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 usually 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 many accidents.
Accident Statistics in Oregon
- 28,647 non-fatal car accidents
- 410 car accidents with fatalities
- 41, 675 car accidents with injuries
Car accidents 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.
Accidents Don’t Just Include Those Inside of Cars
Car accidents 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 for failure to use a crosswalk, not paying attention to traffic signals, and many other situations.
Common Causes Made by Cyclists
As with pedestrians, cyclists can be victims of auto accidents. Cyclists are also required follow traffic signals and stop signs, and they should also ride in the direction of traffic while on the shoulder of the road.
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.