More Oregonians are Dying in Car Crashes this Year, Compared to 2014

More Oregonians are Dying in Car Crashes this Year, Compared to 2014

Oregon roads are more dangerous this year ending on September 23rd than last year. The state saw a 31% increase in traffic fatalities since the period the year before. This year there were 312 traffic fatalities as compared to 238 last year. Motorcycle deaths soared to a 15% increase to 46. Pedestrian accidents saw the […]

A Wrongful Death Lawsuit is a Commitment – Are You Ready?

A Wrongful Death Lawsuit is a Commitment – Are You Ready?

You may be surprised to hear this from a lawyer who focuses on personal injury and wrongful death claims, but a wrongful death claim is NOT for everyone. It will require a commitment of both time and energy – probably yours – to bring a wrongful death lawsuit. We write “probably yours,” because it is the […]

Crosswalk Safety Every Pedestrian and Driver Should Know

Crosswalk Safety Every Pedestrian and Driver Should Know

  Some people get confused when a well-marked crosswalk (sometimes called “zebra-stripped”) also has a traffic signal because they think that cars must stop for pedestrians in a crosswalk.  However, when there is a cross walk AND a signal, a pedestrian must obey the signal.  If not, he/she commits the offense of failure to yield […]

Portland Bike Commuting Reaches a New High, Public Transit Stays the Same
What is the Role of the Personal Representative?

What is the Role of the Personal Representative?

Even if you are not considering hiring a professional, thought still must be put into who should be the PR. For example, if a woman dies leaving behind a husband and two children, ages 19 and 21, which of the three would make the best PR? One of the children may get more sympathy from […]

Hiring a Lawyer or Other Professional to Serve as Personal Representative

Hiring a Lawyer or Other Professional to Serve as Personal Representative

Sometimes a judge may appoint a personal representative who is not a beneficiary. When this happens, the person appointed is usually a professional who does this sort of thing for a living, often a lawyer. Because it’s a job, the person gets paid. This is usually done when the only beneficiaries are all under 18, […]

Tips to Avoiding Construction Zone Car Accidents

Tips to Avoiding Construction Zone Car Accidents

Distracted drivers are responsible for more than a dozen deaths on American roads every day, and Portland personal injury attorneys have noted that construction zone car accidents are especially perilous places for drivers to be taking on cell phones or worse, texting. The prevention of construction zone car accidents is purely dependent on drivers being […]

How the Personal Representative is Chosen in Wrongful Death Lawsuit

How the Personal Representative is Chosen in Wrongful Death Lawsuit

The personal representative has to be approved by a judge. Usually, all of the beneficiaries will agree upon one of them to be the personal representative. There is a specific order that the law states (ORS 113.085) is the preferred way to choose a P.R. Here is the order: Executor named in a will Spouse […]