the furthest extent possible.

Contact us today to schedule your free consultation. Your attorney will discuss your legal options and help you determine your next steps.