Eugene Car Accident Lawyers
Common Causes of Car Accidents
We have decades of experience with successful cases under our belts. Our legal team is prepared to represent survivors who were injured in any type of car accident. Regardless of what caused your crash, and no matter how difficult it may appear, you can be confident that our attorneys have the skills and resources to help.
We represent people who were injured in:
- Drunk & Impaired Driver Collisions
- Large Truck & 18 Wheeler Crashes
- Hit-and-Run (and Leave the Scene) Cases
- Pedestrian Cases
- Motorcycle Crashes
- Bicycle Cases
- Head-on Collisions
- Read-end Collisions
- T-bone Collisions
- Distracted Driving, Texting and Driving Cases
- Failure to Yield Crashes
- Driver Error and Negligence Cases
- Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist Cases
- Tired/Fatigued Driver-Caused Collisions
- Aggressive Driving & Speeding cases
- Collisions Caused by Negligent Highway Maintenance
Common types of injuries resulting from car accidents include:
We are prepared to help people with the most challenging legitimate cases, including those involving catastrophic injuries, wrongful death, or defective vehicles (product liability). By conducting thorough investigations, meticulously preparing your case, working hard, and applying the benefits of decades of experience, we are ready to fight for full and fair compensation for you.
- Spine injuries to the neck or back
- Broken bones
- Traumatic brain injury
- Internal organ damage
- Tendon and ligament damage
- Cuts, scrapes, and bruises
We have also helped people who suffered burn injuries from vehicle fires, disfigurement, loss of limbs, dental injuries, post traumatic stress disorder, temporomandibular joint dysfunction, and other losses.
If you think you have a car crash injury case, Contact Us right away.
Have You Been Injured in a Car Accident?
Here Are Answers to Frequently Asked Questions
I just had a car accident, what should I do now?
Stop at the scene or as close as safely possible. If anyone was injured, call 911 immediately, and follow their directions, which may involve rendering reasonable assistance to any injured person. Don’t move an injured person unless absolutely necessary, such as to save their life from a vehicle fire or explosion. If there are no apparent injuries, call the police and follow their directions. Remain at the scene until after the police arrive (unless you must leave for immediate medical care). Don’t move the vehicles unless necessary for safety, or if you are directed to do so by the police.
Photograph the vehicles, the other driver’s license, and the scene with your smartphone. Get names and phone numbers of any witnesses. Before you leave the scene, make sure to exchange insurance and drivers information with the other driver (driver name and address; name and address of vehicle owner; name and address of vehicle occupants; vehicle registration number; insurance company name, policy number, and phone number). Promptly afterward, report the collision to your own insurance company.
What are my legal responsibilities if I am involved in a car accident in Oregon?
A driver involved in a collision is legally obligated to stop their vehicle at the scene or as close as possible, and to remain at the scene until they have exchanged insurance, driver, owner, and vehicle information. A driver is legally required to render reasonable assistance to any person injured in the collision, including arrangements for getting them to medical care, if it is apparent such treatment is necessary or it is requested by an injured person. A driver must otherwise remain at the scene until a police officer has arrived (unless the police say they are not coming). Failure to perform the duties of a driver to injured persons is a Class C felony in Oregon.
If there was injury or death, or a vehicle was towed away, or there was more than $2500 in property damage, the driver must submit a report to the Oregon DMV within 72 hours. The DMV report form may be found here: https://www.oregon.gov/odot/Forms/DMV/32fill.pdf
You are not required to make any statements or provide authorizations to the other party’s insurance company. Remember the other side’s insurance company is not looking out for your interests; only theirs. You should not post anything on social media about the collision, your injuries or medical treatment, or about your activities.
What happens if the at-fault driver has insufficient insurance coverage to compensate for my losses?
Unfortunately, it’s relatively common for an at-fault driver to either have insufficient insurance or no insurance. In Oregon, every policy of auto insurance has “Uninsured motorist” and “Underinsured motorist coverage” to help with that problem. If you have an Oregon auto insurance policy, you have this coverage. Uninsured Motorist (“UM”) insurance applies when the other driver has no insurance, and Underinsured Motorist (“UIM”) insurance applies whenever the at-fault driver’s insurance is insufficient to cover the harms and losses that driver caused. Each person who purchases an Oregon auto insurance decides the level of UM and UIM coverage they want, essentially when they decide the amount of liability coverage they will buy. UIM coverage is in addition to the at-fault driver’s coverage. If the at-fault driver has $25,000 of liability coverage, and you have a $25,000 UIM policy, there is up to a total of $50,000 to help compensate for your losses. (Tip: most people involved in the worlds of law or insurance buy much higher UM and UIM limits, which surprisingly don’t cost that much more than lower limits).
What is an independent medical examination?
There is no such thing as an “independent” medical exam. These are exams done for the benefit of insurance companies, often arranged through corporations that support the insurance industry. An insurance medical exam may be requested by an automobile insurance company in three situations: (1) if the insurer wants to stop paying its insured person Personal Injury Protection benefits; (2) if the insurer is defending a Uninsured or Underinsured Motorist benefits claim made by its own insured person; and (3) in litigation, when the insurance defense lawyer for the adverse party obtains a court order for an exam or the parties agree to an exam.
You cannot be forced to go to a Personal Injury Protection (PIP) exam. If you go, the insurance company’s exam will likely hurt your claim, and the insurance company will likely cut off your PIP benefits. If you do not go to a PIP insurance exam, the insurance company will cut off your PIP benefits (but there might be other resources to help pay for treatment). The decision whether or not to attend an insurance medical exam should be carefully considered and discussed with your attorney, if you have one.
The terms and conditions for any insurance medical exam should be carefully considered before any exam is done. After the exam, the insurance company’s chosen doctor will prepare a written report, which almost always favors the insurance company’s position.
When should I hire a lawyer for a car accident?
Especially if there has been any serious personal injury, it is important to start looking for an attorney promptly so that an investigation can begin and important evidence not be lost. A personal injury attorney will then be able to help you to determine if you have a case and what will be needed to win.
If the collision caused a brain or spinal cord injury, any broken bones, injuries that required surgery, or a painful injury that may be permanent, you should also seek an attorney’s advice before accepting any offer from an insurance company, corporation, or individual. Some people and corporations do not want to take responsibility for their actions, and insurance companies profit by compensating injured persons as little as possible.
What questions should I ask an attorney if I have been injured in a car accident?
When choosing an attorney for your car accident case, it is important that the attorney be well-qualified in that area of law, that they are respected by insurance companies and their lawyers, and that you have a good “chemistry” with them. Feel free to interview several attorneys. Most personal injuries attorneys do not charge for an initial consultation. Consider the following list as a starting point for questions you may want to ask an attorney before you make your decision:
- What are your areas of practice?
- Have you handled cases like mine before? About how many have you actually tried? What were the outcomes?
- Will you be the only attorney who works on the case? If not, who else will work on it?
- Will you refer my case to another attorney or you associate with an attorney outside your firm if you cannot settle the case successfully? If so, why?
- What professional legal organizations do you belong to?
- Have you been honored by any of them?
- What continuing legal education courses have you taken in the past year that are specific to personal injury cases?
- Have you taught any?
- Have you ever been disciplined, or been suspended from the practice of law? If so, why?
- Will you take my case on a contingent fee basis?
- If you are unavailable or on vacation, who can I speak with about my case?
Before you make a decision, you should be confident that the attorney is experienced in car collision personal injury cases, and comfortable placing your trust in that attorney.
How can I prove my losses after a car accident?
Keep copies of your medical bills, payments, and insurance explanation of benefits. Keep your photos of the collision vehicles, and records of repairs or estimates of repairs. If you lose income because of inability to work or limitations on work, your employer should have records of those losses; if you are self-employed, keep good financial records.
The most important losses are not the ones a bookkeeper can total, but the human harms and losses. These include physical limitations, pain, inconvenience, inability to do ordinary things, mental suffering, emotional distress, worrying about the future, and disfigurement. These human harms are more difficult to prove. The most important thing you can do to help your case is to work diligently to recover as much of your health and abilities as you can. When human losses are substantial an experienced personal injury attorney can often make a real difference. Different attorneys have different approaches to proving those losses. An injured person should carefully pick an attorney they like and trust and work closely with that attorney so that the human losses can be demonstrated.
How much do car accidents usually settle for?
That’s kind of like asking what a piece of property might sell for, without knowing anything about the property. There is quite a range, depending on multiple factors. The same is true for personal injury claims. There is a world of difference between someone who completely heals up after having had a painful back for 6 months, and someone who is completely paralyzed from the neck down for the rest of their life. More serious injuries usually settle for higher amounts, but there are many other considerations. Those include: how clear is the other driver’s fault? Were there other people who were also at fault? Was the other driver’s fault aggravated (such as a drunk driver), or morally less culpable (like a moment of reduced attention to change a radio station)? How clear is the medical picture? Which county would the case be decided in if it did not settle? How would a jury likely view the other driver and view the injured person? And so on.
In car collision cases, one of the important limiting factors on settlements is the amount of insurance coverage. In Oregon, it is unusual for the injured person to obtain more compensation from an at-fault driver than the amount of that driver’s liability policy. The Oregon statutory minimum for auto liability insurance policies is $25,000 per person (up to a total of $50,000 per incident). At times, that’s all that can reasonably be recovered from the at-fault party, no matter how severe the injuries. In some cases, that doesn’t even cover the first day of the injured person’s medical bills. The injured person will typically also have potential access, if needed, to additional insurance under their own “Underinsured Motorist” coverage, but that, too, will be capped at the amount that was purchased.
Car Accident Injury Cases
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I was hit by a car in a parking lot and ankle was broken in two places. Luckily My daughter and son in law convinced me that I would need a lawyer. I hesitated because I had never used a lawyer before. Thank goodness they insisted and called Don Corson. Don Corson and his team were so helpful, professional, encouraging and tirelessly had to work on my lengthy case. Don Corson doesn’t give up, and I was pleased with the results. I would not hesitate to recommend him and his team to anyone.
A long overdue thank you. Thank you for your hard work and successful results in our case against Liberty Mutual Insurance who was defending their client that injured me in a automobile accident. It took years of dedication and hard work not only on your part but your entire staff that worked this case, I have never witnessed an organization that worked as hard as yours on a project and not knowing what the outcome would be until the end. Our company has been in business for 70 years. Part of our business plan is to hire professional people to receive professional results. Don – you and your staff have been the best example I can give of this business plan. Thanks from all of us at Knee Deep Cattle Company.
I was injured in a freak car pedestrian accident. The Corson and Johnson Law Firm helped me navigate the myriad intricacies of medical and auto insurance claims. I worked very closely with Brandon, Wendy, and Stacy throughout my recovery. They all made a very daunting process understandable and expedited the entire process. They were always there to offer help, assistance, and support. The entire team was very caring, supportive, and understanding. Brandon’s legal knowledge was exceptional and he went beyond the norm in researching and advocating for my case. I would highly recommend this firm, and Brandon in particular, if you ever find yourself in a situation where you need personal injury protection.
I was so lucky to find the Corson & Johnson law firm. They are the most professional and kind people, My attorney was Brandon Moore. He is probably the kindest person but he’s is so professional and smart. His comprehension is so spot on. He is so knowledgeable and to the point. He is so lucky to have Don Corson as his mentor. He takes his cues from Don on how to treat people and the two are unstoppable. As is Wendy and Stacy. It is such a pleasure to work with these people.
On August 6, 2019, I was involved in an accident in Florence, Oregon. As I was traveling north on highway 101, driving my Ford F-150, I was run into, broadside, on my left side by a drunk driver driving a one ton Ford truck at a high rate of speed. He was coming across Hwy 101 from a side street. I was hospitalized in Florence I contacted Corson & Johnson Law Firm to represent me and to protect my legal rights regarding the accident/ Attorney Brandon Moore, with Corson & Johnson, was assigned to handle my case. As I started communicating with Attorney Moore about the case, I was immediately impressed with how cordial he is and he appeared to be very sincere and genuinely concerned about the care and my welfare. He was extremely easy to talk to. He instilled confidence in me about the outcome of the case and was very encouraging. In addition to that and very importantly, Brandon exhibited the fact that he was a true professional with impressive legal skills and experience. He handled the case quickly and smoothly, always staying in touch with me an keeping me informed about the status of the. Due to Brandon’s expertise I received two large settlements at the conclusion of the case. I highly recommend Brandon Moore to anyone needing expert representation in such matters. I have talked with Brandon on the phone but I have never met him personally. Someday I would love to meet him in person to thank him for all that he has done for me.
If you are in an accident of any kind, Corson and Johnson is the law firm you want to call now. I have no hesitation in recommending this top law firm to represent anyone who has been involved in an any type of accident. I mainly worked with Lara and her tireless team. From the beginning, I felt important and cared about. I did not expect the kind of support I received, and I was always kept well informed and prepared.
Lara and her team helped me procure a provider and treatment for symptoms related to a concession I incurred due to the accident. This was a life changer for me. Lara and her team worked tirelessly to make sure that all details regarding payments to providers were covered in any settlement I might receive. They went above and beyond to ensure that what I was charged was accurate; this was not a simple task.
Lara and her team made sure that I was kept informed, and was always prepared for what I would experience or need to do in regards to the legal process. They took the weight off my shoulders and allowed me to work on healing myself from the injuries incurred during the accident and all that it entailed. Nothing about my case was simple, and I wish I had contacted Corson and Johnson immediately after my accident, and not just when my PIP ran out. I encourage anyone in an injury accident to call this law firm immediately for expert, experienced, and fair legal advice.
Life is unexpected. Hopefully you never find yourself in a situation that requires legal assistance. Chances are though, if you’re reading this, then you, or someone you know might be seeking legal counsel. If you’ve been searching, stop here and call The Corson and Johnson Law Firm. I consider calling them after my auto accident one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. There’s a lot going on after an accident aside from dealing with the injury itself.
Don and the team were there every step of the way. They not only provided clarity on the process but also acted with empathy and understanding creating a system of support. Don and Beatrice explored all angles of my situation for the best possible outcome. They did an unbelievable job with communication and keeping me updated. Throughout, I always felt secure the case was being handled. This allowed me the necessary time to focus on my recovery. I have no doubt that these guys are the best at what they do. I consider Don, Beatrice, Stacy and Wendy to be like family and cannot express how strongly I recommend them.
Two Grateful and Admiring Clients
Don Corson took care of everything after we had a head-on collision with a 3/4 ton pickup. Everyone driving near the junction of the McKenzie Hwy and Santiam Hwy in the Cascade mountains saw our crumpled sedan and were amazed that anyone was left alive.
In July 2009 I was one year into retirement but suddenly found myself in Bend, Oregon hospital for 5 days. My husband would be in and out of the ICU for the next two months before he was transported by ambulance to a Eugene care center for weeks of convalescence; it would be the most bleak Thanksgiving we ever experienced.
During that tragic half year of our lives Don and his team took care of everything: I never looked at a medical bill; I was never put on hold to listen to music; I didn’t have to beg with my insurance agent for a loaner car big enough to feel safe driving again; I didn’t talk to salvage dealers or insurance adjusters; and I did not have to negotiate the two individual settlements that held the other driver accountable for his negligence, he walked away from the accident unhurt.
When it comes to knowing the law and how to most effectively apply it for his client’s benefit, we think he nears genius.
During those tragic months of 2009 and the years that have followed, I have come to understand what an incredible human being Don is. He IS a great guy. His sensitivity and compassion as well as his generosity with his time is amazing. Even now, ten years later, he takes time for my calls and makes time to lunch with my husband.
Don’s professionalism and his personal interest in his clients was so evident to us in our time of tragedy and recovery; Don took care of everything.
Car Accident Resources
The Oregon Supreme Court and teams of attorney advocates for justice delivered a win for Oregonians who are injured by underinsured drivers.
This segment of The Law and You features personal injury trial lawyer Don Corson discussing what you should do if you are in car, truck or motorcycle accidents.
This segment of The Law and You features personal injury trial lawyer Lara Johnson telling about crash notification requirements in Oregon.
This segment of The Law and You features personal injury trial lawyer Lara Johnson discussing a situation when you might suffer damage and/or injury caused by a motorists who is underinsured.
This segment of The Law and You features personal injury trial lawyer Lara Johnson discussing how adequate collision coverage, and sometimes legal action, is needed to recover the full property loss in a collision.
This segment of The Law and You features attorney Lara Johnson telling of a case where a client’s insurance company suggested that she sue her friend after being in an auto accident.
The time following a vehicle collision can feel overwhelming, but it’s important to remember several key things to make sure everybody is safe, and follow-ups go smoothly. Make sure you do these 4 things to cover your bases after a crash.
We see it over and over again: someone is hurt in a car wreck, and an adverse insurance adjuster insists on getting a release for the injured person’s medical records or they will “close” the claim. The adverse insurance company, in fact, has no legal right in Oregon to a release for medical records, and “closing” the claim means nothing.
1. Your medical records are private and should not be shared.
2. You are under no obligation to help the other insurance company build its case against you.
3. Social media is the adverse insurance company’s best friend.
4. DO NOT accept any offer until you talk with an attorney who knows how to protect your rights.
1. The Law Favors Those Who Move Quickly
2. Investigation by qualified Attorneys Needed to Determine Fault
3. SOME Serious Injuries Don’t Show Up Immediately After A Collision
4. Don’t Fall for Insurance Companies’ “Get Quick Compensation” Offer
5. When to File a Lawsuit After Suffering Severe Injuries From A Car or Truck Collision
6. Car or Truck Accidents On The Job Can Go Beyond Workers’ Compensation
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