Auto Accidents

Bend Auto Accident Attorney

Car accidents can be life-altering experiences; sometimes they even result in death. In Oregon, and other states like Minnesota, most drivers have what is called "no fault" or "personal injury protection" (PIP) insurance. This type of insurance is supposed to pay your medical bills and other losses related to injuries that occur because of a traffic accident. These costs are paid regardless of whose fault the accident was as long as the accident involved a motor vehicle and the injuries being treated are related to the accident. Coverage can also apply to passengers in a vehicle.

Handling Car Accident Insurance Claims for Injuries & Damages

Navigating these insurance claims can be tricky, and these claims are with your own insurance company. Your own insurance company may have you seen by one of its doctors, who often will say that you are healed or that the injuries are not related to the accident. This assessment is often used as a basis by your PIP insurance carrier to cut off your insurance, even if you are still injured. This often results in your health insurance, Medicare, or Medicaid having to foot the bill. Such a situation creates another level of the insurance nightmare that many victims of auto accidents face. It can also result in out-of-pocket medical expenses.

Next, you get to deal with the insurance company of the person who caused the accident that lead to the injuries. That company may contest liability. It may want you to be seen by one of its doctors for another evaluation. It may ultimately make you go to court to prove your claim. Without the assistance of a skilled personal injury attorney, most people are overwhelmed by the process. Call Hughes Law today to discuss your case.

Car accidents often result in serious injuries, such as:

  • Brain trauma
  • Whiplash (soft tissue injuries)
  • Spinal injuries
  • Muscle tears
  • Broken bones
  • Lacerations
  • Paralysis
  • Burn injuries (in fire or explosion accidents)
  • Air bag impact injuries

Types of Compensation

If you are injured in a car accident, you need to contact a skilled and experienced trial lawyer immediately. To get the compensation necessary to cover your injuries, you need to start documenting your claim right away. When injured in an automobile accident, you may be able to seek compensation for various types of damages.

I can help you pursue compensation for:

  • Medical bills
  • Lost wages during recovery
  • Future lost earnings
  • Emotional suffering
  • Property damage
  • Future medical costs
  • Physical therapy costs
  • Psychological damage

Types of Car Accident Cases I Handle

Car accidents occur in many different ways. My firm can file claims and ultimately litigate on behalf of clients involved in a wide variety of motor vehicle collisions.

Types of car accident cases I handle include:

  • Rear-end collisions: These crashes typically result in whiplash injuries and can cause serious damage, even in low-speed collisions. They are generally caused because someone who is driving too fast, too close, or just not paying attention. A rear-end accident happens when one car runs into the back of another while both cars are going the same direction, whether or not the front vehicle is stopped. These accidents can result in other serious injuries as well, depending on various factors of the vehicles' impact.
  • Multiple-car crashes: These crashes can be confusing, as several drivers may be at fault or one driver may be liable for several people's injuries. It takes time and a careful review of accident reports to develop theories of liability. There may be multiple insurance companies involved that generally will play the "point the finger" game. These crashes can and do result in serious injury or death, especially when they involve high speeds.
  • T-bone collisions: These accidents happen when a car slams into the side — normally the driver's door or passenger's door — of another car. These accidents typically take place in intersections and often occur when a driver runs a red light, stop sign, or other traffic control device. These crashes are often caused by speed, intoxication, distractions, and other dangerous and negligent driving behavior. They are generally sudden-impact crashes and typically result in serious injury or death.
  • Head-on collisions: A head-on crash is when two cars are travelling toward each other from opposite directions and collide. These crashes frequently occur where you have two lanes of traffic driving at highway speed. They often involved drinking, inattentive driving, or drivers falling asleep and crossing the center line. Because these collisions usually involve faster speeds, they tend to result in serious or critical injuries or fatality.

If you have been injured in an automobile crash, you need to talk to a personal injury attorney immediately. I offer confidential consultations. I can discuss your case with you and provide information to help you determine what your best course of action is. If you retain Hughes Law, I will work to get the compensation that you deserve for the harms and losses you suffered in the crash.

Call Hughes Law today to learn more!

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