Car Accidents

The Harlan Law Firm represents people injured in car collisions occuring in Oregon and Washington.  The Harlan Law firm is dedicated to obtaining full and fair compensation to persons injured by people who violated community safety rules.

Generally speaking, the first hurdle in any claim involving injuries suffered as a result of a car accident is proving liability.  In the context of a personal injury claim, that means proving that the other driver was negligent.  Negligence is the failure to exercise ordinary care.   It is the doing of some act which a reasonable careful person would not under the same or similar circumstances or the failure to do something which a reasonable careful person would have done under the same or similar circumstances.  Negligence is all about conduct and has nothing to do with state of mind.  Following too close, failing to keep a proper lookout, failing to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk, failing to yield the right of way to the driver on the right at an uncontrolled intersection, driving too fast for conditions, failing to stop for a stop sign or red light, are all violations of the community safety rules which constitute negligence.

The second prong to any claim involving injuries suffered as a result of a car accident is proving proximate cause between the negligent act and the injuries suffered.  A proximate cause is a cause which in a direct sequence produces the injury complained of and without which injury would not have happened.  Ultimately, a negligent driver is responsible for nothing more and nothing less than payment of full compensation for all the harms and losses they caused by virtue of their negligent act.  The harms and losses compensable through a negligence claim includes past and future medical expenses, past and future wage loss and loss of earning capacity, past and future loss of family and/or household services, past and future pain, suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, and humiliation.  Full accountability and responsibility mandates full and fair compensation for all the harms and losses suffered by our clients.   

Rules to following in communication with insurance companies following a car accident:

If you do not yet have an attorney, it is important to follow some basic guidelines when you communicate with an insurance company following a collision – whether the insurance company is your own or the company that insures another car or commecial motor vehcile involved in the collision:

  1. Most importantly, do not sign any agreement or waiver with an insurance company without consulitng a personal injury attorney.  This includes insurance company estimates for medical bills and other losses.
  2. Review your owns insurance policy immediately, and do not make any written statements or have any recorded phone conversations with the insurance company until you understand the details of your own policy.  Review the sections on “coverage” and “exclusions” expecially carefully. 
  3. Take detailed notes of any conversation you have with the insurance company or any other parties invovled in the collision.  Include dates, names, job titles, and a detailed summary of the conversation. 
  4. Document the accident.  take pictures of your injuries, the car accident scene, and the vehicle or property involved. 

Get Legal Advice On How to Obtain Full and Fair Compensation for the Injuries You Suffered because Another Driver Didn’t Follow the Community Safety Rules. 

The Harlan Law Firm handles personal injury cases on a contingency fee basis.  This means that our client’s pay no legal fees unless and until we recover for them the compensation they deserve. 

If you are seeking legal advice after a collision, contact our office today to schedule an initial consultation.  Call (360) 735-8200 or send an email to: bdh@harlanlaw.net. 

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