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.

The Duty of Care, Modified Comparative Fault, and Auto Accidents

“Duty of care” refers to the responsibility of the parties in an auto accident have to observe all applicable laws. Drivers must obey the speed limit, road signs and signals, and stop at all crosswalks, for example. Pedestrians must use crosswalks, obey walk/don’t walk signals, and take care not to dash recklessly into traffic. In a personal injury case, the jury will assess how well each party observed the duty of care, and assign fault in accord with the laws in this state.

In a modified comparative fault state like Oregon, the jury assigns fault to all relevant parties as a percentage. You can recover damages as a claimant as long as your fault does not exceed 51 percent. In other states, these types of cases may be decided in a more all-or-nothing way. Seek out an experienced Oregon personal injury attorney, one who understands the system, and how to help people like you. Your health and peace of mind are too important to go it alone.

It is important to hire a personal injury attorney if you have been injured in an auto accident as a driver, or as a pedestrian. The statute of limitations in the state of Oregon for personal injury is two years. The longer you wait, the more challenging it will be to be made whole. There are many personal injury lawyers out there, but not all of them have your best interests in mind. You want to hire someone who will give you an honest assessment of your case, and let you know if you can recover financially something of what the accident has taken away. At Kroll & Johnson, we’ve been handling these types of cases for a long time. We would be happy to give you a free consultation if you have been injured in an accident. Call today for an appointment.

Your New Car May Be Your Biggest Distraction on the Road

Your New Car May Be Your Biggest Distraction on the Road

From navigation, to entertainment, streaming audio and video, social media, and our general necessity to be interconnected at all time, car manufactures are adding more tech bells and whistles to each new model.  Gone are the days of upgrading to an FM radio or tape deck.  Today’s cars provide a multimedia experience that are a potential danger to drivers, passengers, and pedestrians.  The access to information and entertainment at our finger tips integrated into our automobiles can lead to serious and deadly accidents at a rate that is quickly becoming one of the most dangerous scenarios on American roads and highways.

Technology has absolutely changed our lives in positive ways and many people we know would be lost navigating our modern world without it but we all have to stop and think about the consequences of using this technology irresponsibly or dangerously.  In a study publish by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, found that new interactive technology in new model cars can distract drivers for nearly 40 seconds at a time. The study also found that navigation systems drew driver attention away from the road for the longest intervals.  Not only is the correct function of these devices and systems distracting to drivers, but frustration from user error or poor functioning technology gave a significant increase to the driver’s cognitive ability to operate their vehicle safely.

According to AAA President and CEO, Marshall Doney:

“Some of the latest systems on the market now include functions unrelated to the core task of driving, like sending text messages, checking social media or surfing the web — tasks we have no business doing behind the wheel. Automakers should aim to reduce distractions by designing systems that are no more visually or mentally demanding than listening to the radio or an audiobook.”

Source: Is New Car Tech Driving You to Distraction? by Austin O’Connor, AARP, October 10, 2017


If this trend in auto manufacturing continues, anyone has a potential risk for injury from a distracted driver.  If you find yourself injured by a distracted driver, ensure you consult a qualified experienced attorney.  Don’t let another driver’s negligence cause you or your family undue harm and prolonged suffering.  Call the offices of Kroll & Johnson today and find out how we can fight on your behalf.

Most Common Injuries From Car Accidents

serious injuries can be the result of auto accidentsAlthough many serious injuries can stem from car accidents, certain ones are seen most often. Those injuries fall into two categories: impact injuries and penetrating injuries and can cause varying degrees of problems and long-term issues.

One of the most type of injury is damage to the body’s connective tissues, which includes the muscles, ligaments and tendons. Many people know the injuries commonly referred to as whiplash, which is injury to the neck and upper back, but these issues can occur in other parts of the body as well like in the back.

Another common injury is scrapes and cuts. If anything inside the vehicle becomes airborne in a crash, they can easily cause scrapes and cuts. Think of your coffee cup, cell phone, purse, laptop and bag and anything else that is not secured in your vehicle being jolted in ­an accident. These injuries may require no medical attention, but can require stitches or may result in loss of blood or worse. This can cause cuts and bruises on any part of the body, but especially the arms and legs.

Serious injuries to the head may be in the form of muscle strains in the neck and back, like whiplash, or may be in the form of a concussion. If the occupant’s head makes contact with a window or steering wheel, there may be more severe head caused to the head. Anything from scrapes and cuts to closed-head injuries can more seriously affect the brain in the long run.

Another commonly injured area is the chest. Especially in drivers involved in the crash, chest injuries can be the result of slamming up against the steering wheel or serious bruising where a seat belt holds the person in place during a crash.

If you or your loved one has suffered serious injuries in a car accident, call today to request your free initial consultation.


Understanding Oregon’s New Distracted Driving Law

distracted drivingLegislation passed in May takes effect this month, imposing stiff fines for anyone caught even holding their cell phones or other electronic devices while operating a motor vehicle. The new distracted driving laws were modified to close some loopholes from earlier legislation.

House Bill 2597 makes it so Oregon drivers may face fines of up to $2000 for using any “mobile electronic device” while on the road.

A first offense could trigger fines of $1000, but may be erased if the driver agrees to take a state-approved distracted driving avoidance class at their own expense.

Legislators have worked to close a gap in Oregon’s 2009 hands-free law that although it requires drivers to use a hands-free device to make phone calls and banned texting while driving, didn’t explicitly block users from playing games or program a navigation device when driving.

The revised law prohibits any drivers from holding or touching a phone or electronic device at all while operating a vehicle.

While a vehicle doesn’t need to be turned off to use a handheld device, it must be parked safely like on the side of the road or in a parking lot, not stopped at a traffic light. Additionally, a driver is not banned from using navigation, but can only use what’s referred to as a “one touch” action, so a driver may access a preprogrammed route or end navigation after he or she has found the way as long as they can do it with one touch.

There are few exceptions, like if there is an emergency, a drive may use their device to call 911, but only if there is no one else in the vehicle able to do so.

The penalties have drastically increased with an escalation for multiple offenses or seriousness of incidents. For examples if the driver is involved in a crash or has had a previous offense, he or she will be facing a higher fine and possible jail time due to the circumstances.

If you have been injured in a distracted driving crash, it is important to speak with an experienced Portland personal injury attorney. Call today for your free, initial consultation.