Portland, OR asked in Car Accidents, Civil Litigation, Libel & Slander and Personal Injury for Washington

Q: A friend who is 17 of my daughters was driving her car and began excessively speeding real fast and there were 5 people

In the car and they all were pleading with him to slow down over and over but he refused to listen and he flipped the car and my daughter almost died and her friend was also hurt is it his responsibility to pay for damages?

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Robert C. Hahn III
Robert C. Hahn III
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  • Spokane, WA
  • Licensed in Washington

A: I'm a Washington lawyer not an Oregon lawyer. The laws are likely different between the states. But you should go consult with a personal injury attorney in the state the accident took place as soon as you can, even if it is just over the phone. Your situation will likely have multiple variables that an experienced personal injury attorney will have to access to advise and help you. I hope that helps.

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Tyler Young
Tyler Young
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  • Provo, UT

A: Yes, it is "his" responsibility to pay for damages he caused. But he likely has insurance to cover some of your daughter's injuries. Believe it or not there may be multiple other insurance policies that could kick in to pay some of your daughter's damages. It is critical, especially in a complex case like this, that you consult with an attorney as quickly as possible. The longer you wait the more likely evidence will be lost and other procedural problems could occur.

Although I'm in Utah, an attorney at my firm is licensed in Oregon. He handles cases like this. Feel free to give me a call and I'm happy to include that attorney in our discussions so he can speak with you about nuanced legal issues in Oregon.

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Kevin R. Richardson
Kevin R. Richardson
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  • Personal Injury Lawyer
  • Seattle, WA
  • Licensed in Washington

A: Most likey the driver, but there many factors to consider. You need to speak with an attorney. The sooner the better. -Kevin

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Jonathan Spodnick
Jonathan Spodnick
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  • Trumbull, CT

A: First, I am very sorry to hear about the serious accident your daughter experienced. A driver in almost all states has a duty to drive safely and carefully and to follow the rules of the road. While I am located in CT, every state has on the books laws that regulate how you should operate your vehicle. A driver who exceeds the speed limit and causes a collision may well be responsible for injuring his occupants. You should definitely consult with a local attorney who is experienced in personal injury matters for assistance right away. The sooner an attorney can assist you in securing information and evidence the better. When there are multiple persons injured the amount of insurance carried by the at fault driver can be an issue too. I wish your daughter good health and healing. It is really a shame that this happened to you and your family.

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