Experienced Auto Accident Attorneys for Oregon and Washington
Motor Vehicle Collision: Facts
Motor Vehicle Collision: Preparedness
Why Adequate Coverage Is Important
How to Obtain Additional Coverage
Motor Vehicle Collision: Caution
To-Do List Following a Motor Vehicle Collision
- Pull your vehicle out of traffic.
- Get names, addresses, and phone numbers of witnesses, if any.
- Ask the driver and/or witnesses if they were texting, on the phone, otherwise distracted, or why they did not see you.
- Ask how fast they were going.
- Take photos of all involved vehicles at the scene.
- Exchange auto insurance details.
- File a DMV accident report immediately if someone is injured or your property damage is more than $2,500.
- Obtain at least two separate auto body repair estimates for your vehicle from your chosen repair shop and not necessarily the one recommended by your insurance provider or the at-fault driver’s insurer.
- If there is frame damage, your DMV title may be tagged, and you may file a diminished value claim. This is regardless of whether your vehicle is fully repaired, as this may affect the resale value of your car.
- Contact your insurance provider and request a claim number and an assigned claims representative. Notify your insurance agent as well.
- Do not give a recorded statement to any insurer representing the at-fault driver. You should also not fill out any medical authorizations for the other driver’s insurance company.
To-Do List If You Were Injured in a Motor Vehicle Collision
- Seek medical attention to address your injuries immediately.
- Avoid settling your case on your own if you are uncertain you are fully recovered from your injuries.
- Be aware that you have two years in Oregon and three years in Washington to file a lawsuit if necessary. It is also important to consult with a lawyer of your choice if your disability continues well before that deadline.