Portland Personal Injury Attorney Michael Colbach

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

Mike is a Portland personal injury attorney with proven results in verdicts and settlements negotiated on behalf of his clients.

  • 140 jury trials, 31 years of courtroom experience
  • Over 20 years dedicated to exclusively practicing personal injury law
  • 8 years Multnomah County Deputy District Attorney trying around 100 criminal jury trials

Free Consultations

Contact Michael Colbach at (503) 243-1900 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 Mike and he will let you know if he thinks 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 and team fought on a every level for us bringing deep knowledge and a their professional edge to our case/accident helping us to navigate all of the difficult details which had to be handled following our accident. We were able to focus on our recovery and all of the rehab necessary to heal and get well. Knowing we could count on Michael and his team was a huge relief. We felt 100% confident them and were extremely satisfied with the outcome of our case which involved in person arbitration with an insurance company. 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.
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Mike is a top rated Portland car accident lawyer by former clients and legal peers.

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

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.
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Multnomah County Trial Lawyer With Proven Results

As a Portland car accident lawyer, I can make car insurance companies pay when they do not want to by taking your case to a jury.

Having an experienced Multnomah County trial lawyer can make the difference between getting what you deserve and getting nothing.

I have two of the top ten verdicts in Multnomah County auto accident jury verdicts since 2014 which were car accident cases that I tried to a jury. I have also had trial successes with jury verdicts where the insurance company was refusing to pay before trial.

I have numerous policy limits settlements, confidential settlements as well as arbitration awards, and jury verdicts.

Representative Examples



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

$125,000 underinsured motorist arbitration award for injured driver. Farmer's offer was zero.

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

$750,000 motorcycle accident policy limits settlement for injured motorcyclist

$1.5 Million for motorcycle accident recovered for injured motorcyclist

$1.3 million settlement for injured motorist.

$1.1 Million motorcycle accident for injured motorcyclist.

$667,000 bicycle accident recovery for injured cyclist. Final offer before trial was $130,000. Jury awarded $667,000. As reported in Portland's Willamette Week Newspaper Cyclist vs. New Seasons

$374,500 motorcycle accident jury verdict for motorcyclist hit by an underinsured motorist. State Farm's final offer before trial was $113K.

$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 evaluation of your car accident case as soon as you are able.

Auto insurance companies have attorneys and adjusters whose goal is to pay you as little as they can.

I am dedicated to helping your recover your maximum fair settlement and I am not afraid to take your case to trial if that is what it takes to maximize the amount of money you recover for your personal injury.

Once I take your case, I take care of all of the paperwork, phone calls, and negotiations, so you can focus on your recovery and getting on with your life.

I offer one-on-one service and limit my case load so that I can focus on each case.

I have been told by insurance adjusters and attorneys that when they see my name on a case, they know the case has merit and that they will have to pay top dollar or go to trial.  

When I take a case I believe in it and I am willing to invest as much time, energy, and money as it takes to make sure my client has a good result. Auto insurance companies do not get to determine the value of your Oregon car accident injury claim. It is up to you or a jury to determine the value of your Oregon car accident case.

Lawsuits can be expensive, and many people do not have the money to pursue their claim. In every case, I advance all costs associated with pursuing your case and I do not ask you for a penny until we recover from the other side.

Highly recommend Mike Colbach and his team. I was pleasantly surprised how easy it was to hand over my case to them and not have to worry for one second about it. I was amazed at how professional all the communication I received was. As someone else stated, I felt completely in control of the flow of communication from the start. If I had a question, no matter the nature, how big it small, I dropped an email and Mike or his team responded to me within 24 hours, everytime. We had to go after both insurance companies, mine and the other parties (at fault), since the other party was underinsured. This was a long process, as my insurance party drug their feet for nearly 16 months from the accident to finally pay out their end of the deal. And I was always informed if what was going on and how long it would possibly take. [...] -->More

client of Multnomah County car accident lawyer Michael Colbach represented in serious injury auto accident arbitration with underinsured driver Steven W. Carper
Steven W. Carper 5 star review posted on Google about Portland car accident attorney and Multnomah County trial attorney Michael Colbach.
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Multnomah County
Motor Vehicle Accidents

Multnomah County has the highest number of car accidents, the most motor vehicle accident related injuries and fatalities in all of Oregon in 2021.

*data from Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) Crash Summary 2021

2021

COUNTY TOTAL CRASHES PEOPLE INJURED FATALITIES
Multnomah 7972 6313 80
Washington 5430 4668 21
Marion 4467 4236 68
Clackamas 3757 3268 36

This data lags because it all takes time from the incident through the reporting process etc.

Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) has released 2023 motor vehicle crash data as of the first week of January showing 75 people died on Portland streets in 2023, this number includes 27 pedestrians.

The highest number of deaths on Portland roads since 1986.

You might notice some slight differences between the numbers that PBOT and ODOT report, especially when you start looking closely at it. As KGW news explains here, ODOT and PBOT and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) have their own tracking systems:

Portland Police Bureau counts traffic fatalities slightly different than the Portland Bureau of Transportation, Oregon Department of Transportation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration which exclude those involving suicide, medical events, deaths that happen more than 30 days later, those that occur on private property and non-public roadways or involving non-motorized vehicles.

Some of Oregon's most dangerous roads and intersections are in Multnomah County, containing Portland, it is also Oregon's most populous county.

Some of the cities within Multnomah County, like Lake Oswego, are actually in 3 counties, including Clackamas County and Washington County. Milwaukie is also partially within Multnomah County and Clackamas County. Some of the other cities or unincorporated areas of Multnomah County might just seem like they are part of the Portland Metro, like Fairview, or Maywood Park. While Cedar Mill is within Multnomah County and might just seem to be part of Washington County and Beaverton, it isn't but ODOT doesn't track Cedar Mill nor West Haven-Sylvan separately in the car accidents by city data. Yet, ODOT tracks Portland by breaking it up into multiple smaller junks, including unknown part of Portland, so you have to gather the parts to see all of Portland crash numbers.

Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) tracks even Portland city car accidents by dividing Portland up into 9 smaller regions within Portland.

Cities and Unincorporated towns within Multomah County

  • Portland
    * ODOT divides Portland into the following sections
    • PORTLAND BRIDGES
    • PORTLAND E. BURNSIDE
    • PORTLAND N
    • PORTLAND NE
    • PORTLAND NW
    • PORTLAND SE
    • PORTLAND SW
    • PORTLAND UNK.
    • PORTLAND W. BURNSIDE
  • Gresham
  • Lake Oswego
  • Milwaukie
  • Cedar Mill
  • Troutdale
  • Fairview
  • West Haven-Sylvan
  • Wood Village
  • Maywood Park

Portland car accidents totaled 6430 for 2021 contributing the majority to the ALL Multnomah County car crashes total of 7972 in 2021, i.e. most of these happened within Portland with Gresham adding the city with the next most car crashes, 1007 total car accidents in 2021. Portland and Gresham contributed the majority of the motor vehicle crashes that happened in 2021 with all the rest adding 535 more motor vehicle crashes.

With Portland being the most populous city and the extended metro area with the large conflux of Oregon state highways and interstates that converge through Multnomah County, it's not surprising that it has the most car accidents and some of the most dangerous stretches of roads in all of Oregon.

We can get a better idea of where the more dangerous roads and intersections are located in Portland and Mulnomah County by looking further into the data as well as many different data sources.

Portland has their own high crash network of high crash network of roads and intersections mapped.

Portland ranks these high crash roads by the rate of crashes as well as the severity of crashes and severity of injuries, giving a lot of weight if the crashes have involved any fatalities. A lot of Portland connection roads are streets identified on this high crash network map: SW and NE Broadway, SE Division, SE Hawthorne, SE Holgate, SE Stark, NE Glisan, SE Foster, NE Halsey, NE Killingsworth, Interstate Ave., Fremont, Lombard, Columbia Blvd., Sandy, Marine Drive, Martin Luther King, Beaverton Hillsdale Highway, Barbur Blvd., Airport Way, SE Cesar Chavez Blvd., SE 7th Ave., SW 4th Ave., Capitol Highway, E. Burnside, W. Burnside, SE 82nd Ave., SE 92nd Ave. Powell Blvd..... SE Powell is a US Highway 26, so it is not really under PBOT direction and control, but it does show on this Portland high crash map as owned by ODOT which are 18% of these Portland high crash roads identified on this map like Barbur Blvd., Foster, Sandy, and Columbia Blvd.

The Portland High Crash Network page is helpful as it goes further in drilling down the data for 2015-2019 for exactly which streets/intersections where crashes occured and you are able to isolate the crashes that involved pedestrians and people biking from the vehicles.

Portland Bureau of Transportation also has an interactive map that can help you spot dangerous areas on our road network, and avoid them in your route if possible, but some are notoriously difficult connections between safer cycling or walking routes.

Multnomah County Car Accidents 2021
By City
Reported by Oregon ODOT

Portland Car Accidents 2021

CITY TOTAL CRASHES INJURED FATALITIES TRUCKS INTERSECTION INTERSECTION RELATED
Portland Bridges 63 52 0 9 4 1
Portland E Burnside 115 117 0 0 94 3
Portland N 751 543 12 58 365 7
Portland NE 2042 1560 31 88 1114 24
Portland NW 279 192 5 8 160 1
Portland SE 2168 1710 15 53 1492 40
Portland SW 902 679 1 45 365 6
Portland W Burnside 64 62 0 0 54 0
Portland Unknown 46 13 0 4 8 0

MULTNOMAH COUNTY CAR ACCIDENTS 2021

CITY TOTAL CRASHES INJURED FATALITIES TRUCKS INTERSECTION INTERSECTION RELATED
Fairview 107 98 0 7 61 2
Gresham 1007
938
11 24 650 35
Lake Oswego 155 101 0 3 83 11
Milwaukie 156 119 0 7 83 14
Maywood Park 14 13 0 1 1 0
Troutdale 130 89 1 12 75 4
Wood Village 63 54 0 2 35 3

Motorcycle, motor scooter, moped
total crashes in Multnomah County 2021

154 total motorcyclist involved car crashes in Multnomah County in 2021. 11 fatalities of the motorcyclist in these car crashes, 120 motorcycle car crashes with motorcyclist injuries.

Not included in the motorcycle count are the counts for motor scooter or moped with 16 total involved in car crashes, 2 fatalities to the motor scooter or moped operator with 12 injured.

*source Oregon DOT crash summary by county for 2021

Pedestrian totals in car crashes within Multnomah County in 2021

185 Pedestrians in a car crash in 2021, with 30 of these being fatalities to the pedestrian. 172 pedestrians with injuries from these car crashes. 39 pedestrians with suspected serious injuries, 66 pedestrians with suspected minor injuries and 67 pedestrians with possible injuries and 212 pedestrians with reported no injuries. Oregon DOT informs us that pedestrians hit by cars at intersections were 100 of these. The break down of injuries into serious, suspected minor injuries and possible injuries obfuscates the total number of injured pedestrians from these car crashes.

*source Oregon DOT crash summary by county for 2021

We can see from the data on the Portland interactive map that of these, 27 pedestrian fatalities out of the 30 total fatalities happened in Portland in 2021, and 142 pedestrians out of these 172 injured pedestrians in Multnomah County were injured in car crashes within Portland in 2021.

Bicyclist involved in car crashes within Multnomah County in 2021

Zero cyclists involved in car crashes within Multnomah County were fatal. However, 89 cyclists were injured within Multnomah County in 2021. Of these, 12 cyclists with suspected serious injuries, 38 cyclists with suspected minor inijuries, 39 cyclists with possible injuries, and 94 cyclists involved in multnomah car crashes with reported no injuries.

*source Oregon DOT crash summary by county for 2021

From the Portland interactive map we can see that no cyclists were killed on Portland roads in 2021, but so far 67 cyclists are known to have been injured in car crashes within Portland (the data has still to be finalized for 2021 on this map for 2021).

 


Multnomah County truck, truck tractor with semi-trailer accidents in 2021

Truck or truck tractor crashes were 119 with one fatal truck or truck tractor crash and 81 truck or truck tractor injury crashes.

Truck tractor with semi-trailer 208 all crashes with 4 fatal and 97 vehicle crashes with injuries.

If we combine these - 327 trucking crashes, and 5 trucks involved in 5 fatal motor vehicle crashes and 178 trucking involved motor vehicle crashes. Some of the categories are further odd and could be part of this, most significantly the, "Other and not stated," category which has a very large number of crashes.

Other truck combination 2 total and 2 vehicles involved in injury crashes, 0 fatal

Others and not stated 419 all with 11 fatal and 245 injury vehicle count including properly parked vehicles

*source Oregon DOT crash summary by county for 2021

Most Dangerous Roads and Intersections in Portland and Multnomah County

Oregon ODOT tracks the most dangerous roads and intersections as the Safety Priority Index System, compares the number of crashes on the entire roadway network in Oregon, including city and county roads and state highways. The most dangerous roads on these ODOT controlled roads, not surprisingly, the stretches of Interstate 5, Interstate 405, Interstate 205 and Interstate 84 within Portland city limits have a high incidence of motor vehicle crashes, as does US 26 heading West toward Cedar Mill and Beaverton.

Portland is within Region 1 for the Oregon Safety Priority Index System, and Region 1 includes Multnomah County, Washington County, Hood River County, and Clackamas County.

The most dangerous roads and intersections in Oregon remain fairly consistent from data analysis from 2014 utilizing crash data from 2013. Different cities, county and different journalist data analysis rating systems, but the outcomes tend toward similar roadways being identified.

The SPIS Region 1 reports for 2021 for the Top 15% SPIS By Score identifies some of the same road sections and intersections as from 2013 and 2015-2017 separate analyses for the 2021 top 15% SPIS worst scores in all of Oregon: US 26 Sunset Highway approaching the Vista Ridge Tunnels from Portland, or the intersection with Interstate 405 with Sunset Highway in roughly the same area, various points along Highway US 26 or SE Powell Blvd, including intersections along SE 82nd Avenue which is also an Oregon State Highway OR 213.

Go Local PDX in 2014 created their own criteria from the Safety Prioirty system data and rankd the 60 most dangerous intersections in Oregon utilizing the Oregon Department of Transportation Safety Priority Index System and 2013 traffic crash data. Six Portland / Multnomah County intersections were in the worst 20 bottom. It is interesting to note that #18 worst is just a waypoint location on Interstate 5, there are many like this on the SPIS data reports.

Rank the most dangerous intersections in Oregon, GoLocalPDX began with the state's listings of high-crash intersections and roads. GoLocalPDX crunched data provided by the Oregon Department of Transportation from its Safety Priority Index System (SPIS) [...] In 2013, Oregon's 60 most dangerous intersections generated nearly 3,400 accidents, resulting in 56 deaths and more than 1,800 injuries.

 

2013 Ranked Most Dangerous Intersection
Per Go Local PDX in
Portland / Multnomah County

WORST TOTAL CRASHES PEOPLE INJURED FATALITIES
#1
US-26 & I-405 Portland, Multnomah County
381 213 0
#2
OR-213 & SE Taggart Portland, Multnomah County
177 109 1
#3
US-26 & SE 28th Ave. Portland, Multnomah County
111 56 1
#5
I-5 & US-30 Portland, Multnomah County
181 89 0
#14
US-26 & SE 38th Ave. Portland, Multnomah
81 46 1
#18
I-5/Mile Point 300.19-300.51 Portland, Multnomah County
155 77 0
#19
OR-213 & SE Insley St. Portland, Multnomah County
70 33 1

A 2018 analysis by Portland's KGW news utilizing three years of recent Oregon DOT data (2017, 2016 and 2015) with their own ranking system found six of the ten worst roads were right here in Portland.

Similarities exist, but these are roads not intersections.

2015-2016-2017
out of the 10 most dangerous roads in Oregon
in Portland / Multnomah County

WORST ROADS IN OREGON TOTAL CRASHES PEOPLE INJURED FATALITIES
#2
Sunset Highway approaching Vista Ridge Tunnels (Portland)
187 89 0
#4
SE 82nd Ave. near SE Powell Blvd. (Portland)
92 50 0
#6
SE Powell Blvd. at SE 82nd Ave. (Portland)
86 49 0
#7
SE Powell Blvd. near SE 174th Ave. (Portland)
67 36 0
#8
NE 82nd Ave. near NE Fremont Street (Portland)
71 40 1
#9
SE Powell Blvd near SE 136th Ave. (Portland)
67 43 0

Multnomah County Courthouse is located in SW Portland near the Hawthorne Bridge

Multnomah County Courthouse.