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Accidents happen. Some don’t require court proceedings to reach a settlement, but many do. It’s not always easy for you, as an individual, to get the financial compensation you deserve from the insurance companies. The other driver’s insurance company may fight your claim, no matter how legitimate it may be.

Insurance companies who insure negligent drivers have substantial assets and often will aggressively defend claims brought against them. They typically try to settle for far less than full value when victims do not have legal representation.

Our legal team has the experience to handle complicated car accident litigation and to fight to ensure your case receives the compensation you deserve.

Car Accident Lawyer

Being involved in a car accident can be a traumatic experience—both physically and emotionally.  A motor vehicle accident can lead to serious injuries, mounting medical bill, endless doctor visits, and extensive damage to your vehicle. It may cost you the ability to work or even just to enjoy normal activities with your family.

On top of the literal headaches are the legal ones.  Car accident claims can create thousands of pages of documents to go through, organize, and manage.  An auto accident claim can be highly complex, involving numerous parties—from the other driver to multiple insurance adjusters from the other person’s insurance company and your own, to defense lawyers. Dealing with it all can be overwhelming.

A car accident lawyer can help with it all.  If you have been seriously injured in a car accident caused by another driver’s recklessness or negligence, the auto accident attorneys at Peton Law can help you get the compensation you need.

Types of car accidentsHow Is Fault Determined in an Oregon Car Accident?

As experienced car accident attorneys, Peton Law handles all types of vehicle accidents and related liability, including:

  • Vehicle collisions such as rear-end accidents, T-bone accidents, or head-on collisions
  • Drunk driving collisions or impaired driving crashes
  • Trucking accidents
  • Underinsured motorist accidents
  • Hit-and-run accidents
  • Phantom vehicle accidents
  • Pedestrian collisions
  • Motorcycle crashes
  • Rear-end collisions
  • Distracted driving collisions or texting and driving
  • Diminished Value Claims

The vast majority of automobile accidents in Oregon occur due to driver negligence of one sort or another. If you have been the victim of any of these negligent behaviors and have been injured as a result, you’re entitled to compensation. We’re here to help you get the kind of settlement justice requires.

For example, you could be entitled to compensation for  repayment of medical bills, recovery for lost wages, vacation, sick, or personal time taken to recover, reduced future earning capacity, or decreased value of your car after it’s been in damaged in an accident.

Help with auto accident cases in Keizer, Salem, and throughout OregonHow Is Fault Determined in an Oregon Car Accident?

Many insured drivers believe that insurance adjusters are looking out for them, and that paying their insurance premiums faithfully each month will protect them from financial catastrophe in the event of an accident. This simply isn’t true. Insurance companies settle automobile accident personal injury claims for as little as possible. They do not represent injured parties and they are not concerned with justice. The adjuster’s job is to save the company money by limiting settlements. Most drivers accept whatever the insurance company offers, not knowing that they may be entitled to much more as fair compensation for their accident-related injuries.

If you have been involved in a serious motor vehicle accident whether in the Salem area or anywhere in Oregon, Peton Law may be able to recover a just and fair result. There are a broad range of issues and remedies to compensate you or your loved ones. These issues and remedies go above and beyond the standard insurance company settlement offer.

Who is at-fault in a car accident?How Is Fault Determined in an Oregon Car Accident?

Motor vehicle accidents are caused by a number of factors, including the negligence of other drivers, defective or unmaintained vehicles, unsafe roadways, or roadway hazards. Often it can be difficult to ascertain who is legally at fault. Our experienced attorneys work with you to carefully review the circumstances of your accident. We analyze all evidence to identify the party responsible for your injuries. Common examples of negligence that may cause serious car accidents include:

  • Distracted driving, such as texting or talking on a phone while driving
  • Failure to yield the right of way
  • Following too closely
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • Disobedience of traffic laws, such as running a red light or stop sign
  • Speeding
  • Poorly designed or maintained roadways
  • Aggressive driving, such as tailgating or road rage
  • Defective automobiles or component parts
  • Driver fatigue

Compensation For Auto Accident Damages In Oregon

Being seriously hurt in a car accident may impact your ability to carry on with normal life responsibilities and enjoyment. Your injuries may limit your ability to do simple, everyday tasks—such as commuting to work, recreating with your family, participating in your favorite hobbies or sports, and other important personal activities. You may also lose income and potential job opportunities while recovering from your injuries.

You may be entitled to compensation for all of these losses, as well as damages for pain and injury. At Peton Law, our car accident legal team work hard to align the value of your case with the value of your loss. You don’t have to suffer alone and you don’t have to accept a lame insurance settlement offer.










One of the leading causes of death in America is due to motor vehicle collisions and automobile accidents. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that approximately SIX MILLION auto accidents occur each year. In 2019 more than 26,000 people were killed in car crashes, with millions more being seriously injured due to collision or accident.

The CDC also reported that, on average, Americans will:

  • Spend more than ONE MILLION days in the hospital each year due to automobile crash injuries.
  • Cost more than $18 BILLION in lifetime medical costs; 75% of which is incurred in the 18 months following the crash.
  • Lose an estimated $33 BILLION in lost wages, due to automobile accident injury.

In 2012—the last time the study was released—over 2.5 million Americans visited the emergency department for an automobile injury. Nearly 200,000 of those injured were hospitalized. The average hospitalization for these injuries is $57,000 over a lifetime.

If you are involved in car crash, you want expert legal counsel to help you recover for the losses you suffered so you can move forward with your life.

Damages You May Be Eligible to Receive

Depending on the severity of your injuries, you may be eligible to receive compensation for the following expenses and damages:

  • Medical bills
  • Future medical bills / ongoing health care
  • Lost Income, vacation, sick or personal time
  • Pain and suffering
  • Disfigurement / dismemberment
  • Emotional Injury
  • Wrongful death
  • Property damage
  • Diminished value of your vehicle

More information

D. Neal Peton, Esq.

(503) 877-3416

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