Around once a month, a pedestrian gets injured or killed in Portland–sometimes due to a hit and run; or a drunk driver near downtown; or a negligent or distracted driver near the Moda Center. Sometimes it is thanks to poor road or crosswalk construction along Powell Boulevard or in Old Town. Either way, pedestrian accident victims or their families need good pedestrian accident attorneys, or even, unfortunately, a wrongful death attorney.

In the vast majority of pedestrian-related crashes, the fault does not lie with the pedestrian but rather is due to some type of negligence on the part of the driver. An experienced personal injury lawyer can help you pinpoint these factors and begin your pedestrian accident settlement.

Top Five Causes of Pedestrian Crashes

  • Drivers failing to yield at pedestrian crosswalks;
  • Drivers running stop signs or lights;
  • Failure to maintain lane;
  • Speeding and;
  • Inattentive or distracted driving, such as texting or talking on a cell phone.

Common Questions About Pedestrian Accidents

1. How long after the accident occurs do I have to file a claim in Oregon?

You must file a claim with the DMV within 72 hours of the accident. Beyond that, you generally have around 2 years to file your claim. However, if you were bringing a case against a public entity, the time is shortened to 180 days. The earlier you start your claims process, the fresher the information will be in your mind about the circumstances of the event. Get started right away and contact a pedestrian accident attorney who as soon as you can.

There are several DMV (Department of Motor Vehicles) offices in Portland and Beaverton.

2. If I was distracted while crossing the street, will that effect my claim?

It might. You could be partially at fault for the accident, but that doesn’t mean that your claim has no validity or that you won’t be awarded damages. Every case is unique, so be sure to reach out to a pedestrian accident attorney as soon as you’re able to get started on the details of your case.

3. What duties do I have as a pedestrian to limit the likelihood of an accident?

Oregon code 814 says that pedestrians have the following responsibilities to themselves and their fellow motorists:

  • Appropriately respond to traffic control devices
  • Use pedestrian tunnels or over-head crossings
  • Yield to ambulances and emergency vehicles
  • Obey bridge and railroad signals
  • Not use highways as a pedestrian

Pedestrian accident cases are too common in the U.S., with over 70,000 injuries each year, and 4,280 deaths. In Oregon alone, there was a 25% increase in pedestrian fatalities from 2011 to 2012. In response to the growing number of cases involving pedestrian accidents, survivors must learn how to get an appropriate pedestrian accident settlement or verdict.

Speaking with an personal injury lawyer is the best way to learn about your legal rights and your options following an accident–including whether you may have a valid claim for your injuries. After a crash leaves you injured, make sure you receive any relief to which you are entitled.

Call Paul Galm today and let him help you bring a claim for your damages now. There is no obligation on your part and the initial call is always free.