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.

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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.


 Want to Learn More About Car Accident Laws in Oregon?


Read our blogs about the Distracted Driving Law, How to Get Your Bills Paid after You’ve been Injured in a Car Accident, or How to Report an Accident to the Oregon DMV

Car window being shattered during an accident.


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.


Contact us for more information or to set up a free consultation.