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.

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: 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

Wrongful Death Caused by Exhausted Tow Truck Driver

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

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

Mike Freel

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.

Kitti Gale & Curtin Mitchell

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.

Roxanne Howse

“From Canada, I had the unfortunate circumstance of being rear ended on the I-5 while touring Universities for my son. Not knowing anything about law in the USA my husband was trying to research lawyers in Oregon. We ended up contacting Don Corson and I knew from our first conversation that he had a genuine concern and compassion for my well being and that I was going to be in good hands. Through our case, Don was always there to answer any questions I had day or night, I never had to wait to hear back from him. Don was honest and forthcoming and kept us updated as our case progressed. I cannot thank Don and his team enough for all they did for me, he made me feel like family, and I would highly recommend him and his team, I was extremely fortunate to have him in my corner. ” Roxanne Howse from Okotoks, Alberta, Canada

Colleen J.

“Thank you so much to Don Corson and his team Stacey, and Wendy! I can’t say enough good things about the law firm and couldn’t hope for a better experience (other than not being hit by a truck!)I was injured in a car accident, discharged with a number of injuries, but then, I had no idea what to do! I didn’t even know to call a lawyer for days, I was so confused at the time. I had memory, speaking, vision, and balance problems as well as impaired decision-making. In addition, I didn’t know the first thing about my own injuries: if rehabilitation was available or effective, how I could pay for any of it, what the legal process was, and, my biggest fear, “would I ever be the same person again?”But from the moment that I spoke with Don and his team, I felt a massive weight lifted off of me and knew I that I was in good hands. They are professional, courteous, respectful, genuinely kind people, and they really cared. All of my questions were answered. Don was diligent about my case and kept me up to date regularly, but my injuries, my recovery, and my physical and emotional health (it takes a toll!) were always as important to Don as was financial compensation. Don is extremely knowledgeable about traumatic brain injury. He also knows what the permanent, and/or long-term effects may be. Such honesty, & empathy are vital for such a personal injury (especially one that other people cannot see.) Don and his team called to make sure I was doing well in-between visits. His expertise allowed me to get the care I needed for each and every problem and while I still have residual effects I’m still working on–the difference between then and now is night and day. Until now, I did not know that one’s choice of a lawyer could affect the quality of one’s life both today and in the future but that was the case! The Corson & Johns Law Firm helped me through a difficult, painful process with professionalism and great compassion and for that, I will be forever grateful.”

Deborah Green

“I can’t say enough about Lara Johnson and her team. I felt so supported after my car accident. She was able to ensure that my medical and other related costs would be paid in full, and the team took care of dealing with all the insurance companies so that I didn’t have to. I feel as though this group of attorneys really listens; they understood the extent of my injuries and were able to help sort through all the red tape to ensure that I was able to get the help and care that I needed.”

Mark Francis

“I am a past client. Unfortunately someone T-Boned me and caused injuries to myself and totaled my vehicle. My personal attorney recommended Corson and Johnson. I am glad they did! Lara accepted my case and worked tooth and nail to help me through a difficult time of lost revenue and injuries. If you are looking for an ethical, hard working firm then look no further.👍👍”

Stephanie McGarvey

The Corson and Johnson Law Firm is amazing, My entire time working with them felt like I was with family the whole time and they brought me in with open arms! I still talk to some of the staff. They work hard and fight for you whole heartedly! Let’s just say they do their job very well! My car accident was in 2010 and I was only 16 years old and without their help I definitely wouldn’t be where I am today, I couldn’t thank them enough for everything they did for me through the hardest time of my life. I definitely recommend Corson and Johnson Law Firm!

Corky Franklin

“The Corson & Johnson Law Firm handled my case with professionalism and the all important personal touch — every step of the way. It was priceless to be able to turn over the responsibility for calling medical and insurance providers – they handled everything in such a way that I never stressed about the outcome of my case or monetary issues. I’d highly recommend.”

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.

6 Car Crash Facts You Need to Know

6 Car Crash Facts You Need to Know

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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