William W. Morgan and Associates of Oregon

Our law firm specializes in and handles only Oregon personal injury cases. For over 30 years, William Morgan & Associates has represented people following personal injury accidents, or wrongful death cases, and successfully accomplished thousands of verdicts and settlements maximizing our clients’ personal injury claims. Call to find out if we can help you. William Morgan and Associates are experienced trial lawyers who have successfully handled numerous cases of personal injury, wrongful death, medical malpractice and negligence.

Safety Tips for Holiday Driving

Before you start your trip, make sure your vehicle is tuned up and in good shape for travel. This is especially important for winter driving conditions.

Restrain yourself and your passengers properly in seat belts and car safety seats. Remember, the rear seat is the safest place for children of any age to ride.

Be flexible in setting your travel plans. Leave early if you can to avoid the peak traffic hours. If snow is predicted during the time you plan to travel, change your schedule. It is better to reschedule your get-together than to risk the lives of traveling family or friends.

Stay fresh and alert when driving. Take plenty of breaks and do not push yourself to meet an unrealistic schedule. If you get tired, pull off the road into a rest area or business, get out of the car for some fresh air, buy something to refresh you, or just relax until you feel revived. If that doesn’t work, find a motel or campground where you can spend the night. Forty-one percent of fatal traffic accidents are single vehicle crashes. These crashes most often occur during the late night early morning hours and the late afternoon hours to drivers who are tired, have consumed alcohol, or both.

Keep your speed down. Give yourself plenty of time and distance to react to the traffic around you. Let impatient and aggressive drivers pass you or go through the intersection ahead of you so that you control the situation.

Do not pass if you cannot see enough clear road to pass safely.

If there will be drinking at your holiday get-together, choose a designated driver who will remain alcohol free.

Because driving requires your full attention, pull off the road if you have to use your cellular phone.

Meeting with your Personal Injury Lawyer

If you have been injured in an accident or have suffered an injury due to the negligence of another, it is important to meet with an attorney to discuss your rights and options. Before the initial meeting, gather documents and other information regarding the incident that caused your injury. Bring this information with you to give your attorney.

Here is a list of information we would like to review with you:

  • Date, time, location of the accident
  • Any information you may have about the other driver in the accident, pedestrians or witnesses (including the witness’ name, address, phone number, and location at the time of the accident and/or description of what they saw)
  • Make/model/color of the other car, license plate number, etc
  • Information exchanged at the time of the accident, including names, contact information from the other party or witnesses or any correspondence with any of the parties after the accident
  • Information you gave the police at the time of the accident, including the police report
  • Traffic tickets related to the accident
  • Photographs of any damage caused by the accident
  • The other driver’s insurance company information, including claim number and policy number
  • Name and contact information for your insurance company, insurance agent and any other insurance representatives you have talked to
  • A copy of your accident report
  • Name and address of the ambulance company
  • Name and address of the hospital, doctors or chiropractors that examined you
  • Dates you were unable to work due to your injuries
  • Documentation of lost wages
  • Health insurance documents, including your policy or coverage information
  • Copies of any correspondence you have had with your insurance company, including letters, emails, etc.
  • Medical bills
  • Receipts for anything you’ve had to buy or fix because of your injuries
  • Any statements you may have given to your insurance company or the other party’s insurance company

“I’ve been in an accident, what do I do now?”

If you or a member of your family has been involved in an auto accident, trucking accident or motorcycle accident, there are some steps you should take to protect your current and future ability to ensure auto insurance coverage compensation and benefits you are entitled to for any injuries you may have sustained.

  • Collect all possible information about the accident.
  • Get the name and phone number of any witness.
  • Write down a description of the events immediately preceding and following the car accident.  Memories fade and a written record can help remind you of the exact order of events.
  • Take photographs of the scene, damage to the vehicles, and any visible injuries.
  • If you have been injured, make sure you visit a doctor.  Follow the doctor’s advice and obtain all recommended and necessary medical treatments.
  • Report all injuries even if they are minor. Having a record of the injury will increase your chances of financial recovery if your medical condition worsens.
  • You may be required to report the accident to the DMV.  Contact Morgan & Associates to better understand your rights and responsibilities regarding Oregon DMV requirements.
  • Do not sign any documents presented to you by any insurance company – even your own insurance company – before consulting an attorney trained to represent your rights.
  • Seek out an experienced and qualified personal injury or auto accident attorney.  We would be happy to discuss your situation here at Morgan & Associates.  The initial consultation is free.