Serious Portland Car Accident Results in Traumatic Injuries for Pedestrian
May 6, 2014
A Portland man is currently fighting for his life after sustaining traumatic injuries caused by a car accident that occurred early this morning. According to Portland law enforcement officials, the accident took place at approximately 4:30 am at 113th Avenue and Southeast Division Street. Traffic this morning on Division Street has been redirected through alternate routes as investigators continue to look into whether any type of negligence may have been involved in causing this collision.
Was Negligence Involved?
Although investigators have not yet disclosed the suspected causes of this accident or the precise nature of the pedestrian’s injuries, it’s possible that, as more evidence comes to light in this case, they may find that any combination of the follow factors contributed to this car versus pedestrian accident:
- Driver negligence – This may be the case if the driver was drunk, under the influence of drugs, distracted and/or fatigued at the time of the accident. Given that this collision occurred at 4:30 am, there is a significant likelihood that fatigued or intoxicated driving may have been involved.Additionally, driver negligence may have contributed to this accident if the driver was speeding, ran a red light or otherwise failed to obey traffic laws in the course of causing this accident.
- Pedestrian negligence – Although drivers are generally required to give pedestrians the right-of-way, it’s possible that pedestrian negligence (like, for instance, jaywalking, especially in areas where there are no crosswalks) may have been a factor in this accident.Whether the point of collision was specifically at the intersection or whether it may have occurred in a location without a crosswalk will be critical to determining whether pedestrian negligence may have played a role in this accident.
- Other negligence – If investigators find that the intersection signals were not working properly, that there wasn’t sufficient overhead lighting for nighttime drivers to see pedestrians or that other dangerous roadway conditions may have contributed to the accident, it may be possible for the city or county to be held accountable for compensating the injured pedestrian in this accident.
In cases like these, it’s crucial that injured people speak with an experienced car accident attorney to find out if they may have a claim to compensation for their medical bills, injuries and other losses.
Portland Car Accident Lawyers at the Savage Law Firm
Have you been hit by a car or involved in a pedestrian accident? If so, it’s time to learn more about your rights to compensation by consulting with the Portland car accident attorneys at the Savage Law Firm. For more than three decades, our dedicated lawyers have been devoted to providing each of our clients with personal attention, respect and the highest quality legal services.
We realize how devastating car versus pedestrian accidents can be, and our lawyers are here to aggressively defend injured people’s rights to both justice and compensation. While this means that our Portland car accident lawyers will work diligently to help our clients tell their stories in court, it also means that our attorneys and dedicated staff will vigorously stand up to insurers and others outside of the courtroom to ensure that our clients are able to obtain the settlements they deserve.
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