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.

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.

Dog Bites And Animal Attacks

Most people love their pets and can’t imagine their beloved animals causing injury. They treat them as part of the family, but according to the Centers for Disease Control, more than 4.5 million people suffer dog bites yearly.  Some of those may be neighbors and friends visiting where an animal lives. Sadly, if a dog or other animal attacks, the victim may have lifelong injuries. In that case, it is imperative to speak with an Oregon injury attorney to discuss your situation.

According to the CDC, approximately one in every five of those bites become infected. Those bites can cause pain, injury, nerve damage and may place the victim at a risk for illness or in some cases, death.

Young children are often the victims and in the worst cases, they are seriously injured or killed.  The emotional toll such an attack can have on a victim can be astronomical not to mention the monetary costs associated with such attacks.

In Oregon, the “one bite” rule applies when it comes to legal liability for dog bites. Under this rule, the owner or responsible person for the dog is only liable if they were aware the dog was potentially dangerous. If a dog has bitten a person before, they will be held liable.

Potentially dangerous dogs may bark or bother a person not on its property, physically injure a person or kill or harm a domestic animal not on its own property.

If an owner has previous knowledge their dog was dangerous, had harassed or previously bitten someone, etc., the owner may face negligence charges.

If you have been injured by a dog or another pet, you must bring a lawsuit within two years from the injury or it likely will be dismissed.

It is imperative to speak with an Oregon injury attorney if a dog or another type of pet has attacked you or your loved one as soon as possible. We can help you fight to recover compensation you deserve.

Distracted Driving Fines To Increase With New Law

When a new law takes effect this fall, drivers will face more restrictions aimed at decreasing distracted driving as well as stiffer penalties in an effort to force a downward number of distracted driving accidents. Let’s take a look at the new penalties.

For a first offense, the violation will be considered a Class B violation as long as the offense didn’t contribute to a crash. Many in this situation will be faced with a $260 fine with a minimum fine of $130 and a maximum of $1000. After January 1, the court may suspend the fine if the driver completes an approved distracted driving avoidance course and shows proof to the court within four months.

Although the fine will be suspended, the violation will still be recorded on the driver’s driving record.

If a first offense resulted or contributed to a crash, the violator could get a Class A violation. This comes with a presumptive fine of $435, but a minimum of $220 and a maximum of $2,500. This fine would also be in place should a driver have a second offense.

For a third offense within 10 years, a driver would be facing a Class B misdemeanor, with a minimum fine of $2,000 and up to six months in jail.

The previous law had an expected fine of $160 and did not have increased fines for repeat offenders or those involved in more serious, or even deadly crashes.

Distracted driving is a national problem that has continued to grow and affect people’s lives. If you or a loved one has suffered serious injury in any distracted driving accident, we are here to help. We can fight on your behalf to obtain the compensation you deserve. Call today to set up your free consultation.

Take Steps To Prevent Serious Injuries In A Car Accident

Car accidents happen every day and while many are not serious some do leave those involved with serious injuries that have lingering effects. Certain factors tend to result in worse injuries than others. You can help lessen possible injuries should you get in a car accident by keeping in mind some of the biggest factors affecting the extent of injuries.

Seat Belts

According to the Centers for Disease Control more than half of teens 13-19 and adults 20-44 who died in crashes in 2015 were unrestrained at the time of their crash. Men are statistically less likely than women to wear seatbelts, and young adults aged 18-24 were least likely to wear a seatbelt when driving.  Seat belts reduce serious crash-related deaths and injuries by nearly half and it is estimated seat belts saved nearly 14,000 lives in 2015 alone.

Direction of Occupant

Just by being properly restrained and facing straight ahead, the vehicle and seatbelt will be better designed to protect the passenger in a crash than if a passenger is turned in another direction.

Also more research has shown rear-facing children in their age appropriate car seats for longer times can help protect their delicate, growing bodies should they be involved in a crash.

Speed Of Crash

Obviously, the higher the speed the more likely for a more serious crash. Following posted speed limits when driving is important to keeping your loved ones safe.

Airbags

Airbags can offer another layer of protection should they be used properly. For adults, they can help cushion a passenger in a high-speed crash. In children, however, they can dangerous or even fatal. It is best to ride with children in the back seat of a vehicle and away from any airbags that could deploy.

If you or a loved one has suffered serious injuries in any motor vehicle accident, it is important to speak with an experienced and compassionate Oregon car accident attorney who can help. Call today for your free, initial consultation.

Key Points Of New Distracted Driving Legislation

distracted drivingA new distracted driving legislation has been passed and set to take effect October 1 for all drivers on the road in Oregon. As the distracted driving crashes, injuries and deaths continue to rise nationwide, legislators have aimed to cut down the root of many of those accidents.

So what does this new law do? The short answer is the new law makes it illegal to drive while holding or using any electronic device.

The long answer, as with many things, is that it is not that simple. There are many exceptions, but less than before.

A driver 18 years old or older may operate any hands-free or built-in device in the vehicle. They may use a single touch or swipe to activate or deactivate the device or function. It is not legal to use the device while stopped at any stoplight or traffic signal. The driver must pull over to the side of the road or a place like a parking lot to legally operate their electronic device.

The biggest exception to those parameters is for use when there an emergency. If emergency services and help need to be called, a driver can operate a phone if no one else in the vehicle is able to call for help.

Ambulance and emergency vehicle operators as well as police, fire or EMS providers are exempt when they are performing their job and as it relates to their emergency response.

HAM radio operators 18 years and older are also exempt. Truck or bus drivers have to follow federal rules for CDL holders.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a distracted driving accident, it is important to call compassionate and experienced distracted driving attorneys who can fight on your behalf to get you the compensation you deserve. Call today for your free consultation.

Car Seat Law Updated

A new law signed in May replaces a previous car seat law regarding young children in rear-facing car seats. With the new law, young children must be rear-facing in their car seat until they turn two-years-old, matching the American Academy of Pediatrics’ current guidelines.

A previous law only required children to rear face until age one or when they weighed at least 20 pounds. The new measure, House bill 3404, makes it illegal to turn a child under two around. The new measure was signed into law May 25.

Recent studies have shown that rear-facing a young child can help to more evenly distribute the force of a crash on a child’s head and neck and helps keep their heads and necks even with their spine because the force from a crash pushes a child against the seat instead of propelling them forward.

Car crashes are the leading cause of death in children. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, restraining children in rear seats reduces fatal injuries by nearly 75 percent for children up to 3 and nearly half for those aged 4 to 8.

In Oregon, those seven or younger or 40 pounds or less must be in a child restraint. Any child 4 foot 9 inches or less must be in a booster seat.

To sit with an adult seat belt, a child must be at least between 8 years old and 15 years old and taller than 4-foot-9 inches.

If you or a loved one has suffered serious injuries in any type of motor vehicle crash, it is crucial to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney. We can help you fight for the compensation you deserve.

Legislation Being Considered To Use Textalyzer After Crash

Legislation being considered in New York would give authorities the ability to check a driver’s phone for signs of distraction following any accident and impose fines to those who refuse using what some refer to as a textalyzer.

A bill being considered would authorize the use of a textalyzer device that could analyze a driver’s phone after any accident.

Law enforcement would be allowed to analyze anyone’s phone who had been in any accident. Anyone who refused would face fines like facing fines for refusing a breathalyzer. The idea is an officer could generate a report analyzing if the driver was using their phone at all around the time of the accident and if they were, whether they were using their device hands on, or hands free.

The proposed law would be known as Evan’s law, named for a 19-year-old killed in a car accident that was later found to be because of distracted driving. The driver of the car he had been riding in was texting and driving, but it was months before that was known. Police could check his phone at the time because they needed a warrant to do so.

Officials across the country have been considering measures to cut down on the number of distracted driving accidents and fatalities.

Some privacy advocates have voiced concern over such a law. Many cite the fact that most phones contain a wealth of private and personal information and handing it over would give access to all that our phone contains.

If you were seriously injured in a distracted driving accident, it is crucial to speak with our experienced distracted driving attorneys. Call today for your free, initial consultation.

How An Experienced Portland Injury Personal Injury Lawyers Can Help You

When most people start a personal injury case, a common thing they want to know is how long the case will take. The reality is there is no set time for cases. Some cases may move quickly and be over before you know it. Others may be very complicated dragging on for years. However, working with experienced Portland personal injury lawyers can help make sure you get the compensation you deserve.

While this can be quite frustrating, we will be there every step of the way as your advocate. Our experienced team of experienced Portland personal injury lawyers will fight on your behalf to get you the compensation you deserve.

Recovering compensation for a seriously injured person can be very difficult even when it is clearly another party’s fault, but it can also be crucial in providing for the injured person.

Some people wrongly assume the insurance company will give them fair compensation and will work to resolve the claim quickly, but claims can get denied on technicalities or insurance companies can employ strategies to delay settling a claim. Sometimes it is strategic on the insurance company’s part in an effort to get the injured party to accept less than they should. They can prey on someone’s desperation to have an answer and get their bills paid since an injured person is often both off of work due to the injury at the same time as racking up thousands and sometimes more in medical care.

By working with experienced Portland personal injury lawyers, you will have someone on your side fighting for your rights and making sure you are treated fairly. We work to make sure both your damages and expenses are fully covered as well as the party or parties at fault are held responsible.

If you have been injured in an accident, your experienced Portland personal injury lawyers can get you the money you deserve. Call Kroll & Johnson today for your free initial consultation.