Auto accidents are a constant occurrence on the highways and roads of the Portland metro area, killing numerous people and seriously injuring many more. Being injured in an auto accident can turn your life upside down. A victim of an auto accident can instantly have every shred of normalcy removed from their life. The Portland auto accident lawyers at Kroll & Johnson, P.C. have the experience and compassion necessary to be successful advocates for victims of auto accidents. Regardless of the type of collision, from violent and disastrous to a more moderate impact, we are standing by to provide answers and assistance in any way we can. We are here to help.
Time is of the essence when you have been involved in an auto accident. This is because an investigation into the facts of the accident must be quickly initiated in order to prove liability. The other driver’s insurance company often contests liability in an attempt to pay less than they should. It is important to consult with an experienced personal injury attorney who handles auto accident cases because there are a number of steps that must be taken immediately to preserve your claim for bodily injury.
Here are some things that you need to know:
First, do not give a statement of any kind to the other driver’s insurance company. This can only hurt your case and it cannot help you.
Second, if you are experiencing any symptoms that suggest an injury of any type, go see a doctor as soon as possible so that your injuries can be treated and documented. The longer you wait to seek medical treatment for your injuries the longer it will likely take for you to recover.
Third, do not worry about jeopardizing the other driver’s family or well-being. Except in incredibly rare situations, it is always the insurance companies who pay to compensate you. They have deep pockets, and they can afford it. Never feel bad or guilty about requesting fair compensation.
Lastly, do not settle your claim until you have, at the very least, consulted with an experienced personal injury attorney. A consult with a personal injury attorney at Kroll & Johnson, P.C. is free, so why not take advantage of it?
What is Personal Injury Protection (PIP)?
In Oregon, victims of auto accidents are entitled to benefits through their own auto insurance policies for up to a year after the date of the accident. However, steps must be taken in order to ensure that the benefits (such as compensation for wage loss) start flowing in a timely manner. Most importantly, victims of auto accidents frequently are in need of medical treatment, and the personal injury attorneys at Kroll & Johnson, P.C. can be of great assistance in ensuring that reasonable and necessary medical bills get paid for. Your auto insurance company must pay for reasonable and necessary medical treatment up to the limit of your PIP policy. The minimum PIP policy limit is $15,000 in Oregon. You may also be entitled to PIP benefits for replacement service, which means that your insurance company may have to pay someone to do a task that you were able to do prior to the auto accident but now cannot do for a period of time after the auto accident.
How we will fight to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve
The experienced personal injury attorneys at Kroll & Johnson, P.C. treat every case as if it is going to trial. This is because if the necessary steps are taken to prepare a case for trial, the case’s settlement value usually increases. If the defendant insurance company refuses to provide reasonable compensation to settle the case, then the personal injury attorneys at Kroll & Johnson, P.C. are poised to effectively litigate on your behalf. The auto accident lawyers at Kroll & Johnson, P.C. are not afraid to put in the hard work and effort that is necessary to successfully litigate a case and get the compensation you deserve.
Types of auto accident cases
The personal injury attorneys at Kroll & Johnson, P.C. can assist victims of the following types of auto accidents:
- Drunk driving
- Excessive speed
- Texting while driving
- Failure to yield
- Failure to follow traffic control devices
- Road hazards
- Failure to adjust to road conditions