Portland Car Accident Lawyer
Were you injured in a car accident because of someone else’s carelessness or recklessness? Portland car accident attorney Travis Mayor knows the insurance industry inside and out because he used to defend claims on their behalf. This experience gave him an insider’s view of the tactics and trial strategies used by the insurance industry to defend claims and minimize payout to injured victims. Travis will use this strategic insight to fight effectively on your behalf and help you recoup the maximum amount of compensation.
A trusted resource in the community, Travis is a Portland car accident lawyer that has received over 50 personal endorsements and 5-star reviews from former clients and peers. Ask any one of them and they will tell you Travis is not afraid to push the limits or take a case to trial if that is what is needed to maximize your recovery. This means he will advance ALL costs associated with pursuing your case and assume control of ALL the details so you can focus on healing.
Travis is ready to learn more about your situation and provide insight into what your accident injury claim is worth.
Call today for your free and confidential case evaluation: 503-444-2825 or 1-800-949-1481.
Mayor Law Handles All Types of Car Accidents
Unfortunately, car accidents occur on a daily basis causing personal injury and property damage to the drivers and pedestrians involved. In 2012, 49,798 motor vehicle crashes were reported to the Oregon DMV resulting in personal injury, property damage or both. This number only reflects crashes that were reported. The more likely number of car-related collisions and incidents in Oregon are over 100,000 per year. Furthermore, distracted driving continues to be the leading cause of car accidents nationwide. Each day, it is estimated that 8 people are killed and 1,161 are injured in crashes that involved a distracted driver. If you have been in an accident caused by a distracted driver, Travis has the knowledge and expertise to help. He handles other types of car accidents including:
- Drunk driving victim accidents
- Serious car accidents
- Car accidents resulting in death
- Rear-end collisions
- Head-on collisions
- Intersection accidents
- Side-impact and T-bone collisions
- Lane change and passing accidents
- Rollover accidents
- Speeding-related crashes
- Hit and run accidents
- Multiple-vehicle collisions
Travis Mayor also takes on all other types of vehicle accident cases including the following:
- Motorcycle accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Trucking accidents
- Bus accidents
- MAX train accidents
Insurance Company Tactics
Injuries from car accidents can range from minor soft tissue and whiplash injuries to catastrophic injuries. It is not uncommon for someone injured in a car accident to suffer a traumatic brain injury (TBI), a spine injury or broken bones. In addition to physical injuries, car accidents can also leave lasting psychological effects. Most Oregon car accidents are caused by driver negligence, carelessness, recklessness, and inattention. Drunk driving, texting or other types of distracted driving are common causes of car crashes resulting in personal injury. These are serious cases, potentially requiring years to resolve, in a legal process that is complex and where billion dollar insurance companies can afford to implement their Deny – Delay – Defend strategies to minimize settlements. This is where an experienced Portland car accident attorney can help. Do not try to take on the consequences of being injured in a serious car accident alone. You need a lawyer for your personal injury accident.
You Deserve Financial Compensation
Financial support can help you recover from your Oregon car accident. For nearly a decade, Travis Mayor and his team of experts have worked with car accident victims to win their personal injury claims and restore order back into their lives. If you have been injured in a car crash as a result of another person’s negligence, financial compensation is your right under the law. You may be entitled to compensation for pain and suffering, medical expenses, lost wages, property damage, surgical costs, physical therapy, future earnings, loss of enjoyment of life, and more.
Obtaining compensation for losses caused in an accident is your legal right, but it is a right that requires you to prove your case.
This is why you need an attorney with experience AND a track record of results who is prepared to take your case through litigation, if necessary, to obtain the best settlement for you.
Travis Mayor has successfully prosecuted hundreds of cases arising from Oregon car accidents and other motor vehicle accidents. We measure success in the RESULTS we obtain and the help we provide our clients in regaining control over their lives.
Mayor Law Car Accident Case Examples:
Case Example 1
In April of 2013, Travis Mayor obtained the insurance policy maximum settlement for his client arising out of a Deschutes County high speed rear-end car crash, which caused serious neck injuries requiring surgery to repair. After initial negotiations failed to produce an acceptable settlement, our strategy shifted toward potential litigation. Facing potential litigation, the case settled for $300,000 — the at-fault driver’s maximum insurance policy limit.
Case Example 2
Travis Mayor obtained a favorable verdict of $95,720 for his client plus attorney fees and court costs of $45,962 for a total of $141,682 for a low back injury resulting from a low-speed car collision in Portland. Prior to going to trial the defendant’s highest settlement offer was a “take it or leave it” $6,275. The jury’s verdict and award totaled over 22 times higher than the negligent driver’s maximum offer.
Case Example 3
Travis Mayor obtained a favorable award of $125,000 in October of 2016. Attorney Travis Mayor litigated this underinsured motorist claim against his client’s insurance company for neck injuries arising from a high-speed car accident. The settlement was in addition to the money Travis Mayor has already obtained for his client from the negligent driver’s insurance company.
Case Example 4
Attorney Travis Mayor made an insurance company pay his client $225,000 for injuries she sustained in a t-bone collision in Portland after a driver failed to stop at a stop sign. The collision aggravated pre-existing conditions in the elderly client’s back, which required surgery to repair.
Car Accident Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
I have been in an Oregon car accident, what are my legal responsibilities?
Answer: At the time of the Oregon car accident you are required to STOP – Render Aid – Exchange Information – Report the Accident. Whether your injuries seem relatively minor or are very serious, the first and most important thing to do is seek immediate medical attention for you and anyone involved in the accident. You may not feel any immediate pain as your body attempts to “cope” with the situation. Once you have had a chance to recover from the stress and adrenaline produced from the accident, you may feel symptoms. Be safe – call 9-1-1.
Under no circumstances should you leave the Oregon car accident site or aggravate an already emotional experience.
If the accident is serious, resulting in physical, bodily injury, death, or extensive damage to a vehicle or other property (i.e. more than $1,500 in damage), then you MUST notify law enforcement and remain at the scene of the accident until a police officer arrives.
Failure to report the accident to the Oregon DMV will lead to a citation, and failing to stop at the accident site is classified as a “Hit and Run,” and punishable with serious penalties.
If you are able, you are required by law to exchange information with the other driver, passengers in the vehicle, or any other injured pedestrian or property owner. The necessary information to exchange is: your name, address, driver license number, license plate number, and insurance information (insurance company name and policy number). While this is the minimum information required, it is always best to gather additional details including witness information, description of the damage, pictures of the damage and the accident scene, and a description of what happened. Focus on the immediate safety of all persons involved in the accident, rendering medical assistance, notifying law enforcement (Call 9-1-1), and exchanging information.
Lastly, if the accident causes any injury or a Portland wrongful death, or results in more than $1,500 damage to any vehicle or property, or if a vehicle is towed from the accident scene, Oregon law requires you to file an Oregon Accident and Insurance Report directly with the Oregon DMV within 72 hours (three days). Accident report forms and detailed instructions are available at police departments, sheriff offices, DMV field offices, and on DMV’s website.
I’m being pressured to provide a recorded statement and sign a medical release by both insurance companies — must I do so?
Answer: You are under no obligation to discuss the car accident or your medical treatment with the other driver’s insurance company, and in fact, doing so could hurt your claim. Do NOT talk to the other driver’s insurance company or give them a recorded statement!
You do need to notify your insurance company about the Oregon car accident and provide basic information about the accident to start the claims process. You are contractually obligated to cooperate with your insurance company. The best approach is to authorize a Portland Personal Injury Attorney to represent you and deal with the process of obtaining your economic recovery while you deal with your medical recovery. Once you have retained your Personal Injury Attorney, do not give anyone from an insurance company (including your own) a written or recorded statement AND do not sign any documents from the insurance company.
Tip: Refer the insurance company representatives to your attorney. Once you hire an attorney, you no longer have to deal directly with insurance adjusters.
It is important to understand that insurance companies are billion dollar businesses seeking to minimize the amount paid out on each claim, including yours. Without the aid of a personal injury lawyer, the insurance company will likely attempt to get you to accept a low-ball settlement offer or agree to things which do not accurately reflect what really happened, or the true nature of the injuries sustained in the accident. As a former insurance defense attorney, I can assure you, your insurance company has a structured “settlement process and strategy” designed to minimize the amount paid out in every accident injury case. It is smart for them to approach the settlement process in this manner, but it probably will not produce a FAIR settlement for you. Your legal team must be as professional and knowledgeable as the other side and possess the ability, resources, and experience to obtain the best settlement, even if that means battling in court.
How do I get reimbursed for property damage incurred in an Oregon car accident?
Answer: Collision insurance is the type of insurance that covers the cost of repairing (or replacing) your vehicle after it was involved in an Oregon car accident. This coverage is not mandatory in Oregon and must be specifically included in your insurance policy. If you are not covered by collision insurance, then the cost of repairing your vehicle is your responsibility. In some cases, it may be determined that you were partially at fault, in which case you may have to partially pay for repairs to your car.
Assuming you have collision coverage or are not the at-fault driver, then most vehicle repairs can be successfully resolved by dealing directly with either your insurance company or the at-fault driver’s insurance company. The insurance company will directly pay for the repairs to your vehicle resulting from the Oregon car accident (if the cost of repairs does not exceed the value of the vehicle). It is your right to have your vehicle repaired to pre-accident condition. Even when your vehicle is repaired, it may be worth less than it was just prior to the crash due to the stigma of being damaged. In these situations, Oregon law allows you to pursue recovery of the difference between the pre-accident value of your vehicle and the post-repair value in a diminished value claim. Even though the insurance company will make recommendations where you should have your car repaired, you have a say in the matter and have the right to select the repair shop of your choice. This is important as some shops yield lower costs by not using OEM parts, but substituting “knock-off” or used parts. If the repair costs exceed the value of the car, then the insurance company will deem your vehicle a “total loss,” in which case you are entitled to recover the fair market value of your vehicle plus tax and title costs. This means that you are entitled to the amount it would cost you to buy your exact vehicle in the marketplace. Although vehicle valuation services are helpful, such as Kelley Blue Book and NADA, the best measures of your vehicle’s worth are dealer prices, classified ads, and auto advertisements for similar vehicles. Lastly, you may be entitled to a rental car while your car is being repaired or evaluated for total loss.
What do I do if the at-fault driver does not have enough insurance coverage to cover my losses?
Answer: It is not unusual to find yourself involved in an Oregon car accident where the at-fault driver maintains only the minimum insurance coverages required to drive a vehicle in Oregon. If this is the case, then a portion of your Under-Insured Motorist (UIM) coverage may be used to cover any additional costs above the minimum coverage ($25,000) provided by the at-fault driver’s insurance policy.
I have been injured in an Oregon car accident, who will pay my medical bills?
Answer: If you have been involved in a serious Oregon personal injury accident, then you know your first priority is to deal with your medical treatments, recovery, and paying mounting medical bills. Because Oregon requires mandatory PIP coverage, your starting point for paying those medical expenses will be either your PIP insurance or your primary health insurance provider.
What happens if I use all of my PIP benefits and need more medical treatments?
Answer: With the average injury accident costing $126,000 you may quickly exhaust the minimum $15,000 PIP benefit. Once this happens your personal healthcare insurance will usually pay additional amounts. If you do not have healthcare insurance then you will be personally responsible for paying the additional amounts above the $15,000 PIP benefit. This is where an experienced Portland Car Accident Attorney can provide guidance and action to protect your rights and seek a settlement to make you financially whole again. There are many legal actions and alternatives to be explored that can benefit you in the short term such as negotiating a settlement, arbitration, or making a policy limits demand.
Getting Results for Injured Victims
At Mayor Law, LLC it is our goal to help the victims of car accidents achieve justice and restore their lives by reducing the hassles and inconvenience of pursuing a legal settlement. Portland car accident lawyer Travis Mayor will build your case to maximize your financial compensation. Travis Mayor has recovered millions of dollars for his car accident clients. For every client, Travis offers personal service with proven results. Please review our clients’ personal accounts of working with attorney Travis Mayor: Google+, Yelp, and AVVO pages.