Portland Pedestrian Accident Lawyer

If you’ve been injured in a pedestrian accident, you have the right to pursue justice and compensation for the harm you’ve suffered. Skilled Portland pedestrian accident lawyer Todd Newlin is determined to see that you get both.

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Newlin Law Offices: Protecting Pedestrian Accident Victims in Portland

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The legal professionals at Newlin Law Offices understand that behind each case, there’s a person who has faced pain, trauma, and uncertainty. That’s why we strive to be not just attorneys but compassionate advocates focused on your well-being.

We’re prepared to stand by your side, shield you from legal challenges, and fight relentlessly for your rights. When your life takes an unexpected turn due to a pedestrian accident, we’re here to provide unwavering support, empathy, and a personalized touch to guide you through trying times.

Our dedication extends beyond the courtroom. It's about restoring hope, rebuilding lives, and ensuring that you have the resources and support you need to move on from your injuries. With Newlin Law Offices, you aren’t just a client — you're family, and your journey to recovery is our top priority.

Oregon Pedestrian Accidents Statistics

Pedestrian safety is a major concern in Oregon, and especially in Portland, as highlighted by these key points:

  • High Fatality Rate: Pedestrians make up roughly 40% of traffic deaths in Portland (2018–2022) despite being a small part of the commuting population.
  • Geographical Disparities: East Portland sees nearly double the number of pedestrian deaths per capita than the rest of the city.
  • Common Crash Locations:
    • 71% at intersections, with 44% at signalized ones.
    • 20% involve left-turning drivers failing to yield.
    • 25% occur mid-block due to sparsely marked crossings
  • Low-Light Crashes: Nearly half of pedestrian crashes happen in low-light conditions.

Statistics like these demonstrate the importance of both cautious commuting to minimize the risk of accidents and seeking the aid of a personal injury attorney when unavoidable accidents occur.

Pedestrian Accident Cases We Handle

The experienced team at Newlin Law Offices proudly provides legal support and guidance to pedestrian accident victims throughout Portland. These accidents can result from various circumstances, and each case is unique. Here are some of the most common types of cases we handle.

Crosswalk Accidents

Crosswalks are designed to enable safe passage for pedestrians. When drivers fail to yield the right-of-way to pedestrians in crosswalks, accidents can occur.

Intersection Collisions

Pedestrian accidents are a frequent occurrence at intersections. Negligent drivers running red lights or failing to stop at stop signs can cause serious harm to pedestrians.

Hit-and-Run Incidents

It can be challenging to identify the responsible party in cases where a driver flees the scene of an accident. We work diligently to investigate hit-and-run incidents and explore all available avenues for compensation.

Drunk Driving Accidents

Impaired drivers pose a significant risk to pedestrians. If you've been injured by a drunk driver while on foot, our team is here to support you in pursuing a claim against the negligent motorist.

Distracted Driving Accidents

With the rise of smartphones and other distractions, pedestrian accidents related to distracted driving have become far more common. We help victims hold distracted drivers accountable for their actions.

School Zone Accidents

Accidents involving children in school zones require special attention and care. Our Portland pedestrian accident attorney understands the unique challenges these cases present and how to secure the compensation needed for recovery.

Elderly Pedestrian Accidents

Elderly pedestrians may be at a higher risk of injury in accidents due to their physical vulnerability. We provide compassionate representation for older individuals hurt in pedestrian accidents.

Bicycle-Pedestrian Collisions

Accidents involving bicycles and pedestrians can cause considerable harm. We handle cases where pedestrians have been injured by cyclists, working to ensure fair compensation and accountability.

Parking Lot Accidents

Pedestrian accidents can occur in parking lots when drivers fail to exercise caution. We assist victims involved in such accidents in pursuing claims for their injuries.

Sideswipe Accidents

Sideswipe accidents involving pedestrians can cause major injuries. Our legal team helps restore victims of sideswipe accidents so they can deal with these injuries.

Loss-of-Control Accidents

Sometimes, accidents occur when a driver loses control of their vehicle and strikes a pedestrian. Victims of these accidents need reliable representation, and Newlin Law Offices provides it.

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Common Injuries Sustained in Pedestrian Accidents


Pedestrian accidents can result in severe and even life-altering injuries due to the inherent vulnerability of those on foot who are struck by motor vehicles. At Newlin Law Offices, we’ve seen the devastating consequences that these accidents can have on victims and their families. 

If you've been involved in a pedestrian accident in Portland, it's crucial to understand the types of injuries that may occur. The following types of injuries are all common outcomes of pedestrian accidents.

Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI)

Pedestrians are at risk of suffering traumatic brain injuries when their heads impact the ground, the colliding vehicle, or other objects during an accident. TBIs can range from mild concussions to severe and permanent brain damage.

Spinal Cord Injuries

In accidents where the force affects the spine, pedestrians may sustain spinal cord injuries. This damage can lead to partial or complete paralysis, affecting the victim’s mobility and overall quality of life.

Fractures and Broken Bones

Pedestrian accident victims frequently suffer fractures and broken bones in various parts of their bodies, including the arms, legs, hips, and pelvis, upon impact with a vehicle or the ground.

Internal Organ Damage

The force of a collision can easily cause internal injuries, including damage to organs like the liver, spleen, or kidneys. These injuries may require surgical intervention and ongoing medical care.

Soft Tissue Injuries

Soft tissue injuries encompass a range of injuries to the muscles, tendons, and ligaments. These conditions can be painful and may require extensive surgery or physical therapy.

Lacerations, Abrasions, and Bruises

Pedestrians often sustain cuts, scrapes, and bruises from contact with speeding vehicles, road surfaces, or other nearby objects. While less severe than some injuries, they can still lead to scarring and occasional medical complications.

Emotional Trauma

Pedestrian accidents can also give rise to emotional trauma, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, and depression. These emotional injuries can have a major impact on a victim's overall sense of well-being.

Wrongful Death

Tragically, some pedestrian accidents result in fatalities. When someone is killed in a pedestrian accident, their surviving family members may be able to pursue a wrongful death claim to seek compensation for their loss.

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What Damages Can I Recover in a Pedestrian Accident Case?

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Economic Damages

Economic damages are designed to offset the financial repercussions of an accident. They can include:

  • Medical Expenses: Compensation for past and future medical bills related to your injuries, such as hospital stays, surgeries, doctor's appointments, medication, physical therapy, and assistive devices.
  • Lost Wages: If your injuries prevent you from working, you can seek compensation for the income you've lost and any potential future earnings that have been affected.
  • Property Damage: If personal property (e.g., clothing, electronics) was damaged in the accident, you may be eligible for reimbursement or replacement costs.
  • Rehabilitation Costs: Covers expenses for ongoing therapies, such as physical therapy, occupational therapy, or psychological counseling.

Calculating these damages tends to be fairly straightforward, provided there are records showing the various expenses the victim has incurred.

Non-Economic Damages

Non-economic damages are meant to compensate for effects that are intangible and difficult to quantify but nonetheless create demonstrable hardship in the victim’s life. Notable examples include:

  • Pain and Suffering: Provides compensation for the physical and emotional distress you've endured due to the accident and your injuries.
  • Emotional Distress: This may include damages for emotional trauma, anxiety, depression, or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) resulting from the accident.
  • Loss of Enjoyment of Life: If your injuries have diminished your quality of life or ability to participate in activities you once enjoyed, you can seek compensation for this loss.

A qualified accident attorney can assess your situation and give you a better idea of the type and amount of non-economic damages you stand to recover.

Punitive Damages

In rare cases where the at-fault party's conduct was particularly reckless, malicious, or egregious, the court may award punitive damages. These are intended to punish the responsible party and serve as a warning against similar behavior.

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Understanding Comparative Negligence in Pedestrian Accidents in Oregon

Pedestrian accidents are often complex, and determining fault can be a nuanced process. Oregon follows a comparative negligence system, which means that even if you were partially at fault for the accident, you may still be eligible to recover damages, albeit potentially reduced. Here's what you need to know about comparative negligence in pedestrian accidents.

As outlined in ORS § 31.600, comparative negligence means that fault can be allocated among multiple parties involved in an accident. This potentially includes pedestrians, drivers, and third parties.

When assessing liability, the court or insurance adjuster will assign a percentage of fault to each party involved. For pedestrians, this could mean weighing factors like jaywalking, crossing against a signal, or being inattentive to traffic.

If, as a pedestrian, you’re found to share some degree of fault for the accident, your compensation may be reduced proportionally to your percentage of fault. For example, if you were deemed 20% at fault and your total damages were $100,000, you might be eligible to recover $80,000.

It’s important to note that Oregon follows the modified comparative negligence rule, which means that other parties must be more than 50% liable (meaning you need to be less than 50% at fault) for you to seek compensation for the portion of damages attributed to the other party.

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How Our Pedestrian Accident Lawyer Can Help You

Attorney Todd Newlin, founder of Newlin Law Offices, is dedicated to providing comprehensive legal support in your time of need. He and his team understand the unique challenges pedestrian accident victims face and are here to offer aid and comfort. Here's how we can help.

  • Case Evaluation: We offer a free consultation during which we’ll analyze the circumstances of your case and provide honest feedback.
  • Legal Insight: Our team has much experience with pedestrian accident cases and in-depth knowledge of Oregon’s relevant laws.
  • Comprehensive Investigation: We’ll conduct a thorough investigation into your accident, gathering evidence and working with experts when needed.
  • Insurance Negotiation: We’ll handle negotiations with the insurance companies to secure fair compensation while you focus on recovering.
  • Documentation and Filing: Our team will manage all the required paperwork and legal documentation.
  • Litigation: We’re prepared to stand with you in court if necessary.

If you've been injured in a pedestrian accident in Portland, contact us for a no-obligation case review. Your rights and well-being are our top priorities, and we’re ready to do what it takes to defend them.

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Why Choose Our Portland Pedestrian Accident Attorney?

When seeking legal representation following a pedestrian accident, it's vital to choose an attorney who will fiercely advocate for your rights and well-being. Here are a few reasons you should consider partnering with the team at Newlin Law Offices.

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    No Fees Unless You Win

    We oversee pedestrian accident cases on a contingency fee basis. That means you won't pay any legal fees unless we obtain compensation for you.

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    Proven Experience

    Attorney Newlin has extensive experience handling pedestrian accident cases. This background makes him intimately familiar with Oregon's laws and legal procedures.

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    Impressive Track Record

    We have a long history of successfully securing compensation for our clients, with a focus on maximizing their awards and accelerating their recoveries.

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    Personalized Attention

    We treat every client with the utmost care and respect, recognizing their individual circumstances, struggles, and wishes. You aren’t just a client to us — you’re family.

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    Strategic Approach

    We take the time to develop tailored strategies for each case, which makes it possible for us to address your specific needs and concerns.

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 Pedestrian Accidents

  • If you’re involved in a collision with a driver or cyclist while on foot, it’s crucial to take the following steps:

    1. Seek immediate medical attention for your injuries.
    2. Report the accident to the police.
    3. Get the other party’s contact and insurance details.
    4. Identify witnesses and collect their contact information.
    5. Document the accident scene with photos or videos if possible.
    6. Consult an experienced pedestrian accident attorney to build a strong case.

    The last step is particularly important, as the at-fault party’s insurer likely won’t make you a fair settlement offer in the interest of protecting their profits.

  • The veteran legal team at Newlin Law Offices works on a contingency fee basis — in other words, you only pay if we win your case. Our fee is a percentage of the total compensation we obtain for you, so there are no upfront costs or hourly fees.

  • In Oregon, the statute of limitations for filing a personal injury lawsuit, including those centered around pedestrian accidents, is generally two years from the date of the accident. You must act promptly to ensure that your claim is filed within this timeframe.

  • Always be cautious when dealing with the other party’s insurer. Never provide recorded statements without legal representation, and avoid accepting any settlement offers without first consulting your attorney. Notify your attorney about the insurance company's efforts to communicate to protect your rights and the strengths of your case.