What Is “Causation” and How Does It Affect My Personal Injury Case?

We don’t use the word “causation” every day in our normal speech, but the concept of cause and effect routinely touches our lives. In fact, causation is an element that a plaintiff must prove in order to recover in a negligence case. In this article, we will discuss two important forms of legal causation, “cause in fact” and “proximate cause,” and how they can affect a personal injury case.

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Should I Buy Uninsured Motorist Insurance Coverage and What Does It Cover?

We guard against the death of a breadwinner by purchasing life insurance. Families protect themselves against costly medical treatment with health insurance. Homeowners insurance protects us against fires, storms, and other perils. And we protect ourselves from financial liability for automobile accidents by purchasing automobile liability insurance. In return, we hope that other drivers have also purchased liability insurance, so that they can meet their financial obligations to us for any damages that they negligently cause. But what if another driver has not purchased liability insurance and causes an accident? We’ll discuss that issue in this article.

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Which Traffic Violations and Conditions Lead to the Most Crashes and Injuries?

There are times that driving in Oregon and across America can be an eye-opening experience. Cars weave through interstate traffic like it’s a video game. Semi-trucks pass by at speeds that almost blow us into another lane. We watch drivers ignore road signs, traffic signals, and a whole variety of rules of the road. And, unfortunately, we witness traffic accidents. Some are minor, but some leave us frightened for those involved. More than 90 people die on American roads every day. According to Driver Knowledge, 6 million car accidents occur yearly, on average, and 3 million people are injured. Two million of these people unfortunately suffer permanent injury. In this article, we will look at some of the traffic violations and conditions that lead to the most crashes and personal injuries.

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How do Class Action Lawsuits Work?

Many people have enough familiarity with the legal system to understand the basic structure of a typical lawsuit. But what about class actions? It’s a species of legal action that most of us have heard or read about, but haven’t necessarily studied. In this article, we’ll explain the basics of what class action lawsuits are and how they work.

 

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Why Are Parked Semi-Trucks So Dangerous?

While the risks associated with a parked semi-truck may be subtler than the obvious concern related to a giant tractor-trailer truck barreling down the highway, don’t be fooled. A parked 18-wheeler creates very real dangers. In this article, we’ll talk about those dangers, along with some of the reasons they are proliferating.

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Understanding the Family Purpose Doctrine and When It Applies to Car Crashes

Most of us have heard some version of the old expression “the family that plays together stays together.” The message suggests what many people believe instinctively – that building bonds between family members can result in a sense of togetherness and support. While we agree that a family’s emotional bonds are important, what about legal bonds? Are there times when one member of a family should be legally responsible for the actions of another family member? In this article, we will explore this issue by discussing the applicability of the family purpose doctrine in Oregon.

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Is There a Difference Between Civil Negligence and Criminal Negligence?

In the legal world, the terms “negligent” and “negligence” are used frequently. Even non-lawyers probably hear the words often. For example, in this blog and other media, injured victims of wrongdoing are informed that the law provides to them a remedy for injuries caused by the negligence of others. Television, radio, and internet news outlets issue news reports about wrongful behavior leading to charges of criminal negligence. In both instances, the term “negligence” is used. But is there a difference between criminal negligence and civil negligence? In this article, we will answer that question.

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How Dangerous Is It to Ride a Bicycle on Public Streets?

Regardless of the motivation, it’s indisputable that there exist many passionate bicycle riders in Oregon and across the United States. And, of course, whether an adult or child, staying safe is always a primary goal. Which brings us to today’s blog topic – how dangerous is it to ride a bicycle on public streets?

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Does Oregon Recognize Cases for Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress?

Whether caused by intentional or unintentional acts, physical injuries have something in common: they are often clearly visible. Even when they’re not, they can be diagnosed and measured through objective means, such as x-rays, MRIs, and CT scans. But what about injuries that are mental or emotional in nature? They’re often not as openly and objectively visible as physical injuries to the body are, but can be just as devastating. So, when mental or emotional injuries are caused by the intentional acts of another, should the victim have the right to recover damages?

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Do Semi-Trucks and Other Big Trucks Ever Get Recalled?

One can only imagine the harm that could be inflicted by a defective tractor-trailer truck in operation on the roadways. In fact, semi-trucks and other large trucks are sometimes recalled for safety issues, just like other motor vehicles. In this article, we’ll look at a few important statistics and provide some examples of circumstances under which big trucks have been recalled.

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