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Salem Car Accident Attorney

Representing Car Accident Victims in Northwest Oregon

A car accident may leave you injured, bewildered, and in dire financial straits. The personal injury laws of Oregon exist to protect the rights of innocent drivers and pedestrians. At the law firm of Elmer & Brunot, PC, we have been protecting clients' rights for more than 40 years.

Clients throughout Oregon's Willamette Valley seek our help in getting the financial compensation they deserve after a car collision. Whether you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a fatal accident, our personal injury attorneys will pursue a settlement or award that protects your family's legal rights.

Do I Have a Case?

Speaking with our Salem car accident attorneys about your situation is the first step in filing a claim for compensation.

You may have a personal injury claim if you were injured in an accident involved in any of the following:

  • Cars
  • Semi-trucks
  • Motorcycles
  • Bicycles
  • Pedestrians

With the attorneys at Elmer & Brunot, PC, protecting your interests, insurance companies are far more likely to negotiate in good faith.

Oregon Car Insurance Requirements

The state of Oregon is one of only 12 states that has a no-fault car insurance policy. A no-fault insurance policy covers your own injuries and damages rather than insuring to pay out the other person. Also known as Personal Injury Protection, or PIP, according to Oregon insurance requirements your insurance company is required to cover the cost of your medical bills, lost wages, medications, and in-home assistance care while you recover from injuries sustained in a car accident.

No-fault PIP insurance carriers will only cover costs they deem reasonable and necessary, within the first year following the accident, and up to your policy limit. Most people have a standard $15,000 coverage, but some carry more. If your insurance carrier does not believe the medical bill you submit is related to your car accident injury, they will deny coverage.

Insurance Companies Are Not Always on Your Side

Insurance companies, their claims adjusters, and their attorneys have one objective: minimize their company's exposure. Their only goal is to settle for the least amount of money possible. Regardless of the severity of your injury, they will want to settle your case quickly and cheaply.

We advise our clients to be cautious when making statements to insurance companies. Since any information you give the insurance company may harm your case at a later date, it is best to avoid making any statements. Our lawyers will always take the time to review your case and suggest options moving forward.

Common Types of Car Accident Injuries

Car accidents can cause countless injuries and no two accidents are the same. But there are some injuries that statistically are more common than others. These include:

  • Whiplash and neck injuries
  • Spinal cord and back injuries
  • Concussion and head injuries
  • Joint injuries
  • PTSD and anxiety

Not all injuries are immediately visible after an accident, so it's important to get medical attention. If you are not examined at the scene of the accident, make sure to go see a doctor as soon as possible. It's not uncommon for symptoms of a concussion or anxiety to manifest in the days or even weeks after an accident. Getting a medical examination is a critical part of your injury case and an experience Salem car accident attorney will help you keep track of any costs that are associated with seeing medical professionals. All costs of your care will be taken into consideration for your final settlement amount.

Compensation for Pain and Suffering

One factor to consider for your Salem car accident claim is your emotional, physical, and psychological pain and suffering. Injuries such as broken bones, bruises, and lacerations come with medical costs that are simple to prove with bills and receipts. But what counts as pain and suffering? Any of the following symptoms and more can and should be considered when determining the value of your claim:

  • Emotional distress
  • Depression and/or anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Feelings of shame and humiliation
  • Loss of consortium
  • Physical limitations as a result of your injuries
  • Pain or discomfort, whether permanent or temporary

Types of Car Accidents

There are so many different types of car accidents and no two accident is the same, but there are some common types of car accidents in Oregon. We commonly see the following different types of car accident cases:

  • Drunk driving accidents. In 2018, there were 506 total car accident fatalities in Oregon, 153 of which were due to a drunk driving accident.
  • Rear-end collisions. This type of accident often results in head and neck injuries, such as whiplash and concussions.
  • Accidents caused by a distracted driver. This is perhaps the most common type of accident, nationwide. Being distracted while driving, by a cell phone or otherwise, is incredibly dangerous.

Get the Settlement You Deserve

Insurance companies often discourage potential claimants from seeking an attorney by suggesting that the process is easy and that they have offered them all of the money possible. When you retain an attorney, you immediately balance the scales.

If you are the victim of a negligent driver in Oregon, you may be entitled to compensation. Between the time you have lost at work, the limitations on your life from the injury, and the negligence of the other driver, you may have a substantial personal injury case.

To see if you have a case, contact our law firm to schedule a free consultation. Call us today at 503.563.7035.

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