Portland Personal Injury Attorney Michael Colbach

If you're looking for a Washingon 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

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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 Oregon 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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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.

My law practice is a low volume that focuses on major injury cases.  This allows me to have plenty of time and energy to work on every case to make sure EVERY client gets a fair amount.  

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.

 

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
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Washington County is second to Multnomah for the highest number of motor vehicle accidents in all of Oregon in 2021.

Washington County Motor Vehicle Car Accidents were second highest to Multnomah County in all of Oregon for the greatest number of motor vehicle accident related injuries in 2021.

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

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

Some of Oregon's most dangerous roads and intersections are in Washington County, these won't be a surprise to folks who navigate the Portland Metro.

Traffic data lags, in 2023 we finally have a more complete data to see 2021. Yet, year to year, the same dangerous roads are known and the crashes, injuries and fatalities continue. The Safety Priority Index System, compiled by ODOT, compares the number of crashes on the entire roadway network in Oregon, including city and county roads and state highways and from this, we can see a bigger view of where transportation engineers see the most dangerous roads.

Here are the 10 most dangerous roads in Oregon (2018 - source KGW analysis of ODOT data)

4 out of the most dangerous 10 are all in Washington County, or where Multnomah County and Washington County are closely adjacent.

1. SW Canyon Road at Highway 217 interchange (Beaverton)

Average Daily Traffic: 19,500

Total Crashes: 90

Fatal Crashes: 0

Injury Crashes: 37

2. Sunset Highway approaching Vista Ridge Tunnels (The Sunset Highway portion of US 26 refers to an approximately 75 mile portion of the highway from downtown Portland at Interstate 405 westward through; Washington County, Tillamook County and Clatsop County to US 101).

Average Daily Traffic: 67,600

Total Crashes: 187

Fatal Crashes: 0

Injury Crashes: 89

5. SW Beaverton Hillsdale Highway at Highway 217 interchange (Beaverton)

Average Daily Traffic: 32,600

Total Crashes: 104

Fatal Crashes: 0

Injury Crashes: 52

10. Tualatin Valley Highway near SW 185th Ave. (Aloha)

Average Daily Traffic: 38,377

Total Crashes: 100

Fatal Crashes: 1

Injury Crashes: 54

Although only number 10, Tualatin Valley Highway near SW 185th Avenue in Aloha deserves more attention for the problems and dangers presented in this area.

The outskirts of Washington County, like Clackamas County, and really much of Oregon, are the edges of rural old farm roads meeting urban roads, and increased number of people driving them.

And 2023 has seen the alarming trend of traffic fatalities and serious injuries continue to rise.

Traffic deaths going up in Hillsboro despite safety initiatives

In Hillsboro, Tualatin Valley Highway, also called Oregon Highway 8, is the main arterial road that's under state jurisdiction. (Oak and Baseline streets are also part of this highway.) ODOT also has responsibility over Sunset Highway, also called Highway 26, a relatively short segment of which passes through Hillsboro. [...] The biggest culprit of serious injury crashes and fatalities is Tualatin Valley Highway, which saw 17 deaths in from 2010 to 2019, the most recent year for which ODOT provides detailed data. According to data provided by the Hillsboro Police Department, there have been four deaths on the road over the past two years. In recent years, the intersection of TV Highway at Cornelius Pass Road has been one of the most dangerous within city limits.

Both the Portland Police Bureau and Washington County Sheriff's Office urge drivers to be cautious after what's been a particularly dangerous month on the roads.

"Throughout the whole year in Washington County, we've seen a huge uptick in fatal crashes countywide," said Sgt. Josh Wilson with the Traffic Safety Unit. "I think that by the end of this year if we stay on the pace that we're at, we are looking at probably close to 40 fatal crashes."

Washington County has great cycling and hiking opportunities outside of Hillsboro and Beaverton and other urban centers.

The cycling and walking within Hillsboro, Beaverton, even Aloha, Tigard etc. are fairly hostile to those outside of a vehicle, not too many bike lanes, difficult crossings for pedestrians etc.. The Banks - Vernonia Rail to Trail is one of the stars, but there are more, and more coming (Council Creek Trail is in development and will offer a 15-mile trail will link Hillsboro, Cornelius, Forest Grove and Banks offering walkers and cyclists safe, enjoyable connections to jobs, schools, transit, recreation opportunities and nature.). North of Hillsboro is the Helvetia area with pastoral rolling farmlands. South of Hillsboro are the Chehalem Mountains, with Bald Peak as the high point. Connections to Forest Park, Firelane 5 Road, Saltzman Road also offer a lot of mountain bike, gravel bicycling opportunities. And for the adventurous, there is the approximately 50 mile Tualatin Valley Scenic Bikeway.

Washington County At A Glance