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Oregon Personal injury lawyers help level the playing field.
When you have been injured, your insurance company is not in the role to help you.
Sure, you pay for insurance, by law, and hopefully you take extra precaution and do have plenty of insurance, but that isn't enough. Your insurance company is out to make money for their shareholders. Your insurance company makes money for their shareholders by not giving you the compensation you deserve.
Before you accept any offer from your insurance company, make sure you talk to an experienced personal injury lawyer first. Within a few minutes I can help you understand whether the offer you have from your insurance company is fair.
Usually, insurance companies only offer fair settlements with the threat of a lawsuit. This usually means that you have a lawyer with the reputation and track record of trial and jury verdicts. Not all cases go to trial, but without the threat of a lawyer who will take your case to trial, your insurance company is not likely to offer you a fair settlement, expecting that you or a lawyer who does not try cases will simply accept any offer.
Why we need personal injury lawyers.
When corporations like insurance companies, or companies that sell dangerous and defective products only care about their profits, you need a personal injury lawyer who can help level the playing field between the powerful corporation and the lonely individual. Otherwise, you have corporations selling you dangerous products, with no oversite, or testing bad design on paying public, who get seriously injured or killed in the process. In Oregon, we have our Oregon Attorney General office working to protect consumers.
The list of dangerous vehicles is long. Personal injury lawyers have long pushed for information and data on what is really happening. Ralph Nader and the Pinto. Present day Center For Auto Safety and their work in the GM Cobalt ignition recalls helping bring this dangerous problem into the public light that GM knew about this dangerous problem with Cobalt igitions. Remember the Prius cars that supposedly 'ran away' and the massive recalls. Consclusions varied from run away to sticky accelerator to rugs, and then NASA conducted safety research on behalf of the NHTSA in order to determine what was happening with the computer system components within these Prius cars.
Chevy Volt now are raising a new concern, (December 2, 2011) Chevy Volt fires raise question: are electric cars good for the environment AND safe? The incident that caught the attention of many was actually a Volt which was being used for crash safety by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) and caught fire three weeks after the Volt was in a side impact crash study, "Volt that was crash-tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration burst into flames in June, three weeks after it had been crash tested. It was sitting out in the weather with other smashed cars and the battery had not been removed."
Without the threat of personal injury lawyers, there would be no pressure on car rental companies who routinely rent recalled vehicles in spite of the fact that many have died in a rental car due to the safety defect that a car was recalled for. "Raechel and Jacqueline Houck died in a fiery 2004 crash in a rental car that "was essentially a ticking time bomb," their mother, Cally Houck, says."
Enterprise admitted liability, and Houck was awarded $15 million in damages by a jury two years ago. She says she will keep fighting to improve auto-rental safety until Congress makes the industry adhere to federal safety regulations. "The rental car industry is the single largest purchaser of new cars, and the single largest source of used cars in North America, yet they have escaped all regulation and oversight from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)," Houck says.
Chevy Cobalt and GM recalls of 2014 latest example of corporations putting profit over human life. Keep on top of this issue from the Center For Auto Safety page following the GM recall.
From NBC News 4/16/14: Did GM Reject Safer Ignition Switch Design in 2001 Because of Cost?
The new allegation against GM came Wednesday morning in a joint letter to GM CEO Mary Barra from Clarence Ditlow, executive director of the Center for Auto Safety, and Joan Claybrook, former administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and former executive director of Public Citizen, a nonprofit consumer advocacy organization.
In the letter, Ditlow and Claybrook say that "obscure but 'smoking gun'" documents released last week "paint a tragic picture of the cost culture and cover-up at General Motors."
"We now know, from Engineering Drawings and Documents submitted to the U.S. Congress by General Motors, the company created two competing designs for the ignition switch on the 2003 Saturn Ion and later models including the Chevrolet Cobalt and other recalled vehicles," it says. "But GM chose to use the ignition switch that would fail as your customers were driving innocently on the highway."
In an interview, Ditlow told NBC News that, based on his 40 years experience in the auto industry reading engineering and cost documents, he can reach no other conclusion other than that GM opted for the shorter part because of the price.
Learn more: in this investigative video series of 3 parts, see why you need Oregon personal injury lawyers to help you after a serious accident injury (parts one and two). And Part 3: Follow up: Insurance Companies Earn Record Profits While They Fight Paying Billions in Injury Claims. Insurance companies are not on your side, they routinely delay, deny, and defend not helping you and spend record amounts of money to fight tougher public laws to oversee their business practices. These are very good invetigative journalism. You will understand why you need Oregon personal injury lawyers who are on your side.