Portland Lawyer Representing Victims of Side-Impact Accidents
Side-impact crashes accounted for 25 percent of all fatalities among passenger vehicle occupants in 2013. Side-impact accidents are common at intersections and often involve negligent drivers. Side-impact collisions, also known as T-bone collisions, are typically caused when a negligent driver ignores a stoplight or stop sign and collides with a car that has the right of way. If you have been involved in a side-impact crash and suffered injuries as a result, you need an attorney to protect your rights.
Understanding Your Accident
Dealing with an insurance company after an accident can be an impersonal, even insulting experience. Your injuries and their impact on your life are not expressed in a table or graph. The more serious the injury, the more important it is to find a lawyer who can take on the insurance company to get you proper compensation.
After nearly a decade working inside the insurance industry as in-house counsel, Sarah Nelson knows what makes these companies tick. She will take the time to understand your accident to make the best possible case for full compensation. If you are not being offered the money you deserve, she knows how to push the insurance company to treat you fairly. If a fair settlement is not available, she has the experience and skill to take your case to trial.
The Mechanics of a Side-Impact Collision
One of the keys to getting the result you want is being able to show that you were not at fault for your accident. The negligence of the other driver involved must be proven to get you full compensation. These accidents may be caused by a distracted or tired driver, or someone who doesn’t understand right of way rules. We have the skill to prove who was at fault in your accident.
Once the other party’s liability is established, we must be able to show what damage you suffered in the accident. In these accidents, the force of the impact can cause a person’s head to shake violently from side to side, leading to serious neck, back or spine injuries. It is also common for a car struck from the side to spin out of control or roll over, leading to other injuries. Proving damages takes a skilled Oregon personal injury lawyer who knows what experts to hire and how to persuade the insurance company that it should settle before trial.
We have the resources to investigate your accident to understand exactly what happened. We can gather the evidence to show exactly how your injury has changed your life. As an accomplished trial lawyer who has taken more than 100 cases to trial or arbitration, Sarah Nelson is fully prepared to take your case to trial if necessary. Her intensive preparation often leads to favorable settlements for her clients.