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Motorcyclist Receives Settlement After Being Knocked Over

A motorcyclist client was injured when his bike fell on top of him in a Portland roadway accident.  He noticed that his bike wasn’t working when he was preparing to leave work: the bike wouldn’t start, so instead of riding it home he had to push it home in the bicycle lane.  Unfortunately, a passing motorist drove too close to our client and hit him.  Our client fell and his motorcycle fell on top of him, crushing his leg. He sought immediate medical treatment for his accident-related injuries following this incident.

Our client decided to hire an attorney to represent him in this matter because his injuries persisted after he had completed the treatment recommended by his physician.  He called Dwyer Williams Potter, knowing our reputation for excellence.  Our experienced motorcycle accident injury attorneys quickly learned that our client’s doctors had recommended further treatment, but that they had failed to properly communicated this to him.  Our client returned to his medical provider to receive this further recommended treatment, which eventually helped him to completely recover from his accident-related injuries.

After several rounds of negotiation with the insurance companies in this matter, our client was offered a fair settlement that covered all of his accident-related injury expenses.  He was happy with his settlement as well as with his decision to retain the Portland motorcycle accident injury attorneys at Dwyer Williams Potter to represent him in this motorcycle accident case.

Auto Accident Insurance Settlement Reached for Elderly Injured Driver

Dwyer Williams Potter Personal Injury Attorneys just finished negotiating a generous settlement on behalf of an elderly client who was seriously injured in a car collision in late 2011. This gentleman client was traveling in the left lane of a large boulevard, obeying all traffic laws, when another driver pulled directly into our client’s lane of traffic without checking for any oncoming traffic and hit him.  Our client’s car was totaled and he sustained immediate and serious injuries.  Police immediately responded to the scene and cited the adverse driver for a Failure to Yield When Entering a Roadway; there was no question of fault in this case.

Our client was taken to the closest hospital by ambulance directly from the scene of the crash.  X-rays, CT scans, and a physician’s examination revealed fractures to his chest and left arm, some of which required immediate surgery.  Per his doctor’s directions, our client continued treatment with a primary care provider after surgery.  For two months following the accident, it was difficult for him to move and he could only sleep in an upright chair.  He couldn’t perform mundane household duties and for one year he had to hire friends to clean his home and property.  Over time, as our client regained mobility, he also noticed pain in his lower back with sensations of pins and needles down his right leg.

Due to the seriousness of his injuries, our client’s accident-related medical bills reached almost $70,000.  His meager PIP limits of $15,000 were immediately paid to the hospital where he was treated, but that left our client uncertain who would pay his remaining medical bills.  The experienced personal injury legal team at Dwyer Williams Potter LLP explained our client’s PIP benefits to him, which included up to $30 per day in household assistance that he had never heard of before.

We contacted our client’s insurance provider and each medical provider that he had used in order to coordinate paying our client’s outstanding bills.  We also quickly obtained household assistance for our client since was eligible for it, thus reimbursing him for most of what he paid to his friends.  We were ultimately able to negotiate a reasonable settlement for our client that settled his accident-related expenses and that compensated him for the pain and suffering he had experienced.  Our client was happy to have chosen the experienced auto accident attorneys at Dwyer Williams Potter to settle this protracted and costly personal injury claim.

Distracted Driving Causes Accidents, Injury in Portland, Oregon

Whether you’re on I-5, one of the bridges, or downtown, you’ve probably seen a lot of drivers talking or texting on their cell phones while driving or while stopped in traffic. Oregon Auto Car Accident Attorneys, Accident Attorney Oregon | Dwyer Williams Potter LLP | Oregon Personal Injury Attorneys A 2010 Oregon law (updated in 2012 to close a loophole that allowed work-related calls) mandated that adult drivers use hands-free devices to talk on phones while driving and prohibits teen drivers from talking and driving at all, with or without a hands-free device. However, the law – and its $110 fine for offenders – is largely ignored by many drivers. In a November 2011 survey conducted by Pemco Insurance, 1 in 3 Portland, Oregon drivers admitted to texting or using a handheld cell phone while driving. According to Oregon Department of Transportation statistics, car accidents involving cell phones injured 179 people and killed 4 people in 2011.

Unfortunate cases abound where innocent pedestrians, bicyclists, and other drivers have been killed or seriously injured by drivers using their cell phones. In a 2011 Portland, Oregon accident, a driver talking on her cell phone collided head-on with a car carrying two other women and a baby. All were injured and had to seek medical attention, though all were fortunate to live. Portland riders of public transportation have even had occasion to complain about TriMet drivers being distracted by cell phone use while driving, a serious public safety hazard.

The legal charges for drivers at-fault in fatal Portland, Oregon auto accidents involving distracted driving include careless driving resulting in the death of a vulnerable road user or reckless driving, if the accident also involves a traffic violation, such as running a red light. Consequences of conviction under these charges include fines and jail time. In non-fatal accidents involving cell phones, drivers are usually cited for traffic violations or for cell phone use, both of which cost the driver a fine. Ironically, for those who have been injured in a crash caused by a cell phone-using driver, the costs can be much steeper, including months of medical treatment, lost wages, and pain and suffering.

If you have been injured in a Portland, Oregon auto accident where the at-fault driver was using a cell phone or if you have lost a loved one in such an accident, we can help you get the settlement you deserve from the insurance company to help you pay medical expenses, recover lost wages, and get compensation for pain and suffering. One of our expert Portland, Oregon Personal Injury Attorneys will be happy to discuss your Portland, Oregon Personal Injury case with you. Call us now: 888-700-4337


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