If you have been injured you need to consult an attorney. Rarely are such blanket statements appropriate, but it is extremely difficult, if not impossible to be taken seriously by an insurance adjuster without an attorney. Without the threat of a lawsuit, there is just no incentive to give you fair settlement offer. In addition, your recourse against the offending party are not limited to your economic damages alone, but the emotional pain and suffering that comes along with any injury.
Multnomah Legal can represent you in a variety of cases from automobile collisions, to intentional torts and commercial accidents to bicycle accidents. Oregon has a two-year statute of limitations for personal injury, so don’t wait to seek legal advice. Waiting a long time after your accident can also make it more difficult to collect evidence, more difficult to locate the other party, and can ultimately reduce your recovery. Contact us today for a free consultation to discuss your situation and learn your rights. Multnomah Legal, your family’s lawyer.
- What to do if you get in an accident
This brief guide will help you learn what to do if you are in a bicycle or automobile accident. It can help you to protect yourself and preserve your case should you be injured or you property damaged.
- If you are lucky enough to be conscious and aware following a bicycle or automobile accident, make sure that you exchange information with the other party. Many individuals think that it is enough to get the insurance policy information and the driver’s name. This is incorrect. If you are in an accident make sure you get the driver’s full name, birthday, driver’s license state and number, make and model of the automobile, license plate number, all insurance information, and in the instance the driver is different than the insured, make sure you find out their relationship.
Take pictures, notes, and document the scene
- Make sure you write down all the information you can about the scene of the accident including where it occurred, the time of day, road and weather conditions, state of the other party, details leading up to the accident, and whether there were any lights, stop signs, a pedestrian crossing, or other street signs. It is also very important to take pictures of the scene, your car, the other driver’s car, and your injuries as soon as possible following the accident. If you are unable to do so have a friend do it for you. This information can be crucial in establishing liability and helping to ensure that you are made whole by the responsible party or their insurance.
Gather witness statements and information
- It is important to speak to any witnesses of the accident and get as much information as they are willing to give you including their name, occupation, and phone number. This information can be very important later on.
- Be careful what statements you make to the opposing insurance company
- The other insurance company will very likely want you to make a statement immediately following the accident. Make no mistake; these people are NOT your friends. They represent very large and very profitable companies that have a vested interest in paying you as little as possible. It is a very good idea to contact an attorney before you speak to the opposing insurance company whether or not you believe you are at fault.
Call the Police
- It is generally a good idea to inform the police whether or not the accident seems serious at the time. At the very least you have added another potential witness to your case if the other party involved has a selective memory later on
File an Accident Report
- It is generally a good idea, and sometimes required, to file an accident report with the DMV following a bicycle or automobile collision. This will create a record of the event and can help you down the road. You are required to file a report with the DMV if there is over $1,500 in damage to either vehicle and if there was any personal injury as a result of the accident.
Contact an Attorney
- Regardless of the seriousness of your case, it is always a good idea to contact an attorney as soon as possible following an accident. Any reputable attorney that regularly does this kind of work will give you a free consultation regarding your rights, and what, if anything they can do to improve your situation. An attorney can help get your automobile repaired, get you into the doctor for necessary medical treatment, and potentially get you something your pain and suffering and loss of enjoyment of life as a result of the accident.
- At Multnomah Legal, all automobile and bicycle accidents are taken on a contingent fee basis with a free consultation. That means that you will never pay us a single dollar unless you receive something from the at-fault party or their insurance company.