There were over six million auto crashes in the U.S. in 2005. The cost of these accidents to consumers was over 230 billion dollars. As experienced Portland auto accident lawyers, we see daily the devastation and loss these accidents cause. With that in mind, we always encourage our clients to practice safe driving skills so that they can protect themselves as much as possible.
Most car crashes are caused by driver error. The NHTSA suggests that driver inattention causes as many as 10,000 deaths per year. In the Portland metro area, you will see lots of drivers who are distracted. Whether they're talking on the cell phone, eating, drinking, or just fiddling with the radio, they pose a danger to the drivers around them as well as their own passengers.
When you're driving on a long trip or simply commuting around the Portland area, you can practice safe driving by tuning the radio and finishing your meal before you get behind the wheel. Many drivers are beginning to turn off their cell phones in order to prevent driving distractions.
If you find yourself injured as the result of an auto accident, we can give you a free no-obligation consultation. We'll walk you through the information on damages that should be available to you based on Portland law. For more information, call Portland auto accident lawyer, Todd Peterson, at (503) 280-0888. We serve clients in both Oregon and southern Washington.