Portland Personal Injury Attorney Michael Colbach

If you're looking for a Clackamas County car accident attorney for your case, look no further than Michael A. Colbach.

Oregon Personal Injury Attorney with PROVEN RESULTS

  • 140 jury trials, 31 years of courtroom experience
  • Over 20 years dedicated to exclusively practicing personal injury law

Recent Results Include:

Free Consultations

Contact me to schedule a no obligation free case evaluation as soon as you are able. Even if you have already received an offer for your injuries, contact me and I will let you know if I think it is a fair offer.

Michael and his team are simply the best! My boyfriend and I were involved in a very serious MVA in 2021 having been hit by a drunk driver resulting in a total loss of our vehicle and multiple bodily injuries to each of us [...] Michael was very prepared for this and prepared us well also for the arbitration. I cannot recommend Michael and his team enough to anyone who finds themselves feeling unprepared to deal with all of the challenges, insurance companies, lawyers etc., which come from and with any type of motor vehicle accident!!-->More

former client review Stacy Hope left on Google about a serious motor vehicle accident caused by a drunk driver Stacy Hope
5 star review posted on Google about Lake Osweg personal injury attorney Michael Colbach handling of his personal injury case.
Google Review

Mike is a top rated Oregon personal injury attorney by former clients and legal peers.

Portland personal injury attorney chosen super lawyers by peers in law for over ten consecutive years

Representative Case Results

Clackamas County jury verdict where the insurance company was refusing to pay before trial. $258,000 jury verdict for sternum and back injury. Allstate made no offers on the case. A Clackamas County jury awarded $7,000 in medical expenses and $250,000 in pain and suffering.

Over $5 Million for car accident for injured motorist. Before he hired me the insurance company would not even pay for his property damage.

$1,750,000 car accident recovery for injured motorist.  Client's final offer before hiring me was $250,000.

$1.3 million settlement for injured motorist.

$1.15 Million for injured motorist.

$1.1 Million for injured motorcyclist.

$750,000 policy limits settlement for injured motorcyclist

$350,000 motorcycle accident policy limits settlement for injured motorcycle rider. Before he hired me the insurance company blamed him and refused to pay a penny.

$340,000 motorcycle accident recovery for injured motorcyclist - his offer was zero before he hired me.

$339,000 bicycle accident jury verdict for cyclist struck by drunk driver. GEICO's only offer was $17,000, which did not even cover the medical bills.

Questions? Get Answers.

Contact me for a free legal consultation as soon as you are able.

Especially if you were injured, taking advantage of the free consultation from an experienced personal injury attorney is critical.

Recently I had Mike Colbach represent my wife in an auto accident [...] Because of the accident my wife was in the ICU at OHSU and wasn't able to talk so I worked with him. Right away Mike took control and told me to concentrate on taking care of my wife and he would handle all the insurance issues, court filings, hospital bills etc.Also, Mike was not one bit intimidated by one of the largest auto insurance companies in the country and in fact looked forward to the challenge of meeting them in court.......I guess they didn't like the odds and settled out of court for the full amount he demanded. -->More

client of Portland personal injury lawyer Michael Colbach who represented his wife in a serious injury auto accident when she was in the ICU at OHSU, Mike got the full settlement amount demanded quickly allowing client to recovery and stay with spouse. Arnie Mulick
5 star review posted on Google about Portland personal injury attorney Michael Colbach handling of his wife's personal injury case when she was in the ICU at OHSU.
Google Review

Questions that I think are important to ask any lawyer you are considering to hire for your own car accident attorney:

When you are looking for a car accident lawyer, look for an experienced personal injury attorney with proven results recovering money for clients who were seriously injured.

In order to be a good Oregon personal injury attorney, you need to be an Oregon trial attorney. Ask every attorney you talk to about how many cases they have tried and what their results have been. Before you hire your car accident attorney, make sure they file and try cases. If they give you an excuse for why they don't do it, keep on looking, as you will rarely get a fair amount with a settlement attorney.

It is a lot of work to file a lawsuit and the ensuing paperwork (work for me, not you), but I file a lawsuit in most of my cases, as that is what gets insurance companies to pay, and if they don't we can take your case to a jury. The only way to get good trial verdicts is through skill and hard work.

Clackamas County Car Accident Report

If you had a car accident within Clackamas County roadways, the Clackamas County Sherrif Traffic Enforcement Unit or the highway-patrol of the Oregon State Police likely responded to your accident.

You can get a copy of your car accident report through the Clackamas County Sheriff Records Request for $15 using their online form. General information and fees (in case this changes) are on this Clackamas County Sheriff Records Request information page. You can also try contacting their records unit main phone line 503-785-5200 which they say is staffed 24 hours/day. In person at Clackamas County Sheriffs Office, 9101 SE Sunnybrook Blvd, Clackamas, OR 97015 Or Email ccsorecords@clackamas.us.

If you retain an attorney to handle your car accident case, that attorney will be able to get your car accident report and handle all the necessary communications for you.

Reporting Car Accident Oregon DMV

This is the link for the Orgon ODOT form to report your auto accident either download or use it online: 

If you are involved in an accident in Oregon, You must file an Oregon Traffic Accident and Insurance Report with DMV within 72 hours when:  Damage to any vehicle is over $2,500 (even if your vehicle was the only one in the crash); Any vehicle is towed from the scene; Injury or death resulted from this accident; or Damages to anyone's property other than a vehicle involved in this accident is more than $2,500. If you do not file a report when required, Oregon law requires DMV to issue a suspension notice. If you were in an accident and the damages were less than $2,500, you can report to DMV if the other party doesn't have insurance. Be sure to clearly note on the accident report that it doesn't meet mandatory reporting criteria. Note: A police report does not count as filing an accident report with DMV. You must also file an accident report with DMV.

This DMV page has good general information on the laws for Oregon auto accidents and is where they will have the most current up to date requirements and contact information for you with a good list of the Oregon DMV responsibilities and help if you are involved in an accident are also available.

Contact your insurance company and make a Personal Injury Protection (PIP) claim.

All Oregon auto insurance policies have no fault PIP (Personal Injury Protection) coverage for your medical expenses will provide a minimum of one year and $15,000 (you can have your auto insurance set with a higher PIP coverage but all auto insurance in Oregon has this minimum $15,000 insurance). PIP is no fault meaning that it covers you and your passengers whether you were at fault or whether another driver was the cause of your car accident. You will need to contact your insurance company ASAP to make sure then start paying your medical bills right away. You PIP insurance will pay up to 52 weeks of wage loss up to the maximum monthly amount of $3,000. If you are on a bicycle or a pedestrian, your auto insurance personal injury protection should pay your medical expenses if you are struck by a motor vehicle. If you do not have auto insurance and do not have health insurance, than the other driver's insurance should pay your medical bills.

Being represented by Mike after my auto accident eliminated the additional stress of having to deal with the insurance adjusters and allowed me to focus on my recovery. Mike and his team are exceptional at what they do, and also secured me a proper settlement. As much as you might think it will cost to hire an attorney, it will cost you more if you don't hire Mike Colbach! -->More

former client review Stephanie Susee left on Google after being represented by Mike Colbach for her auto accident injury. Stephanie Susee
5 star review posted on Google about Portland personal injury attorney Michael Colbach
Google Review

If you've been injured, contact an experienced Clackamas County car accident attorney as soon as possible.

The sooner that you contact me after a serious car accident, the more that I can do to help you and preserve evidence from the car accident scene which may be necessary in proving your case. I also work with expert car accident investigators and accident reconstruction experts who can investigate the scene and determine details of the crash that can prove your case.

I do advise you to not give a recorded statement to the other driver's insurance company until you have consulted with an experienced Oregon car accident attorney.

If you do retain an attorney for your case, all communications will go through the attorney and you can focus on your recovery.

How much is your car accident claim worth?

There are many factors to consider and on that page where the link takes you, I will walk you through it. But to really get a better idea, contact me for a free consultation to discuss the specifics of your case.

The Clackamas County Courthouse is located in Oregon City

The Clackamas County Court is in Oregon City on Main Street, the cutest main street in the USA, or one of the cutest a short walk from the Oregon City municipal elevator.

Clackamas County has some of the most dangerous roads & intersections in Oregon.

Clackamas County is home to about 10 percent of Oregon's 3.9 million people. [...]

11 of the 60 most dangerous traffic intersections in Oregon are in Clackamas County.

That's 18 percent, almost double the county's population share.

Most Dangerous Intersections in Oregon

Even beyond the worst of the worst roads and intersections for crashes, crash severity, injuries and fatalities, Clackamas County has numerous roads and intersections that are on the Oregon Department of Transportation list as highest priority Safety Priority Index System (SPIS).

Bicyclists, motorcyclists and pedestrians are hit and killed at several of these intersections that are are in this SPIS list within Clackamas County.

Between Portland and Oregon City along OR 99E, numerous intersections are on this Oregon Department of Transportation Safety Priority Index System (SPIS). Pedestrians at some points along this McGloughlin Road highway, have to walk extended distances to find a light controlled intersection to cross. OR 99E is also dark along this stretch, with cars entering from side streets, and high speeds.

One bad intersection just a few blocks from another intersection and another intersection along OR 99E in Clackamas County in between Milwaukie and Gladstone. SE Maple on March 16, 2024 another pedestrian was fatally hit by a car who didn't yield.

Not far from SE Maple and OR 99E at OR 99E at SE Risley Avenue another pedestrian fatality October 6, 2022. This article states that the pedestrian was outside the crosswalk, but there is no crosswalk painted here on either side of OR 99E at SE Risley, where Risely has a stop sign on either side of OR 99E. Even if you were not in a crosswalk when you were hit by a car as a pedestrian in Oregon, there is an implied crosswalk at every corner with a stop sign. In Oregon, every intersection is a crosswalk, UNLESS it's marked with a crosswalk closed sign. Marking a crosswalk as closed isn't a quick-and-easy decision for ODOT, and it is only done when there is a safer crossing nearby. There is no such signage is at this crossing of Risley and OR 99E. There is a newly added pedestrian island there.

Another such intersection OR 99E and SE Vineyard where in 2016 a woman waiting at the bus stop was seriously injured along with the driver of another car, because of a high school student speeding and reckless driving.

trimet bus stop where woman waiting for bus was seriously injured by speeding high school student who hit car turning onto SE Vineyard from OR 99E sent both driver and pedestrian to hospital with serious injuries.

Suspects in the McLoughlin Boulevard case on Sept. 26, 2016, were determined to be sober simply by the OSP officer's observation of the suspect's "speech, odor, etc." No citations were ever issued. Sue Pringle, 63, was sitting in TriMet bus shelter when she was run over by the 16-year-old Rex Putnam student. He was reportedly speeding a black 2008 G37 Infiniti northbound on McLoughlin when he swerved to avoid a white 1999 sedan turning on to Vineyard Road. He hit Caroline Pearl Newton's sedan, sending her to the hospital with injuries, and shattering the bus shelter that contained Pringle. A resident of Boardman Avenue, Pringle had just gone to lunch at Taco Bell when she was waiting for the bus to go grocery shopping at Fred Meyer. Then she would have taken the bus back home, but her back, pelvis and ankle were broken in the crash, so she was taken to OHSU with Newton. Pringle's glasses were broken and many of her teeth were fractured when the crash forced her to do a face plant into the sidewalk. The Infiniti's tailpipe came to rest on Pringle's leg, causing third-degree burns.

Will justice be done for Oak Grove crash victims?

Numerous bicyclists riding in bike lanes are seriously injuried in the area with little penalty to the drivers, even if they were speeding, driving recklessly etc..

Instead the CCSO report commits what appears to be a logical error: "I did not issue a citation to Mr. Wright for Fail[ure] to Yield the right of way as the bike rider did have the right of way through the intersection," Westerman wrote in the report. Legosi told police that Wright's car turned in front of him quickly and accelerated into him. After being struck by the car, Legosi fell to the pavement and hit his head, as demonstrated by his cracked helmet.

Will justice be done for Oak Grove crash victims?

Meanwhile, for all of Oregon, car accidents, pedestrian, cyclist and motorcyclist injury and fatalities are spiking.

OHA dashboard tracks surge in transportation injuries, fatalities since 2010

From 2010 to 2022, data shows that fatalities grew from 351 in a single year to 606. Within that same time frame, the rate changed from nine deaths per 100,000 residents to 14 deaths per 100,000 residents.

That's nearly twice the number of fatalities for all types of motor vehicle crashes. That approximate doubling holds for cyclists and for motorcyclists.

According to the data, the number of cyclist fatalities almost doubled from 11 in 2010 to 21 in 2022.

A similar trend is seen for motorcycle deaths, with 45 recorded in 2010 and 87 in 2022.

GHSA predicted that Oregon's pedestrian traffic fatalities grew from 90 in 2021 to 131 in 2022

The organization noted that the nationwide increase was mostly impacted by a small number of states with significant spikes in pedestrian fatalities. Those states include Arizona, Virginia, Oregon, Tennessee and Wisconsin. In 2021, 90 pedestrian traffic fatalities were recorded in Oregon. In 2022, GHSA projected a surge to 131 fatalities.

Fatalities for Oregon pedestrians nearly doubles from 2010 to 2022 going from 2010 having 70 pedestrian fatalities for the year to the actual 2022 total pedestrian fatalities of 132. (Oregon Transportation Safety Dashboard)

The future for Clackamas County residents could also get worse in the near future as concerns rise around the Oregon Department of Transportation plan for tolling on Interstate 5 and Interstate 205 which many believe will drive the interstate drivers into the Clackamas County communities to avoid the tolls such as West Linn, Oregon City, Gresham, Gladstone, Lake Oswego, Milwaukie, Oak Grove, etc...

Chavez-DeRemer calls for review of 'deeply flawed' ODOT tolling plan

According to Chavez-DeRemer, several cities and Clackamas County have submitted public comments sharing concerns about the assessment which she says did not recognize tolling would divert traffic to nearby communities.

Oregon City Municipal Elevator

The Clackamas County court house is in Oregon City close to the Oregon City municipal elevator, one of the only city elevators in the USA.

Oregon City boasts the unusual elevator which is quite fun and historic, plus it is a great place to look at the Willamette River Falls from above as well as do the walk along the cliffs back down to the OR 99E viewing spot along the Willamette River.

Some of these intersections and roads that are statistically the worst, are within the Portland Metro.

Milwaukie, Oregon City, Gladstone, Oak Grove, Lake Oswego, Johnson City, Oatfield, Jennings Lodge, West Linn, Tualatin, Wilsonville, Happy Valley and Clackamas are all within the Portland Metro area. But Clackamas County is big and very diverse with tons of small towns and different types of vehicles on the roads and varying traffic conditions on the roads and highways through them like Boring, Canby, Damascus, Rhododendron, Government Camp, Sandy, Beaver Creek, Mulino, Mollala, Estacada. Much of Clackamas County is rural with farms. And of course the Mt. Hood area where we get significant snow fall and other weather extremes as well as significant traffic traveling to and through this area for recreation and the scenic nature throughout Clackamas County with state forests and Mt. Hood National forest which draws motorcyclists as well as bicyclists, and even equestrians with their horses to the nature trails.

Michael Colbach's Practice Areas Include

  • Car Accidents
  • Bicycle Accidents
  • Pedestrian Accidents
  • Motorcycle Accidents
  • Boating Accidents
  • Truck Accidents
  • Uber Car Accidents
  • Lyft Car Accidents
  • Rideshare Accidents
  • Scooter, Moped, and EBike Accidents
  • Premises Liability Cases
  • Wrongful Death
  • Drunk Driving Accidents
  • Third Party Worker's Compensation Claims