Do Accident Scene Photos Help Win Personal Injury Cases?

Your cell phone may provide the evidence that your Bend, Oregon, personal injury attorney needs to win your case against a negligent driver. Photographs taken at the scene before anything has been removed or disturbed can serve as powerful evidence to prove that the negligence of another driver caused the crash and the personal injuries that you suffered. Conflicting accounts …

Is The Clock Running Out on Your Personal Injury Claim?

Every personal injury case comes with its own ticking clock, counting down the time left to make a claim for damages. Each state has its own statute of limitations controlling when the clock begins and how much time you have left before you can no longer file a lawsuit. Allowing the clock to expire can be fatal to your right …

What Is Contributory Negligence?

…and How Does It Affect Compensation for Accident Victims? A motorist, who is distracted by a conversation with a passenger, fails to stop at a red light and hits a pedestrian who was crossing the street at the intersection. Personal injury law allows the injured pedestrian to make a claim against the negligent driver to recover monetary compensation. If the …

Most Common Locations for Car Accidents

According to data compiled by government agencies, driver behavior is the leading cause of car accidents in the U.S. Driver distraction, speeding, intoxication, and other behaviors engaged in by motorists cause the vast majority of crashes. Although car accidents can happen almost anywhere, one thing that you can learn from reviewing government studies is that certain locations appear with greater …

6 Common Causes of Semi Truck Accidents

Semi trucks, those tractor-trailer behemoths barreling down the nation’s highways, represent an integral part of a $700-billion trucking industry responsible for hauling 71% of the freight shipped in the U.S. They may be responsible for making the food and consumer goods available, but it’s hard to be grateful when an 80,000-pound, fully loaded semi truck bears down on your 4,000-pound …

Dog Bites: Being Compensated When Man’s Best Friend Attacks

Almost 90 million dogs live throughout the U.S. Your dog may be your trusted companion, but nearly five million people each year suffer injuries after being bitten by a dog. According to one study, the most common dog-bite scenario involves a child, but adults who ignore aggressive or defensive canine behaviors may also be at risk of getting injured during …

What bicyclists should know about Oregon’s new Stop-as-Yield law

The popularity of bicycle riding as exercise and as an alternative to the family car for getting around town has resulted in states attempting to make streets more cyclist friendly by changing a few traditional rules of the road. As of January 1, 2020, bicycle riders in Oregon join riders in other states in not having to come to a …

What Happens When the Person Injured in an Accident Is Partially at Fault?

Accidents frequently happen through no fault of anyone other than the unfortunate victim — for instance, if they stumble over an untied shoelace and fall to the ground. Other accidents can occur because of the negligence or carelessness of a party other than the injured person. If a broken floor tile causes someone to be injured, for example, the negligence …

Lost Wages for a Personal Injury Claim

Injuries caused by another person’s negligence may entitle you to recover damages, whether the injuries were caused by a driver who ran through a red light while texting on a cellphone or by a property owner who failed to remove snow and ice from the sidewalk. The word “damages” might make you think of  the recovery of medical expenses and …

Steps in the Personal Injury Claim Process

 Whether your injuries are the result of a car crash, a slip-and-fall accident, or any other situation caused by the negligence or carelessness of another party, you could be entitled to compensation. Each claim and the circumstances surrounding it are different, but the following steps are common to most personal injury claims. Choose an attorney  After you receive medical treatment …