Portland Car Accidents Usually Caused by Rear-End Collision

Recent statistics from the Oregon Department of Transportation show what most drivers already know: Multi-vehicle Portland car accidents are generally caused when one vehicle rear-ends another. These collisions are almost always accompanied by a lack of attention by the at fault driver, sometimes caused by texting and driving, drinking and driving, or excessive speed. In 2018, there were 9,477 motor vehicle crashes alone in Portland—not counting Portland truck crashes, motorcycle crashes, or pedestrian accidents.

How Do I Prove Liability in a Rear-End Collision Case?

When you’re in a rear-end collision, it’s up to you to prove the liability of the other drivers. One source of information is the “black box” data from both your car and other vehicles involved in the crash, including the car which struck you. Most modern vehicles have a Bosch “black box” which keeps certain data points for the 5 seconds prior to a crash. Those data points include whether brakes were applied, speed, airbag deployment, and the “Delta-V” at the time of impact. Delta-V (∆v) is a measure of the severity of a traffic collision, defined as the change in velocity between pre-collision and post-collision trajectories of a vehicle. Delta-V emerged in the 1970s in the context of crash reconstruction analysis, and is considered by some researchers to be the best single predictor of crash severity. Accessing this information requires an experienced attorney with the resources to retain experts for your case, immediately.

You might rely on eyewitness testimony from others who saw the crash. You can also review traffic cameras, and cameras from the businesses in the area of your accident, to determine fault. Skid Marks and Debris on the road can also provide useful information.

What Can an Attorney Do to Help?

When you’re involved in a rear-end collision, your car accident attorney can help you determine responsibility, and make sure whoever hit you is held accountable.

Once you’ve identified fault in your case, your lawyer can help you assert a claim or file a lawsuit. Sometimes, this means a demand letter to an insurance company or at fault driver. If the insurance company refuses to pay, your lawyer should then file suit.  Contact us for a free consultation.

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SUMMARY OF PORTLAND MOTOR VEHICLE TRAFFIC CRASHES

2018

1A. TYPE OF
MOTOR VEHICLE CRASH
Number of Crashes
Total On Roadway Off Roadway
Total Fatal Nonfatal Injury Property Damage Total Fatal Nonfatal Injury Property Damage Total Fatal Nonfatal Injury Property Damage
1. Overturning 20 2 14 4 16 2 12 2 4 2 2
2. Other noncollision 9 9 7 7 2 2
3. Pedestrian 281 14 267 267 14 253 14 14
4. MV in transport 7,984 10 4,409 3,565 7,960 10 4,406 3,544 24 3 21
5. MV on other roadway
6. Parked MV 499 3 117 379 88 28 60 411 3 89 319
7. Railway train 15 9 6 15 9 6
8. Pedalcyclist 238 2 236 235 2 233 3 3
9. Animal 3 3 3 3
10. Fixed object 406 4 223 179 406 4 223 179
11. Other object 22 8 14 17 5 12 5 3 2
12.
Totals 9,477 35 5,292 4,150 8,608 28 4,953 3,627 869 7 339 523

 

1B. TYPE OF
MOTOR VEHICLE CRASH
Number of Persons
All Fatalities K All Other Injuries Susp Serious Inj A Susp Minor Inj B Possible Inj C No Injury O
1. Overturning 2 16 7 1 8 9
2. Other noncollision 9 2 5 2 2
3. Pedestrian 14 290 30 121 139 327
4. MV in transport 10 6,552 141 918 5,493 14,590
5. MV on other roadway
6. Parked MV 3 139 10 40 89 540
7. Railway train 11 2 2 7 13
8. Pedalcyclist 2 243 15 109 119 279
9. Animal 5
10. Fixed object 4 265 32 106 127 364
11. Other object 10 5 5 23
12.
Totals 35 7,535 239 1,307 5,989 16,152
2A. TYPE OF
MOTOR VEHICLE CRASH
Total On Roadway
This Year To Date Same Period Last Year This Year To Date Same Period Last Year
All Crashes Persons Killed Persons Injured All Crashes Persons Killed Persons Injured All Crashes Persons Killed Persons Injured All Crashes Persons Killed Persons Injured
1. Overturning 20 2 16 38 28 16 2 14 30 22
2. Other noncollision 9 9 10 4 7 7 9 4
3. Pedestrian 281 14 290 324 20 328 267 14 271 308 19 313
4. MV in transport 7,984 10 6,552 9,938 13 7,030 7,960 10 6,549 9,908 13 7,019
5. MV on other roadway
6. Parked MV 499 3 139 494 1 132 88 35 106 31
7. Railway train 15 11 13 1 6 15 11 13 1 6
8. Pedalcyclist 238 2 243 217 2 221 235 2 240 204 2 208
9. Animal 3 3 3 3
10. Fixed object 406 4 265 537 10 273 6 3
11. Other object 22 10 21 5 17 6 16 5
12.
Totals 9,477 35 7,535 11,595 47 8,027 8,608 28 7,133 10,603 35 7,611
1. Primary State Highways 3,477 13 2,009 1,455 3,313 10 1,926 1,377 164 3 83 78 13 3,031
2. Secondary State Highways 346 2 215 129 326 1 206 119 20 1 9 10 2 317
3. County and Local Roads
4. City Streets 5,654 20 3,068 2,566 4,969 17 2,821 2,131 685 3 247 435 20 4,187
5. Not Stated
Total–Urban Area 9,477 35 5,292 4,150 8,608 28 4,953 3,627 869 7 339 523 35 7,535
6. Interstate System 1,891 9 1,077 805 1,800 6 1,028 766 91 3 49 39 9 1,661
7. Other State Freeways 277 161 116 268 156 112 9 5 4 233
8. Other State Highways 1,655 6 986 663 1,571 5 948 618 84 1 38 45 6 1,454
Total–Urban System 3,823
4. AGE OF CASUALTY Number of Persons Killed Number of Persons Injured
Total Killed Pedestrians Pedalcyclist Total Injured Pedestrians Pedalcyclist
Total Male Female Total Male Female Total Male Female Total Male Female Total Male Female Total Male Female
1. 0 to 4 110 48 62 3 1 2 1 1
2. 5 to 9 172 84 87 9 6 3 5 4
3. 10 to 14 146 64 81 12 8 4 4 3 1
4. 15 to 19 2 1 1 1 1 416 168 247 19 8 11 4 3 1
5. 20 to 24 2 2 1 1 799 349 449 31 17 14 25 15 10
6. 25 to 34 4 3 1 2 1 1 1,745 791 952 63 33 30 72 49 23
7. 35 to 44 5 4 1 1 1 1,392 685 707 46 23 23 41 30 11
8. 45 to 54 7 5 2 1 1 2 1 1 1,100 522 577 34 16 18 35 23 12
9. 55 to 64 5 5 2 2 852 426 425 30 15 15 19 15 4
10. 65 to 74 5 5 4 4 437 221 216 21 9 12 11 11
11. 75 & older 5 2 3 3 2 1 176 76 100 10 3 7 5 5
12. Not-stated 190 99 84 22 12 9 21 17 4
Totals 35 27 8 15 10 5 2 1 1 7,535 3,533 3,987 300 151 148 243 176 66

 

5A. MULTIPLE VEH CRASH Total Fatal Injury P .D.O.
1. Entering at angle 1,922 3 1,013 906
2a. Same dir.- both straight 355 166 189
2b. Same-1 turn, 1 straight 193 86 107
2c. Same-one stopped 1,624 1,040 584
2d. Same-all others 121 36 85
3a. Opposite dir.- both straight 36 27 9
3b. Opposite-1 turn, 1 straight 404 2 238 164
3c. Opposite-all others 57 18 39
4. Not stated 179 40 139
Totals 4,891 5 2,664 2,222
5C. PEDESTRIAN CRASHES All Ped Crashes Fatal Crashes Non-Fatal Injury Crashes
Total At Intersection Non- Junction Total At Intersection Non- Junction
1. Car go straight 135 11 4 7 124 88 36
2. Car turning right 33 33 25 8
3. Car turning left 105 3 3 102 98 4
4. Car backing 3 3 3
5. All others 5 5 3 2
Totals 281 14 7 7 267 214 53
5D. ALL OTHER CRASHES Total Fatal Injury P .D.O.
Coll- 1. Other road veh or railway train ision 2. Fixed object
With 3. Other object or animal
201 1 196 4
166 1 81 84
5 2 3
4. Overturning 8 1 6 1
5. Other non-collision 6 6
Coll- 6. Other road veh or railway train ision 7. Fixed object
With 8. Other object or animal
52 1 49 2
240 3 142 95
20 6 14
9. Overturning 12 1 8 3
10. Other non-collision 3 3
11. Not stated
Totals 713 8 499 206
5B. MULTIPLE VEH CRASH Total Fatal Injury P .D.O.
1. Moving in opposite dir. 157 2 110 45
2. Both moving in same dir. 1,163 3 587 573
3a. One car parked 264 3 71 190
3b. One car stopped in traffic 1,532 889 643
4. Enter/Leave parked pos. 104 23 81
5a. Entering driveway/alley 48 25 23
5b. Leaving driveway/alley 207 84 123
6. All others 117 73 44
Totals 3,592 8 1,862 1,722
6. PEDESTRIAN ACTION BY AGE Pedestrians Killed Ages of Pedestrians Killed and Injured
Total 0 to 4 5 to 9 10 to 14 15 to 19 20 to 24 25 to 44 45 to 64 65 & older Not stated
1a. X-ing at intersect or X-walk 7 226 2 4 9 12 23 80 50 30 16
1b. X-ing not at intersection 6 39 5 2 5 3 13 6 4 1
2a. Walking in road with traffic 1 2 1 1
2b. Same against traffic
3. Standing in roadway 4 2 1 1
4. Push or work on veh in road 2 1 1
5. Other working in roadway 1 1
6. Playing in roadway 1 1
7. Other in roadway 2 1 1
8. Not in roadway 1 38 2 4 17 7 3 5
9. Not stated
Totals 15 315 3 9 12 20 32 112 67 38 22

MULTIPLE VEHICLE CRASHES

7. AGE OF DRIVER All Crashes Fatal Injury
1. 14 & younger
2. 15 5 5
3. 16 44 44
4. 17 90 90
5. 18 136 136
6. 19 186 186
7. 20 202 3 199
8. 21 203 203
9. 22 to 24 701 2 699
10. 25 to 34 2,522 14 2,508
11. 35 to 44 2,022 6 2,016
12. 45 to 54 1,625 8 1,617
13. 55 to 64 1,242 7 1,235
14. 65 to 74 644 1 643
15. 75 & older 225 2 223
16. Not stated 8,565 6 838
Totals 18,412 49 10,642
11. VEHICLE TYPE All Fatal Injury
1. Passenger car 17,861 35 10,156
2. Pass Car and trailer 28 1 26
3. Truck or truck tractor 189 1 88
4. Truck tractor with semi-trailer 227 3 110
5. Other truck combination 4 4
6. Farm tractor and/or equip.
7. Taxicab 23 1 22
8. Bus 92 47
9. School bus 17 10
10. Motorcycle 159 9 133
11. Motor scooter or moped 23 22
12. Others and not stated 404 2 253
Totals 19,027 52 10,871
10. CRASHES BY CONTRIBUTING FACTOR All Fatal Injury
1. Speed too fast 496 10 343
2. Failed to yield 2,494 13 1,473
3. Passed stop sign 546 1 346
4. Disregard traffic signal 683 3 424
5. Drove left of center 144 84
6. Improper overtaking 131 2 68
7. FollowTooClose/FailAvd 3,626 3 2,170
8. Made improper turn 457 184
9. Had been drinking 391 16 240
10. Other improper driving 1,921 10 933
11. Mechanical defect 55 38
12. All Other Causes 444 9 293
Totals 11,388 67 6,596
12. ROAD SURFACE CONDITION All Fatal Injury
1. Dry 7,031 20 4,008
2. Wet 1,926 7 1,090
3. Snowy or icy 72 36
4. Other
5. Not stated 448 8 158
Totals 9,477 35 5,292

 

14. MANNER OF COLLISION All Fatal Injury
1. Head-on 80 2 57
2. Rear end 4,033 5 2,439
3. Angle 3,059 5 1,599
4. Sideswipe-meeting 139 59
5. Sideswipe-overtaking 908 1 309
6. Backed into 103 24
7. Other 161 39
Totals 8,483 13 4,526
9. RESIDENCE OF DRIVER All Crashes Fatal Injury
1. Local resident 8,130 34 8,096
2. In-state resident 408 1 407
3. Non resident 1,297 7 1,290
4. Not stated 8,577 7 849
Totals 18,412 49 10,642
13. LIGHT CONDITION All Fatal Injury
1. Daylight 6,572 12 3,602
2. Dawn or Dusk 682 406
3. Darkness 2,196 22 1,280
4. Not stated 27 1 4
Totals 9,477 35 5,292

 

 

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