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In the aftermath of a devastating drunk driving accident in Portland, you don't need just a lawyer — you need a compassionate ally who understands your pain, fears, and hopes. Newlin Law Offices can provide that unwavering support. Contact us today to start your case and pursue just compensation.

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Our legal team is dedicated to supporting you during one of the most challenging chapters in your life: recovering from a drunk driving accident. We understand the physical and emotional toll such an accident can take, and we’ll do everything we can to get you the assistance you need to move on.

Our commitment goes beyond mere legal knowledge. We see you as an individual with unique experiences and needs, not just a case number. With an intimate knowledge of Oregon's drunk driving accident laws, we craft personalized strategies that address our clients’ concerns with empathy and care.

We're here to guide you through the complexities of drunk driving accident cases and secure the compensation you rightfully deserve. We aim to ensure that drunk drivers are held accountable for their actions.

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Understanding Drunk Driving Accidents and Laws in Portland, Oregon

Drunk driving accidents are a significant concern in Portland, reflecting the sobering statistics observed at a statewide level.

In 2019, Oregon recorded 167 fatalities due to alcohol-impaired driving, a figure that starkly highlights the dangers of driving under the influence. These incidents accounted for 34.2% of all traffic fatalities in the state, a rate that’s notably higher than the national average of 28.1%.

Understanding the legal processes that ensue after a drunk driving accident is crucial. These can encompass both criminal and civil actions, each of which serves distinct purposes and offers the promise of different forms of compensation.

Criminal Cases

Criminal Cases

Criminal cases are a common consequence of drunk driving incidents. They commence when a police officer detects signs of impaired driving. An investigation follows that involves questioning, field sobriety tests, and assessments of the driver's blood alcohol content (BAC). In Oregon, any motorist with a BAC over .08 is considered impaired.

If the driver were discovered operating their vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol, they'd likely face criminal charges, such as DUII. Additional charges like criminal mischief and assault may be added for property damage and injuries.

The severity of these charges varies from misdemeanors to felonies, based on factors like injury extent and the driver's criminal history. As an accident victim, you'll be informed about the charges and listed as a witness, and you may be called upon to provide additional information.

Civil Cases

Civil Cases

In Oregon, the injured party in an accident involving negligence has the right to bring a civil case. Civil court deals with financial matters, allowing you to seek compensation for the losses you’ve experienced, including pain and suffering.

Damages in a civil lawsuit are intended to cover medical expenses, future healthcare costs, wage losses, property damages, emotional distress, and, in certain cases, punitive damages. In this way, a civil case offers a path to recover the full extent of your financial losses.

While criminal restitution is limited and excludes pain and suffering, a civil case ensures that you receive comprehensive compensation, including for the emotional toll of the accident.

Civil lawsuits must be handled prudently to succeed. It’s therefore essential to work with a qualified drunk driving accident attorney to secure fair and adequate compensation.

Oregon Dram Shop Law

Oregon's dram shop law (ORS 471.565) holds establishments liable for serving alcohol to visibly intoxicated individuals who subsequently cause accidents. This law aims to reduce drunk driving accidents by placing responsibility on establishments that over-serve patrons.

In Oregon, if a person sustains injuries or property damage due to the actions of a visibly intoxicated individual, they may pursue a civil claim against the establishment that served the alcohol.

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How Much Is My Portland DUII Accident Case Worth?

Determining the potential worth of your DUII accident case in Portland involves weighing numerous factors.

While Oregon operates on an "at-fault" system for car insurance, it also mandates Personal Injury Protection (PIP) coverage. PIP offers some relief in the aftermath of an accident, regardless of fault, but it may not fully represent your claim's value. Notably, PIP doesn't cover non-economic damages like pain and suffering.

Any or all of the following factors may influence the value of your case:

  • Severity of Injuries: The nature and extent of your injuries will play a crucial role in assessing your case's value
  • Lost Wages: If the accident caused you to miss work, your claim may be worth more
  • Medical Recovery: The likelihood of a full medical recovery will likely impact your total compensation
  • Availability of Evidence: The strength and availability of evidence supporting your claim are vital

To arrive at an accurate estimate of your case's worth, it’s recommended that you set up a no-cost consultation with our experienced Portland car accident attorney.

What Compensation Can I Seek in an Oregon Drunk Driving Accident Case?

What Compensation Can I Seek in an Oregon Drunk Driving Accident Case?

If you’ve been injured by a drunk driver, you may be eligible to seek various types of compensation, which can include:

  • Medical Expenses: You can seek repayment for all medical costs related to the accident, including hospital bills, surgery, medication, physical therapy, and ongoing medical treatment
  • Lost Wages: If the accident caused you to miss work or resulted in a reduced earning capacity, you can seek compensation for lost wages and potential future income losses
  • Property Damage: You can claim the cost of repairing or replacing your damaged vehicle, along with any personal property damaged in the accident
  • Pain and Suffering: You may be entitled to financial restitution for physical pain, emotional suffering, and mental distress resulting from the accident and your injuries
  • Wrongful Death Damages: If you lost a loved one in a drunk driving accident, you can pursue a wrongful death claim, which may provide compensation for funeral expenses, loss of financial support, and emotional distress
  • Punitive Damages: In cases of extreme negligence or intentional misconduct, the court may award punitive damages to punish the at-fault party
  • Rehabilitation Costs: If you require rehabilitation services, such as physical or occupational therapy, you can include these expenses in your claim
  • Loss of Consortium: In some cases, spouses or family members may seek compensation for the loss of companionship and support resulting from their loved one’s injuries

Seasoned personal injury attorney Todd Newlin can assess the strengths of your case, negotiate with the insurance companies, and, if necessary, pursue litigation to maximize your claim.

How We Can Help You with Your DUII Accident Claim?

How We Can Help You with Your DUII Accident Claim?

Newlin Law Offices can assist you with your drunk driver accident claim in several ways:

  • Trustworthy Legal Guidance: Our experienced team is skilled in DUII accident claims and can offer much-needed guidance throughout the legal process
  • Comprehensive Investigation: We’ll conduct a thorough investigation to gather evidence, establish liability, and build a strong case on your behalf
  • Skillful Negotiation: We can negotiate with the insurance companies to ensure that your compensation covers your medical bills, lost wages, and other expenses
  • Forceful Litigation: If necessary, we're prepared to take your case to court, fighting for your rights and interests at trial
  • Personalized Strategy: Your case is unique, so we’ll tailor our approach to your specific circumstances to make sure you get the best possible outcome
  • Emotional Support: Beyond our legal services, we offer ongoing emotional support and other resources, helping you deal with the various stresses and challenges of recovery
  • Timely Action: We're well-versed in Oregon's statutes of limitations, which means we can guarantee that your case is filed within the required timeframe

By entrusting your DUII accident claim to our Portland car accident attorneys, you can focus on your recovery while we work tirelessly to secure the compensation you deserve.

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Why Choose Newlin Law Offices?

We aren’t just a law firm — we’re steadfast legal advocates and allies, offering our clients a full range of benefits.

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    24/7 Availability

    We're here for you around the clock, ready to provide guidance when you need it most.

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    No Recovery, No Fee

    We operate on a contingency basis, which means you won’t pay a thing unless we successfully resolve your case.

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    Free Consultation

    Your claim will start with a complimentary case review, allowing you to understand and explore your options without any financial burden.

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    Personalized Approach

    We treat you as an individual with unique feelings, needs, and expectations, tailoring our legal strategies to suit your situation.

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    Deep Local Knowledge

    Our team's in-depth understanding of Oregon's DUII accident laws will ensure that you get informed and effective representation from start to finish.

Hear from Our Clients

  • I was referred to Todd after a car accident. I had not sought representation for auto incidents before. I had concerns about my physical health and how my insurance company was handling it. Todd was amazing.  He had me start medical treatment, and he handled everything. I was compensated and referred family members, friends, and everyone to Todd. He's helped me and the people I care about navigate getting the best support after an accident. Todd is the best!!

    Sarah Dunn
  • I am so grateful for Todd’s work in navigating the insurance claims after my van was rear ended.  The medical adjusters were calling me regularly while I was in treatment, which I found very overwhelming.  Once Todd took my case, he handled all the communications between my insurance and my medical providers, which relieved me of the weight of that responsibility and gave me the space to fully heal from the accident.  He clearly explained my rights under the laws of personal injury protection, and negotiated a settlement far exceeding what I could have done on my own.  I highly recommend his services to anyone who has experienced and auto accident.

    Rachel Stern
  • Todd helped me navigate the overwhelming steps of an auto accident. I was rear ended at a stop light, my car was totaled and I was taken to the ER. Post accident, it was hard to wrap my mind around anything and what needed to be done. Todd ensured that my health was priority and helped get me the treatment I needed. While I was able to focus on my rehabilitation, he took care of the insurance and dealt with the aftermath of what needed to be done. Though it was a stressful time, being able to rely on Todd to handle the claim and other legal matters was the biggest relief. He is extremely communicative, easy to reach and truly cared about my progress even when we settled. Forever thankful and would highly recommend.

    Lisa Harris
  • I was in a MVA and had no clue what to do with the insurance company or how anything worked. Todd walked me through everything step by step. There were no dumb questions and he gave excellent guidance. My insurance company turned out to be a massive pain in the butt and were horrible to work with. Todd was able to step in once that fact became apparent and was able to swiftly and successfully close my case that had been dragged out for 3 extra months by the insurance company. He and his staff are very knowledgeable and straight shooters. Overall wonderful to work with and his office is my first call if I need him in the future.

    Jack Agger
  • Todd is great at what he does and an amazing resource to anyone needing legal support for auto accidents. In 2015 I was injured as a result of an auto collision, and Todd was instrumental in ensuring I received medical care. His professionalism and dedication to the case was an immense relief to me, especially as someone who never had an accident before.

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FAQs About Portland Drunk Driving Cases

  • If you find yourself in a drunk driving accident, it’s crucial to take the following steps:

    1. Ensure Your Safety: Before you do anything else, check yourself for injuries and, if possible, move to a safe location.
    2. Call 911: Report the accident to the police immediately and request medical assistance if needed.
    3. Gather Information: Collect any information that might support your claim, such as the at-fault driver’s insurance info and contact details from witnesses.
    4. Document the Scene: Take photographs or videos of the accident scene, vehicle damage, and any visible signs of intoxication — such visual records can be valuable evidence.
    5. Seek Medical Attention: Even if you don't think you’re hurt, it's essential to see a doctor for a comprehensive medical evaluation, as some injuries may not be immediately apparent.
    6. Contact a Drunk Driving Accident Attorney: Reach out to an experienced attorney who’s well-versed in drunk driving accident cases to ensure that your rights are protected as you advance through the legal process.
    7. Notify Your Insurer: Call your insurance company to tell them about the accident, but exercise caution when discussing details; your personal injury attorney can handle all necessary communication with your insurer on your behalf.

    By following these important steps, you can protect both your well-being and your chances of successfully filing a claim for compensation.

  • In Oregon, the statute of limitations for filing a personal injury lawsuit, including one related to drunk driving, is generally two years from the date of the accident. It's critical to consult an attorney promptly to make sure you meet the filing deadline for your claim.

  • It’s always best to meet with an attorney before speaking with the at-fault driver's insurer. Insurance companies often try to minimize payouts, so having reliable legal guidance can help you protect your rights and avoid inadvertently undermining your claim.

  • If the drunk driver responsible for the accident is uninsured or underinsured, you may still have options. Your own insurance policy might include uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage, which can provide compensation for your injuries and damages. Speak with your personal injury lawyer to learn more about these options and navigate the claims process effectively.