One of the unfortunate parts about the convenience of driving everywhere is that auto accidents can happen to anyone. Following the rules, being prepared, and using caution can help prevent accidents, but sometimes there’s nothing that can be done to stop them.
Also, they can happen at any time. In 2015, the most common time was on Fridays between 5:00 and 6:00 PM. However, many accidents were at all other hours of the day and night.
If you’ve been involved in a car accident, it’s a wise choice to seek legal assistance.
Driving in Oregon
Oregon is a beautiful state with a wonderful road system. There are more than 8,000 miles of state highways, and over 700 miles of the Interstate Highway System. When you combine this with all of the smaller city and country roads, it’s clear that you can easily get around the state while traveling in a vehicle. The only downside is that many people drive often, so statistically there will be plenty of accidents.
Accident Statistics in Oregon
Just knowing that there are a lot of roads and drivers can hint at the auto accident situation in Oregon, but it doesn’t paint the whole picture. To put the number of accidents into perspective, let’s look at some of the statistics from 2015.
28,647 of accidents were non-fatal injury crashes
410 accidents had fatalities
445 people were killed in car accidents
41, 675 people were injured
Car accidents can come in all sizes. They might include one driver who only injured himself when going off the road, or can be a 50-car pileup, such as this recent accident caused by the slippery roads in the freezing rain.
Common Causes for Drivers
The accidents are caused by many factors, but there are a few main situations that lead to most car crashes. First, a lot of accidents occur because one vehicle is not able to avoid a stopped car, or a collision happens because a driver is following another too closely. Also, many accidents happen because a driver doesn’t yield when another vehicle has the right-of-way. Not slowing down around cars not moving as quickly is a common cause, as well as trying to make left turns through on-coming traffic. Finally, many accidents are simply the result of inattention and careless driving.
Accidents Don’t Just Include Those Inside of Cars
Auto accidents automatically make you assume that the people involved were either driving or riding inside of a vehicle, but that’s not necessarily the case. Car accidents are better described as events which injure or kill anyone because of what a car was doing, and they can include pedestrians, cyclists, and anyone else on or near streets.
Main Pedestrian Mistakes
Pedestrians are often seriously injured when hit by a car, but it’s not always the fault of the driver. There are of course cases where drivers break the rules and injure or kill a walker, but pedestrians themselves can be at fault because of failure to use the crosswalks, not paying attention to traffic signals, or many other situations.
Common Causes Made by Cyclists
As with pedestrians, cyclists can be victims of auto accidents, but they’re also sometimes at fault. The most common situations in which they cause them are because they fail to follow the traffic signals or stop signs, or they head the wrong direction while riding on the shoulder.
Know What to do Immediately After an Accident
If you’re involved in an auto accident, there are many things you should specifically do. The most important is to get out of the way of any more danger, and check on the health of everyone involved. Next, you should alert the authorities, and make it clear if anyone desperately requires medical attention.
Before leaving the scene, file a report with the police to help determine who is at fault. Also, you need to get contact and insurance information from anyone else involved.
Get Legal Help After an Accident
No matter who was at fault or what happened, it’s a good idea to get the assistance of a legal expert after an auto accident. They can help prevent others from taking advantage of you, and they can fight to get you any compensation that you deserve.
Also, even if you think the accident was your fault, you shouldn’t say this at the time. A legal expert may be able to prove otherwise, but this is much more difficult if you’ve already said the opposite.
Here to Help
If you or someone you care about has been involved in a car accident, I encourage you to reach out to me. As a firm that specializes in personal injury and car accident cases, we can help you get your life back on track with as little difficulty as possible.
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