Oregonians love to get outdoors. We walk, jog and exercise in Beaverton, Old Town, or Cedar Hills Crossing to get fit and stay active. But with so many people enjoying life on foot, pedestrian accident cases are a large part of the headlines.
In the vast majority of pedestrian-related crashes, the fault does not lie with the pedestrian but rather is due to some type of negligence on the part of the driver. Often, multiple factors may lead to the negligent action, including driving while distracted, failing to check for pedestrian traffic before proceeding into an intersection, and speeding.
Top Five Causes of Pedestrian Crashes in Beaverton, Oregon
- Drivers failing to yield at pedestrian crosswalks
- Drivers running stop signs or lights
- Failure to maintain lane
- Inattentive or distracted driving, such as texting or talking on a cell phone
3 Common Misconceptions about Pedestrian Accidents:
1. If a pedestrian is partially at fault in the accident, they do not deserve any recovery for their claim in Oregon.
If a pedestrian is crossing the street while distracted, like texting or chatting on the phone and they are struck by a car, the pedestrian could be partially at fault for the accident. However, this doesn’t mean the pedestrian does not have a claim or would immediately be denied a claim.
Motorists have a responsibility to pedestrians to use reasonable care–they are encased in tons of steel whereas pedestrians are not, after all. Always review your case with a pedestrian accident attorney and discuss the full details of the accident. You may be surprised by what kinds of damages you are able to recover in such instances.
2. If a pedestrian is struck by an uninsured motorist, there is no recourse for the pedestrian to take.
In Oregon, motorists are required to insure their vehicles. However, when this does not occur and a pedestrian becomes involved in an accident with an uninsured motorist, there are still some ways a pedestrian can be awarded damages for their injuries. In some cases, a pedestrian’s auto insurance, or Uinsured Motorist Coverage can protect the pedestrian and provide coverage for their medical bills and injuries.
3. If a pedestrian is only slightly injured in an accident, they don’t need to be seen by a medical professional.
Always, always get seen by a medical professional when you’ve been involved in an accident. The medical documentation can be used during the course of your case to show that you’ve been diligent in getting the medical attention you need. It also will clearly show when your injuries started so there is no ambiguity about where your pain or injury has come from.
Speaking with a Beaverton injury lawyer is the best way to learn about your legal rights and your options following an accident, including whether you may have a valid claim for your injuries. After a crash leaves you injured, you must make sure to receive relief to which you are entitled. Call Paul today and let him help you bring a claim for your damages. The initial call is always free and there are no fees unless your case is won.
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Pedestrian accident cases are too common in the U.S., with over 70,000 injuries each year, and 4,280 deaths. In Oregon alone, there was a 25% increase in pedestrian fatalities from 2011 to 2012. This extraordinarily high number leaves our community at risk for serious injuries such as head injuries or spinal cord injuries. Victims need to know how to get compensated and get on with their lives. With over 15 years’ experience, Paul Galm has been helping victims of pedestrian accidents do exactly that in Beaverton, Oregon.
We will do everything in our power to make sure you get the just compensation you deserve. Once you are Paul’s client, you are a client for life.
What people who have experienced personal injury say about our service:
I was stopped at a cross-walk and in the process of crossing when a large SUV turning right failed to check the cross-walk and hit me. I called Paul and he talked to me personally on the phone for 15 minutes right then and there. He helped me get medical treatment and answered my questions.