Every day, Beaverton and Portland residents suffer personal injuries as a result of someone else’s negligent or careless driving. They are victims of car crashes, bike collisions, drunk driving, trucking accidents, and pedestrian hit and runs. Certain stretches of Portland and Beaverton roads, such as the “Terwilliger Curves” (I-5 in SW Portland) and Oregon 10 (Farmington/Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway) are considered some of the most dangerous roads in Oregon. But, while you can’t completely control what happens on the streets, you have options to determine what happens next.
What to Do After a Car Accident
- Collect and exchange information – Gather contact information from the other driver and all witnesses, including the other driver’s license number. Take pictures with your phone of all cars involved – even the debris field, which can be helpful if an accident re-constructionist is needed. Make sure to call the police. A police report can be a great source of information, but it does not always determine who was at fault.
- Seek medical treatment within 24 hours – See a doctor, even if you do not initially feel injured. It is better to see a doctor as soon as possible to ensure you are ok and to have proof to show to the insurance companies, who might argue against your case by asking why you waited a few weeks. Your health is always more important.
- Start a claim with your insurance company – Call your insurance and get a claim number. Take advantage of your personal injury protection (PIP) rights. Generally, in Oregon, a minimum of $15,000 PIP must be provided by your insurance company to help cover medical bills, lost wages, child care and even cleaning your house. Some policies have a noncooperation clause that states that if you do not cooperate and give them notice, they can deny payments down the road.
- Do not talk to the other driver’s insurance company – The insurance company’s main goal is to minimize what they have to pay out. Do not give a recorded statement. Do not tell them anything until you have hired an Oregon auto accident attorney. You may end up telling the insurance company information or unintentionally conflicting stories that could hurt your case.
- Call a Beaverton or Portland car accident lawyer – Many times clients who come in have already hurt their case because they did not talk to a lawyer sooner. An auto accident attorney like Paul Galm knows what you should and should not do in the first few days and weeks after the motor vehicle accident, and will help determine if you have a personal injury case.
If you are looking for a Beaverton or Portland personal injury attorney, the lawyers at Galm Law have experience defending a wide range of accidents, including:
- Rear-end collisions along Highway 26 near the Murray Exit.
- Vehicle collisions near I-84 and the Rose Garden after a Portland Trailblazers game.
- A drunk driver on SW Canyon Road late at night who sideswipes an innocent driver in an adjacent lane.
There is no cost to you unless we win your case. If you or a loved one has been involved in an auto accident in Beaverton or Portland, make the call and talk directly with Paul.
What people who experienced personal injury say about our service:
I was rear-ended while turning in my own neighborhood in Aloha near Beaverton when a car rear-ended me and totaled my car. Turned out the driver was distracted looking at her cell phone and texting while driving. I had shoulder surgery for my rotator cuff and had months of physical therapy. Paul helped me deal with the insurance company and got them to pay. I liked that he always called back and seemed happy to talk – not annoyed.