Oregon – A Leader in Legal Action Against Drunk Drivers Causing Injury.
In recent years, Oregon has made significant strides in increasing legal action taken against drunk drivers who cause injury to other motorists. This is a welcome move for many people throughout the state, and one that Pacific Injury Law Firm heartily supports. In this article, we provide an overview of the current legislation and what it means for victims of drunk driving accidents.
The New Laws
The most recent changes to the law were enacted by House Bill (HB) 3223, which was passed in 2019 and signed into law by Governor Kate Brown. This bill increased fines for those convicted of Driving Under the Influence (DUI) or Driving While Intoxicated (DWI). It also doubled jail time for those convicted of causing injury while driving under the influence or while intoxicated, with a minimum sentence of one year in jail and an additional two years if serious physical injury is caused. There are also new provisions that allow prosecutors to charge DUI offenses as felonies if they involve serious injury or death.
These laws are just part of a larger effort by Oregon legislators to target drunk driving offenders who cause injury or death on our roads. In 2017, HB 2314 was passed which allowed prosecutors to charge those involved in fatal DUI accidents with first-degree manslaughter if aggravating circumstances are present such as fleeing from police following an accident or having multiple DUIs on record already.
What These Laws Mean for Victims
For victims of drunk drivers, these laws offer some much-needed relief and justice from their ordeal. If you’ve been injured as a result of someone else’s negligence, you may be able to receive compensation through civil litigation with assistance from Pacific Injury Law Firm. Our experienced attorneys will fight on your behalf to get you the compensation you deserve for medical expenses, lost wages due to time off work, pain and suffering damages and more!
We understand how overwhelming it can feel when faced with this kind of situation; Pacific Injury Law Firm can help guide you through every step along the way so that you can focus on your recovery while we handle your case professionally and compassionately every step along the way - all without any out-of-pocket cost up front! To learn more about how our team can help maximize your recovery after being injured due to someone else’s negligence please contact us today at Pacific Injury Law Firm
Oregon has taken major steps towards protecting its citizens from negligent drivers who cause harm – especially when under the influence or otherwise impaired – by enacting harsher penalties for those people found guilty in court proceedings . We at Pacific Injury Law Firm applaud these efforts wholeheartedly; no one should have their life turned upside down because someone else chose not follow road safety laws like not drinking and driving! If you have been injured due to another person's negligence then please don't hesitate - contact us today at Pacific Injury Law Firm so that we can discuss your case further!