Our client in this dramatic pedestrian hit-and-run case was reported to have “flown through the air” after being hit by a driver on the roadway where he was walking. The driver sped off after the accident occurred. In the meantime, our client was transported by ambulance from the accident site to a local hospital, where he was admitted into intensive care. He had suffered serious injuries including a ruptured spleen, renal injuries, rib fractures, and multiple contusions and abrasions. He was discharged five days later.
Two months after being released from the hospital, our client began to experience headaches. He was also experiencing continued pain in his middle to lower back. He sought treatment for what was diagnosed as high blood pressure in several emergency rooms over the next month. Between his emergency room visits, his frequent scans and blood tests, and the consultations he had to do with a cardiologist specialist, our client’s medical bills were through the roof and he did not know how to proceed.
This injured pedestrian had heard of our Oregon personal injury law firm‘s reputation for diligent work on behalf of injured people throughout the state of Oregon. This is the main reason why he contacted the personal injury team at Dwyer Williams Potter Accident Injury Lawyers and hired us to represent him.
Once retained as counsel, we were able to establish a PIP claim with the at fault driver’s insurance company and that got all of our client’s medical bills paid. Our client was fairly compensated for the pain, suffering, and disruption to his life that their irresponsible insured driver has caused.
Our client in this premises liability injury case was injured while a visiting her sister’s apartment complex. Late in the evening, our client went to retrieve some overnight items from her car in the apartment complex’s he apartment complex had hired a company to trim some of the tree limbs around the complex and the workers failed to properly clean up afterward. Our client did not see the loose tree limbs on the ground until it was too late: she stepped on one, fell, and was badly injured.
Our client was not insured at the time of the accident, but she went to the hospital anyway to get medical attention. Not knowing how to address her medical bill issue, she contacted the Portland Oregon slip and fall attorneys at Dwyer Williams Potter and asked us to represent her. Our dedicated premises liability attorneys learned that the apartment complex had no-fault medical insurance on the property. The complex’s insurer immediately paid our client its medical limits. Next, we contacted our client’s various medical providers and agreed to pay them out of the proceeds of the settlement for continuing to treat our client.
In the end, our client was able to get the treatment that she needed and to make a full recovery from her accident-related injuries. After she had fully recovered, we settled her case for a fair value. We were all thoroughly pleased with this result.
Our client was visiting Oregon on an interstate road-trip when he was severely injured. He was driving through a Portland intersection and he had the right of way, when another motorist suddenly drove straight into the side of his car. This high-speed intersection collision left our tourist client with severe injuries that required treatment in Oregon then again in several other states on his drive back home.
Back in his home state a few weeks after the collision, this Oregon auto accident injury victim was unsure how to make his claim. , He called our experienced Portland injury lawyers to represent him for the claims that he had to file in our state.
Once on the job, our dedicated and tough attorneys quickly got to work collecting this client’s medical records and bills. We went over the details of our client’s case with him in fine detail before sending out a demand package. After several rounds of negotiations, this case settled for a fair value and our client was able to move on with his life, leaving this complicated legal matter behind him.
Recent news coverage in Portland and across the state of Oregon has shined a spotlight on an important roadway safety issue that we would like to address from a legal perspective. Almost every week, articles and televised broadcasts cover yet more Oregon auto accidents in which driver fatigue is a crash contributor. If it isn’t already, this should be an issue of concern to Portland drivers, bikers, and pedestrians alike.
Several months ago Portland newspapers and radio stations were tuned in to a transport union’s contract bargaining dispute in which distracted driving was a significant issue. At that time, local activists and an organization called Oregonians for Safe Transit had started a campaign to raise awareness of bus driver overtime practices that were leaving drivers fatigued and endangering those who might come into contact with their vehicles. Oregonians for Safe Transit issued a report that described how Portland bus drivers were working up to 22 consecutive hours and – not surprisingly – falling asleep on the job.
United States Federal law applies to interstate train operators, but not to bus or train operators who work within the boundaries of one state. Unlike Portland’s bus drivers, train operators are required to take a minimum of seven hours off in between shifts. This rule is in place to guarantee that train operators can get the rest that they need in between shifts in order to do their jobs properly and safely. The Portland drivers who were the focus of the organizing campaign this winter were not allowed to work for more than 17 hours without a break, but they also weren’t guaranteed any specific period of time off between shifts.
Driver fatigue is not only an issue for bus drivers – it is a real problem for everyday commuters. In a recent report issued by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (USCDC), 1 out of 24 U.S. drivers self-reported falling asleep while driving in the previous month. This study highlights an issue that affects drivers throughout the United States and which is well-documented in Oregon. According to the Oregon Department of Transportation’s most recent Motor Vehicle Traffic Crash Data publication, last year 8 percent of all motor vehicle crashes in the state of Oregon involved exhausted drivers.
If you or someone you love has been injured in a motor vehicle accident and you believe that fatigue was a factor leading to your injuries, contact a Portland auto accident lawyer right away. The compassionate, dedicated, and experienced attorneys at Dwyer Williams Potter Personal Injury Attorneys LLP would be happy to investigate your auto accident injury claim. Call us today for a free consultation at 888-700-4337.