n a single instant, a major car accident can push your entire life off course and leave you with long-term injuries. When you’ve been involved in a traumatic crash, our Clackamas auto accident lawyers can help you pursue a legal claim against the negligent party. With over four decades of legal experience and a passion for serving our community, The Gatti Law Firm is ready to help you secure proper compensation for your accident injuries.
Put your mind at ease for the future. Schedule your free initial consultation with our team when you call (503) 543-1114 today.
What Causes Car Accidents?
From distracted driving to bad weather, there are any number of reasons why you might get into a severe automobile crash – and any number of vehicle types that could cause you to sustain life-threatening injuries. Despite better car safety features and decreased accident rates in recent years, auto accidents continue to cause a shocking number of fatalities,
Once you’ve been involved in a crash, your first step should always be to use emergency services or visit a medical care provider as soon as possible. After that, it’s critical to discuss your case with a qualified lawyer, particularly if you believe the other driver was at fault.
Here are some of the most common causes of car driver negligence:
- Texting and talking on the phone
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Failure to secure loose items
- Breaking traffic laws
- Failure to properly maintain the vehicle
- Road rage
- Failure to signal a lane change
- Eating or engaging in other distractions
Although all of the behaviors above are illegal, careless, or a combination of both attributes, drivers still choose to persist in unsafe driving every day across America. In Oregon, car accident fatalities have actually slowly increased in recent years, with 2016 bearing witness to an 8.88% crash rate increase.
When Should I Hire an Attorney for a Car Accident?
When it comes to dealing with the insurance company after a car accident, you should not try to do this alone. The other party is experienced at attempting to minimize your claim and will seek to offer the lowest possible settlement.
It is important to hire an experienced personal injury attorney immediately after the accident. Your attorney can assist with the investigation and provide you with guidance on how to handle the opposing party. Once you enlist the help of a law firm, they will handle communication with the insurance company and any other party involved. Overall, working with an attorney from the start can help increase the compensation you are entitled to receive.
Seeking Recovery for Your Crash Damages
After you’ve reached a stable medical condition, you’ll need to either file an insurance claim with your provider or discuss your case with a qualified personal injury lawyer. Because Oregon is a modified comparative negligence state, you can still bring a lawsuit even if you were partially responsible for the accident: However, your damages will be adjusted based on your percentage of blame.
At The Gatti Law Firm, we can provide tailored legal strategies to help you secure recovery for medical bills, lost wages, car damage, pain and suffering, and other losses. Dedicated to each of our clients, we’ll go the extra mile to investigate your case and give you a transparent understanding of your options.
Contact us today at (503) 543-1114 for more information.