Aggressive Representation For Auto Accident Victims
Although drivers are required to exercise reasonable care behind the wheel, many accidents are caused by drivers’ failure to abide by traffic laws or otherwise exercise poor judgment. If a careless driver has caused an accident that resulted in your injury, you deserve compensation for your damages.
With decades of collective experience, the attorneys at Usera & Snow, P. C. represent Oregon accident victims in a range of motor vehicle injury claims. We possess the knowledge and legal skill to handle even the most complex auto accident cases. We are genuinely committed to helping our clients receive full and fair compensation for all physical, emotional and financial harms. We will fight aggressively on your behalf throughout your case.
The Types Of Accident Cases We Represent
Usera & Snow, P. C. represents a full range of motor vehicle accidents. Examples include:
- Car crashes: We represent clients injured by drivers who caused an accident because they were distracted by their phone or radio, drunk driving, speeding or any number of other negligent actions. We also represent pedestrians hit by drivers.
- Trucking accidents: When these collisions occur, the disparity in size and weight between a small car and a large semi truck puts the car driver in a very vulnerable position and often results in more serious accidents and injuries than a typical accident. With federal regulations and multiple parties involved, litigating against trucking corporations requires an experienced attorney.
- Motorcycle crashes: Even when wearing the necessary helmet and protective clothing, a motorcyclist can be seriously injured in an accident with a car or truck. At high speeds, these injuries can be life-threatening and permanent.
- Bicycle collisions: Fully exposed to other vehicles and less equipped to negotiate road hazards, bicyclists are especially vulnerable on public roads; and unfortunately, auto drivers often do not respect bicyclists’ equal right to use the road, or simply fail to look out for bike riders.
- Drunk driving accidents: Too often, drivers get behind the wheel after drinking and still cause many of the most serious accidents on the road.
- Pedestrian accidents: Being hit by a motor vehicle is a frightening experience and the potential for catastrophic injury is great. Pedestrians are commonly injured when drivers fail to yield to pedestrians in crosswalks, attempt to pass another vehicle that has stopped for a crossing pedestrian, roll through stop signs and make unsafe U-turns.
No matter which of these scenarios describes your situation, our experienced team is ready to help you recover your damages and help you put your accident behind you.
What You Should Know About Auto Accidents
Our clients come to us with many questions about their accidents and we try to answer them in a clear, concise manner. Below are examples of questions we hear from clients and our answers that may be helpful for you moving forward.
What should I do after a car accident?
Your first concern is your safety and health. If you have serious injuries, seek immediate medical help. If you can wait, however, you should do the following at the accident scene:
- Report the accident to the police, but do not admit fault or apologize to anyone
- Gather evidence regarding the other driver’s contact information, license plate and insurance information
- Collect the names and phone numbers for any witnesses
- Take as many photos of the scene and your injuries as possible
- Report the accident to your insurance company
Finally, contact our office. The sooner we begin working on your case, the more evidence we may be able to locate.
If the insurance company offered me money, why do I need a lawyer?
Remember that the insurance company is a business with a bottom line. Their goal is to pay as little as possible on your claim. They often make a low offer right after an accident in the hopes that the injured party will accept the claim, thus giving up any right to further recovery when they discover the true extent of their injuries. Our experienced lawyers will help you determine the true value of your case.
Do I have to go to the doctor even if my injury is minor?
If you were injured in a car accident, always seek medical attention. A seemingly minor injury at the time of the accident can develop into a serious condition over time. Appropriate medical care is important for your recovery and it strengthens your claim. Failing to seek medical care or follow recommendations can cast doubt upon the severity of your injuries.
If you have more questions about your own accident, please contact our office to schedule a free consultation.
Understanding The Extent Of Your Injuries
While some vehicle collisions are minor with no injuries involved, many accidents produce tragic results. Death, traumatic brain injury and permanent disability are all potential consequences of a serious car crash, even with the safety precautions of seat belts and air bags. These injuries can affect your life long into the future.
We understand the ramifications of a serious accident-related injury on your personal life and your financial security. Our experienced trial attorneys have a keen understanding of underlying medical issues, vehicle mechanics and common defense practices used by insurance companies. This experience enables us to devise effective negotiation and trial strategies, ultimately helping you receive the maximum amount of damages to which you are entitled.