Eugene Car Accident Lawyers

Most car crashes are unnecessary, the result of violation of established safety rules of the road.  While these are almost always not intentional, they are also not truly “accidents,” because they were preventable.   As the Oregon Driver Manual puts it, “the word ‘accident’ is misleading.  If you crash because you were distracted, tired, or not driving defensively, it is a preventable crash, not an accident.” Severe losses from collisions can change lives forever.  We’ve helped hundreds of individuals and families who have been seriously or permanently injured in car collisions.

The Right Lawyer CAN Make All the Difference after a Car Crash

Our personal injury lawyers and experts know how to build a case with the right facts and evidence, securing the futures of families across Oregon. There’s no up front cost to you, and we don’t get paid unless you do.

The Corson & Johnson Law Firm has earned the highest recognition for ethical conduct and professional excellence, including U.S. News & World Report Best Law Firms.  Attorneys at the firm have been named in Best Lawyers, Super Lawyers, the American Board of Trial Advocates, and Don Corson is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. The Corson & Johnson Law Firm has been named by Expertise as one of the Best Car Accident Lawyers in Eugene.

A settlement or verdict in favor of an injured person takes into consideration multiple harms and losses, such as:

  • Lost wages
  • Medical bills
  • Pain
  • Future care needs
  • Disability and limitations

If the case goes to trial, a jury may sometimes also award punitive damages, meant to punish the responsible party for endangering the lives of others. On average, injury survivors who have an attorney nearly triple the amount of money they get from insurance than those who do not, according to the Insurance Research Council.

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
  • Death

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:

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

Road Rage Crash

ODOT pickup truck nearly kills Eugene man; $1.5 million.

Elderly Driver Causes Highway Crash

$917,423 resolution during trial

Wrongful Death Caused by Exhausted Tow Truck Driver

$800,000 to Help the Surviving Children.

The attorneys at Corson & Johnson have helped countless individuals and families over the past three-plus decades.
Please click on the Read More Cases link highlighted below to see additional Car Accident Injury case examples.
If you think you may have a case, please call, email, or text us; we would be happy to talk with you.

Client Testimonials

Yin Lei

It was in the midst of sudden pain, hurt, and confusion, we reached out to you for help last year. And it was our first time needing professional legal assistance. You have been kind, supportive, honest, patient, intelligent, confident, and professional throughout this lengthy process. We cannot imagine reaching a better resolution without your help! Your experience and intelligence have guided us through. We have gained great respect and trust in you and your capable team. We appreciate everything you’ve done for us. You are the best!

Jennifer G.

“While I hope you never need a personal injury attorney, if you do, I highly recommend Corson & Johnson. Lara was our attorney and her team including Jennifer, Mandy, and all the people who worked on my car accident case were great at communicating and above all I appreciated the team because they treated me with respect in navigating a complex case. I had a positive settlement result and it was above expectations. If you are looking for a team that will treat you with respect, act with integrity and professionalism, stop looking and give Corson & Johnson a call immediately.”

J Gossett
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While I hope you never need a personal injury attorney, if you do, I highly recommend Corson & Johnson. Lara was our attorney and her team including Jennifer, Mandy, and all the people who worked on my car accident case were great at communicating and above all I appreciated the team because they treated me with respect in navigating a complex case. I had a positive settlement result and it was above expectations. If you are looking for a team that will treat you with respect, act with integrity and professionalism, stop looking and give Corson & Johnson a call immediately

Kathleen Franklin

Having just endured trauma from a multiple car wreck we discovered that all the insurance companies involved were in a hurry to give us as little as possible while we faced time off work, medical bills, and hospitalizations. Thankfully I connected with Corson & Johnson Law firm which right away had their whole team looking out for us. It’s been a long process I wouldn’t wish on anyone but we, meaning my whole family, are in a better place thanks to Corson & Johnson.

Craig Ridgley

The staff was amazing it made the process easier and all of my questions got answered in a timely manner.


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.

Mike Stevenson

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.

Faith Roberts Wellman

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.

Car Accident Resources

Oregon Law On Crash Reporting

Oregon Law On Crash Reporting

This segment of The Law and You features personal injury trial lawyer Lara Johnson telling about crash notification requirements in Oregon.

Legal Action For Damaged Vehicles

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.

Insurance Red Tape: How Betty Won

Insurance Red Tape: How Betty Won

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.

Crash Course: 4 Things TO DO After a Vehicle Collision

Crash Course: 4 Things TO DO After a Vehicle Collision

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.

4 Things Not to Do in the Days and Weeks after a Crash

4 Things Not to Do in the Days and Weeks after a Crash

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.

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