Pedestrian Accident Victim?

Pedestrian accidents like this one can be quite damaging for the victim. The weight and velocity usually means serious injuries. Given this, and accident that does not result in a fatality is a quite fortunate outcome indeed.

This particular victim was elderly, so a lengthy hospital stay is a possibility. With age, the human body does not recover from injury quite as quickly. If the woman still works, this could disrupt her income. The medical bills will certainly become prohibitive, especially if she does not work and is on a fixed income. One wonders if there was reckless driving in this particular incident, or some other discernible failure to drive defensively and responsibly.Even in a state like Oregon, where the jury assigns fault as a percentage to all the parties involved, it may be possible to recover damages. One has two years to make a personal injury claim. It actually becomes harder to make a claim stick the longer you wait. It’s not good to leave anything important to time and chance. Ed Kroll is ready and eager to help.

If you have been a pedestrian struck by a vehicle, you cannot depend on the other parties involved to give you back what the injuries have taken away. Life for others moves on, and your injuries are your reminder of what has taken place. Who is going to help you if you don’t have the means to simply move on? You need someone who can help you get what you deserve. If you have said to yourself, “I’m not trying to ruin anyone; I just need to get back to normal,” then you’re looking for a Portland personal injury attorney who has been making people whole for a long time. Compassion, real advocacy, and peace of mind. That’s what you get with Kroll and Johnson. Call today to get started with a free consultation.

Driver Arrested After Leaving Fatal Crash

A driver was arrested for leaving the scene of a fatal car crash, the Oregonian reports. Uriy Dudko, 20, killed Mitchell Vandoren, 25, when his SUV stalled and he stopped right in front Vandoren on a motorcycle. Vandoren died at the scene. Dudko was arrested after he fled the scene of the accident. He returned later to see the aftermath. When he did so, a Happy Valley police sergeant arrested him. He’s been specifically charged with failure to perform the duties of a driver to injured persons.

The charges could become more extensive if the investigation proves that there was intent behind the driver’s actions. More likely is some kind of civil action, perhaps for wrongful death, if this intent can be proved.

In any case, Dudko failed in his duty to the other driver, was arrested, and remains in jail.

Had he left and stayed away, he may not have been arrested. Perhaps Dudko’s curiosity got the best of him. Apparently he was visiting from Missouri.

It is imperative that drivers involved in accidents follow any instructions from the police or emergency medical personnel as precisely as possible. No one wants to be involved in an accident like this, but leaving the scene only complicates a very difficult situation. It is unclear what Dudko hoped to gain by leaving, and now at the very least, he must contend with the legal ramifications of failing to assist the other driver. As a party to an accident, the most important aspect is making sure you are alright. Secondly, after all this is done, you need to seek out legal representation, in case something from the accident needs to be litigated. Don’t be left flat-footed as the other party moves to secure its interests.

If you or someone you know has been injured because of someone else’s recklessness, don’t just try to pick up the pieces. Compensation for your injuries may be possible. An experienced Portland personal injury attorney can discuss your case with you and get you headed in the right direction. Ed Kroll and company have been assisting people like you for years. The consultation is free. Call now to set up an appointment.

Cayla Wilson, Crash Victim In 2010, Dies

Cayla Wilson, a young woman injured by an impaired driver, has died, the Oregonian reports. She had been struck on the way to a job as a 19-year-old expectant mother. It came to light that the perpetrator was high on methamphetamine, and driving with a suspended license. The man’s erratic, remorseless behavior was likely a factor in him receiving an 11 year sentence for the incident.

Cayla’s parents, Bill and Denise Wilson, faced numerous challenges as they attempted to care for their daughter, who had been in a persistent vegetative state and required around-the-clock care. They elected to sue the city of Portland and Clackamas County for failing to stop the perpetrator from driving with a suspended license. In that effort, they won a $9.3 million settlement.

Bill and Denise are now raising Cayla’s daughter, JaiKyla, now 7, who developed cerebral palsy as a result of being delivered by emergency C-section. With Cayla’s death, the case has now changed from a personal injury case to a wrongful death case. The Wilsons support the district attorney’s effort to charge the perpetrator with manslaughter. There is a hope that he will spend the rest of his life in prison as a result of these events.

As in a case like this, negligence can be criminal and completely life-altering. There is almost no way to quantify the emotional suffering the Wilsons have endured, to say nothing of the very concrete costs of caring for Cayla. You or someone you know may not be facing circumstances as challenging as these, but if you’ve been injured by someone else’s negligence, you need a personal injury attorney with the skills to help make you whole again. Kroll and Johnson have the skills and the passion to get it done. Don’t struggle on alone. Call today for a free consultation.

Two Pedestrians Struck In Car Crash

A man and a woman were injured as pedestrians when a car struck them, The Oregonian reports. The crash happened on Southeast Powell Boulevard Sunday morning at 2 AM. The man’s injuries were not described as life-threatening, but the woman’s injuries are life-threatening. A Chevrolet HHR struck them as they walked.

As you may know, Oregon is a modified comparative fault state, which means that juries assign fault to all parties in an accident as a percentage. You can collect damages as long as your fault does not exceed 51 percent. It is unclear whether these victims will be assigned any fault.

Accidents involving pedestrians are surely not as numerous as those involving two cars, but the injury and life disruption can be devastating indeed. Pain and suffering, as well as lost work time, can put a huge strain on the best-laid plans. You need a Portland personal injury attorney with experience in accidents involving pedestrians. The opposing lawyers will do everything they can to put the blame on you. Given the hardship of the whole thing, you need to know that your case at least is in good hands. The accident can’t be undone, and you can’t control what others will do or say. But you can put a proven winner on your team. Kroll & Johnson will fight for you, and what you deserve.

Don’t wait, or begin to think that it isn’t a big deal. Someone has been negligent, and you are facing the consequences. Perhaps you can’t work, and you can’t pay your bills. How are you going to move forward? Get the best advocate you can. We can’t control everything in life, but we can find partners in the courtroom who know how to get success for you. No one should go bankrupt because of what someone else did. Call Kroll & Johnson today for a free consultation about your personal injury case.

Winter’s Last Blast Creates Traffic Accidents

The first stirrings of the change of seasons can create wild weather. Many drivers simply drive the same way in inclement weather as they do in perfect conditions. Difficult conditions create congestion, and closer proximity presents opportunities for traffic accidents. It’s important to obey all traffic rules, reduce speed, and drive defensively. Even with all that, it’s still possible to be the victim of an accident.

It could even be a hit-and-run. Many people assume that nothing can be recovered in such a situation, but this is incorrect. It’s important to report the accident to law enforcement, and to your insurance company. Do not try to confront the perpetrator of a hit-and-run. It could be dangerous. Whether it’s a criminal offense, or simply an ordinary case of negligent driving, you need a personal injury attorney you can trust.

One of the aspects of a personal injury case that involves a traffic accident is called, “diminished value.” The re-sale value of a car involved in an auto accident declines. Obviously, buyers will not pay market value for such a car. “Diminished value” is the difference between this market value, and the present value after an accident. When choosing a personal injury attorney, it’s important to have an advocate who understands this, and can get you fair compensation. There could be little worse than being stuck without a vehicle, because you did not receive the true value of something. On top of pain and suffering, this would be extremely frustrating.

One of the practical steps you can take is to be calm, as much as possible. When something like this happens, we have a tendency to try to get everything back at once. Being made whole is a multi-stage process, and you can only do one thing at a time. The most important step is finding trustworthy advocates in court. Kroll & Johnson know what to do. Having them on your side is one less thing to worry about. Contact them today for a free consultation.

Fatal Car Crash Kills One, Injures Another

A fatal car crash at the intersection of Southeast 122nd Avenue and Southeast Stark Street has killed one and injured another, police report. The driver of a PT Cruiser was speeding north on Southeast 122nd Avenue when the driver slammed into a Jeep Grand Cherokee. The driver of the PT Cruiser was killed, while the other driver was admitted to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Police suspect that alcohol played a role in the crash.

Driving recklessly and possibly under the influence has taken a life, and altered another. The injured driver deserves some recompense, and he or she will need a top-notch Portland personal injury attorney to get it. No one anticipates this life disruption. You have a routine and a rhythm to your days, and then an accident changes everything. Besides repairs to your car, perhaps you have injuries. Maybe you can’t work, or at least not the way you did before. The medical bills are rolling in. If you’ve been in an accident, you’ll need help, and fast. Those who were at fault aren’t just going to knock on your door with a smile and a big check. When it’s time to find an advocate, consider Kroll & Johnson. Helping those injured in auto accidents is what they do. It’s not new to them. Waiting only makes things more difficult.

A car crash doesn’t have to define your life. Once you get a qualified personal injury attorney like Ed Kroll, you’re well on your way back to normal. Your life is waiting to be lived. The person injured in this accident probably never thought this late night trip would be so jarring. All you can do is go forward. Go forward with an attorney you can trust. Kroll & Johnson have 2 offices to serve you. The consultation is free.

Interstate 5 Expansion Under Discussion

Citizens of Portland weighed in on Interstate Highway 5 expansion Thursday, as well as on proposed changes to regulations governing building height in the city’s central core. All the matters under discussion highlight the difficult balancing act of living in a modern city like Portland. Aesthetics, safety, economic development, and the need for more housing are a few of the topics and legitimate concerns given voice at the meeting.

Highway expansion likely means higher driving speeds on longer stretches of road in our community. Higher speeds means more auto accidents. More accidents means injuries, and those injuries will increase the need for good personal injury attorneys. Most people would say that a more prosperous and vibrant city is worth taking a chance on. As the article indicates, city leaders are planning long-term. Commuting is often a part of economic development, and obviously part of professional success for most people. So not driving is out of the question for most of us.

We’d all like to think well of our fellow citizens, even in regard to conscientious and safe driving. We can imagine perhaps what it would be like if every driver used best practices, whether in speed, tactics, or simply in reacting to other drivers. But if you’ve been hurt in an accident, what ought to happen gives way to what has happened. In addition to doing your best not to let the accident get you down, you’ve got to get the best representation you can. Especially if you believe the accident is someone else’s fault. The only thing worse than being in an accident is getting taken to the cleaners afterward. Kroll & Johnson won’t let it happen. They’ll look out for your interests before their own. If you don’t win, they don’t cash in. Let them get you back on the highway, and back to life. Call for a free consultation today.

Holidays And Drunk Driving

Drunk driving continues to occur, despite a decline especially in fatalities since the 1980s. But despite police crackdowns, increased awareness, and social stigma, some people choose to drive drunk. If you’re another motorist, you can only do so much, in terms of defensive driving, and other wise habits. You’ve become the victim of a drunk driver. You might be wondering how to put things together again after this accident. Someone else made the choice, now you are paying the price. Aside from the pain, and perhaps an inability to work, there’s an immense frustration. Does anyone understand what you’re feeling?

Ed Kroll & Justin Johnson have been helping people in personal injury cases just like yours for a long time. They know how you feel, and more importantly, they know how to make it right. Don’t leave your future and that of your family in the hands of another less-qualified Portland personal injury attorney. You don’t need the injustice of the accident to be compounded by the injustice of a bad result. Insurance companies and the one at fault want things to be as quick and painless as possible. Let’s just say you deserve better. Get yourself an advocate who won’t stop fighting until you get what you deserve.

No one wants the wonderful holiday season interrupted by an auto accident, much less by a drunk driver. The past can’t be undone, but you can find the best personal injury attorney possible. They’re affordable, tenacious, and compassionate. Of all the things you could worry about, your case will not be one of them. A free consultation with Kroll & Johnson may be what you need to get a jump on better things for the new year. Give yourself the gift of peace of mind. At least you’ll know that whatever happens, you’re not alone.

Truck Accidents Are Serious And Common

Truck accidents are all too common. As you may know, the mass and speed of a commercial truck tends to make injuries in these types of accidents more severe. Numerous reasons for these truck accidents can be found. Negligence, bad equipment, bad practices, and risky conditions due to weather are some of the reasons these crashes occur.  When you seek out a truck accident attorney, you’ll want one with experience, one who knows that fault should be established early.

As with any accident, it’s important to get representation as soon as possible. Other parties in your case, like the driver’s insurance company, will be working from the start to deny you fair compensation for your injuries. Time is money, and they know it. You need a truck accident attorney who knows it, too. Kroll and Johnson know this, and they’ll move quickly to help you set things right after a truck accident.

Perhaps a wider conversation about safety, traffic patterns, and commercial activity needs to be had. But that won’t be of immediate help to someone suffering because of an accident. If you are such a person, the trouble is neither abstract, nor theoretical. You need concrete help now. Ed Kroll and Justin Johnson are no-nonsense guys who know how to get it done.

Truck accidents can impact anyone, from an average Joe, to Portland Trail Blazers star Evan Turner. You want an attorney who will fight for you, no matter who you are. If you’re looking for a Portland truck accident attorney, consider Kroll & Johnson. They advocate for fairness and justice in truck accidents for people like you, and they’ve done it for a long time. There’s no risk in a free consultation. And who knows? You might find the advocate and partner you really need. Don’t let the pain and misfortune of an accident define you. Call today!

Injured In An Auto Accident?

Nearly forty fatal auto accidents took place in the Portland area in 2017. Reasons are various, from reckless driving, negligent driving, driving under the influence, and other causes. We never know when we could be the victim of an auto accident. Fortunately, most are not fatal. Still, there are costs: physical, financial, and emotional. Knowing that there are experienced, skilled, and compassionate personal injury attorneys in the Portland area is at least one less thing to worry about. Kroll and Johnson are the personal injury attorneys you need.

You want to know that the fees are reasonable. You want to know that the people you hire can do the job. There could be no end of questions. No one knows what’s around the next corner, but we make the best choices we can with what’s in front of us. Choosing the right personal injury attorney is one of those choices we can make to take control again. No one likes to feel that life is simply happening to them. Ed Kroll and Justin Johnson know that feeling. They know what their clients want and need. They’re ready to be your partner in getting back to making life happen, instead of life happening to you.

Kroll & Johnson have 2 offices to serve you. Call today for a free consultation.