Can a Pedestrian Accident Lawyer in Portland, OR Help Me?
At Zbinden & Curtis, our Portland pedestrian injury attorneys understand how important this question is to accident victims. We hope the following questions and answers will show you how our law firm can make a difference if you or a loved one was injured or a loved one was killed in a pedestrian accident. We know that pedestrians are vulnerable. A car accident can result in catastrophic and even fatal injuries to joggers, walkers and others who are using a street or sidewalk. Unfortunately, accidents involving pedestrians and larger cars and trucks are all-too-common in Portland and throughout Oregon.
Please read the following common questions about pedestrian accidents in Portland, Woodburn and throughout Oregon. If you have additional questions, don't hesitate to contact us today at (503) 287-5000 for a free case consultation.
A: You're not required to hire an attorney after a pedestrian accident. But pursuing a claim without the assistance of a lawyer could dramatically reduce your chances of receiving the compensation you need - and deserve - for an accident. Negligent parties need to be held responsible for their actions. Perhaps the driver of a car or truck was drunk. Maybe he or she was texting while driving or simply not paying attention to speed limits or stop signs. While it may be clear to you that the driver was negligent, insurance companies may try to minimize the liability of the driver. They want to keep your payments at a minimum or may even deny your claim and say you caused the accident. That's not right. An aggressive, results-driven attorney knows how to negotiate with these insurance companies to secure the full compensation.
A: The monetary compensation an injured individual may be entitled to receive in a pedestrian accident case depends on the specific circumstances. No two accidents are exactly the same. Victims have different backgrounds and needs. Depending on the scope and severity of an injury, a pedestrian accident victim may be able to pursue damages for medical expenses, cost of future medical care, compensation for lost wages and loss of future earning capacity. Other damages may include pain, suffering and emotional distress, and, in rare cases, punitive damages, which are meant to punish drivers who acted with gross negligence or malicious intent. Contact us to tell us about your specific situation.
A: Injury victims still have a right to pursue compensation for their pedestrian accident - even if they share fault in the accident. Oregon is a modified comparative fault state. Injury victims can recover if up to 50% responsible for the accident. For example, if a pedestrian was found to have been 25% percent responsible for an accident, their claim would be reduced by 25%. However, if a pedestrian was ruled by the insurance company to have been more than 51% at fault, their right to file a claim could be denied.
You don't pay us unless we win your case. As contingency fee lawyers, we require no payment until we obtain a favorable verdict or settlement. We believe this arrangement is best for pedestrians who were injured or families who lost loved ones in accidents. You don't have to be rich or go into debt to hire a highly skilled legal professional. If you or someone you know has been injured, contact an experienced attorney with our firm today. Call Zbinden & Curtis at (503) 287-5000. Your personal injury consultation is free and confidential.