Cases arising out of automobile accidents are by far the most common type of personal injury case in our court system today. When a person is injured as a pedestrian or bicyclist, the injuries are often severe. In many of these cases, an early investigation is absolutely necessary to establish responsibility for what can be lifelong and significant injury.This is not surprising, given that every 10 seconds, someone in the United States is involved in a car accident, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
Generally, people who operate automobiles must exercise “reasonable care under the circumstances.” A failure to use reasonable care is considered negligence. A person who negligently operates a vehicle may be required to pay for any damages, either to a person or property, caused by his or her negligence. The injured party, known as the plaintiff, is required to prove that the defendant was negligent, that the negligence caused the accident, and that the accident caused the plaintiff’s injuries. Oregon (mandatory) and Washington (optional) have some form of no-fault law that requires drivers to carry insurance that will pay for their medical bills and lost wages — up to certain dollar amounts — regardless of who was at fault in an accident. The advantage of no-fault insurance is prompt payment of medical bills and lost wages without any arguments about who caused the accident. But most no-fault insurance — which is often referred to in policies as Personal Injury Protection (PIP) — provides extremely limited coverage. Anything beyond PIP coverage must be obtained from the liable party at the conclusion of the claim. Thus, it is extremely beneficial to have health insurance to cover non PIP medical costs.
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