Filing a car accident claim in Oregon can be intricate and challenging if you are navigating it yourself. At Shlesinger & deVilleneuve, we are committed to guiding you to ensure your rights are protected. Here’s a quick cheat sheet for filing a car accident claim in Oregon.
Prioritize Safety and Medical Attention
Immediately after the accident, prioritize your safety and health. If possible, move to a safe location and seek medical attention. Some injuries may not be immediately apparent.
Report the Accident
Oregon law requires you to report any accident involving injury, death, or significant property damage. Contact the local police so there is documentation at the scene to file an official report, which is crucial for your claim.
Collecting as much information as possible on the accident scene is imperative. This includes the other driver’s contact and insurance details, license plate numbers, and any witnesses’ names and contact information. Photos of the scene, vehicle damages, and visible injuries can be incredibly helpful.
Notify Your Insurance Company
Contact the insurance company about the accident as soon as possible. Be factual about the details, but avoid admitting fault or giving detailed statements until you consult an attorney.
Keep Detailed Records
Document everything related to the accident. This includes medical reports, bills, repair estimates for your vehicle, and any correspondence with insurance companies. Keeping a detailed record can significantly strengthen your claim.
Understand Oregon’s Auto Insurance Laws
Oregon follows a “fault” system for car accidents, meaning the driver at fault is responsible for any resulting harm. Understanding this system is vital for navigating your claim, especially since Oregon also requires personal injury protection (PIP) as part of auto insurance policies.
Be Wary of Early Settlement Offers
Insurance companies can offer a quick settlement, but these offers may not completely cover your damages and losses. Understanding the full extent of your damages before agreeing to any settlement is crucial.
Consult with Shlesinger & deVilleneuve Attorneys, P.C.
Before accepting any offer or making a statement that could affect your claim, consult with an experienced attorney. Our team at Shlesinger & deVilleneuve provides the legal guidance and representation you need for the complexities of your claim.
File Your Claim Promptly
Be aware of Oregon’s statute of limitations for car accident claims. You have two years from the accident date to file a lawsuit. You must stay within this period to ensure your right to compensation.
Prepare for Possible Litigation
While many car accident claims are settled out of court, some may require litigation. Our experienced attorneys at Shlesinger & deVilleneuve are prepared to fight for your rights in court if necessary, ensuring you receive the compensation you deserve.
At Shlesinger & deVilleneuve, we understand how a car accident can impact your life. We are dedicated to guiding you through each step of your claim and fighting for your rights. If you’re in Oregon and have been involved in a car accident, let our experienced team advocate for you.
For expert legal assistance with your car accident claim in Oregon, turn to Shlesinger & deVilleneuve Attorneys, P.C. Contact us today to ensure your rights are fully protected and you receive the compensation you deserve.