Common Accidents and Injuries
Many car accidents in Portland are triggered by regional weather such as rain, ice, mud slide and fog. Most commonly though crashes are caused by operator error. Driving at high speeds, driving while drunk, driving while high, driving without glasses, and driving while impaired by a medical condition are all common causes of motor vehicle accident crashes. In the big picture, drunk driving has decreased over the decades due to stiff penalties and social stigma. Sadly, emerging hazards such as distracted driving, driving while smoking pot and driving beyond the age to do so safely have picked up the slack. And, as commercial trucks comprise a greater percentage of Oregon traffic, crashes increase in severity.
The worst crashes, (those involving fatalities) are usually the consequence of dangerous driving behaviors such as:
- Not yielding the right of way
- Disregarding stop signs, traffic signals, or other traffic control devices
- Drifting outside of lanes
- Driving left of center on a two-way street
- Straddling the center line
- Improper lane changes
- Following too closely
- Going the wrong way on one-way roads
- Improperly overtaking another road user
- Improper turns
Severe injuries can occur as the result of these actions. Traumatic brain injuries, joint disorders, spine injuries, injuries to the extremities, and post traumatic stress disorder are common following a serious car accident in Portland. There are many steps that you should take following a car accident to ensure your claim has all the necessary information, and the best chance at being paid.
Hit & Run Accidents
Most motor vehicle collisions are simple unintentional mistakes of judgment involving relatively modest injury. No big deal if everyone is insured. If the other driver is not insured, it’s a bigger deal, but not criminal. Call police. Make a claim under your or your drivers’ uninsured motorist coverage.
But sometimes, more is going on than just a crash. Sometimes, the driver at fault has reason to flee the scene. He may have an outstanding warrant. He may be uninsured. He may be intoxicated. If that happens, call 911 immediately. Record, photograph, and document the event the best you can without confronting the other driver if possible. He may be armed. All collisions are unfortunate, yet some can lead to dangerous conflicts. Be aware and prepared. Oregon requires motorists to try to find the owner and leave a note with identifying information even when a parked car is hit.
Oregon motorists must stay at the scene, exchange insurance and identifying information and render aid to those that need it to the extent aid can be given. In other words, call 911 and help how you can. It is a felony offense in Oregon to drive away from a car accident. If you have been hurt in a hit-and-run accident, contact experienced Portland personal injury lawyers at (503) 245-5677.
Personal behavior choices were a common thread in all 44 traffic deaths in 2016.