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According to the 2019 Roadmap of State Highway Safety Laws, in 2017 the cost of motor vehicle accidents in Oregon was 1.768 billion and 437 people died in accidents that year.

Car accident lawyer Gary R. Johnson brings a unique set of skills when trying these types of cases. Having represented insurance companies in the past, Gary intimately understands how insurance companies work. He now uses this experience to better advocate for those injured in auto accidents.

Gary is a very thorough car accident lawyer. He works for you so your rights are not violated. He will email you copies so you’re not constantly running to his office. He has your best interest at heart – he actually cares about people. Matter of fact, my daughter just retained his services over a car wreck. Don’t let insurance companies take advantage of you!! Hire Gary and he won’t let them.”

– Heidi, Avvo Review

Five Things to Know If You’ve Been in a Car Accident

Car accident lawyer Gary R. Johnson has the experience and know-how to guide you through the challenges after you have been injured in an auto accident.

Here is what to do if you’ve been in a car accident:

1. Call the Police and Take Photos of:

  • Any damage to the vehicle(s)
  • The vehicles’ surrounding location
  • Debris on the road and at the scene

If you are unable to take photos, ask someone else to do it for you.

You may have to file a report with the Oregon DMV. Read How to Report an Accident to the Oregon DMV to see if one is required.

2. Contact a Car Accident Lawyer ASAP

It’s a good idea to contact an insurance claim attorney early in the process so they can advise you on how to proceed. We do not charge for talking with prospective clients, so contact us today.

3. Get Your Medical Bills Paid

Seek medical treatment and follow your doctor’s orders. Your auto insurance company will most likely pay for your accident-related medical expenses under your Personal Injury Protection or “PIP” insurance.

4. Get Reimbursed for Your Lost Income

Your auto insurance will also reimburse you for your lost income if your injuries prevent you from working for at least two weeks. For more information, read our related blog post.

5. Get Paid for Your Pain and Suffering

Set up a claim against the at-fault driver’s insurance company to get paid for your pain and suffering, and mental and emotional distress. The law calls this “non-economic damages.”

Gary only handles car accidents that occur in Bend and Central Oregon so he can personally investigate the accident and meet with his clients. As a savvy car insurance claim attorney, he has tried and won many car accident lawsuits in Central Oregon and knows how much local juries typically award.

The G.R. Johnson Law firm does not charge to talk with prospective clients.

Want to Learn More About Car Accident Laws in Oregon?

Oregon Statute of Limitations for Personal Injury Claims

Every state, including Oregon, has a deadline to file a lawsuit for personal injury damages called the statute of limitations. If you don’t hire a lawyer to file a lawsuit on your personal injury claim soon enough, your claim will be barred forever.
Oregon Statute of Limitations for Personal Injury Claims

Traumatic Brain Injuries: What You Need to Know

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a general term, typically associated with a closed head injury. It is also commonly referred to as a concussion. In most cases, a car crash or a sports injury are the root causes. In my years as a TBI attorney, I’ve seen my share of cases, and here’s what I’ve learned.
Doctor assessing a traumatic brain injury

How to Submit Medical Bills to An Auto Insurance in Oregon

As a car accident lawyer in Bend, Oregon, I hear stories about automotive mishaps all day long. One of the most frequently asked questions is always: “how to submit medical bills to an auto insurance if I’ve been injured in an accident”? I’ll guide you with this blog post. There are some definite steps to observe. Here’s your easy guide.
Learn how to submit medical bills to auto insurance after an accident

The Skinny on Oregon’s Distracted Driving Law for Texting & Mobile Phone Use

On October 1, 2017, the Oregon Distracted Driving Law came into full effect on its streets and highways. A November 2019 study, comparing the nation’s texting-while-driving laws, concluded that Oregon now has the strictest rules in place in the US. Let’s look at exactly what the law allows – and doesn’t allow.
man looking at phone, ignoring oregon's distracted driving law