Car crash victims may be blindsided by an accident. Luckily, the legal system is designed to help victims with the challenges and expenses that follow. A recent study found that Portland is in the bottom 25 percent of the safest driving cities in the United States. As part of the study, 194 cities were ranked and Portland came in at 154. The study calculated the number of years the average driver goes without a being involved in a car crash. The number for each city was then compared to the national average. Portland drivers go an average of 7.9 years without a car accident. This number is 25 percent shorter the national average. Car accidents, especially when resulting from another person’s negligence, can occur without warning. They can leave car accident victims with physical and emotional injuries and unexpected medical bills and costs. Additionally, they can sometimes leave a victim unable to work in the near term, or even threaten the victim’s ability to earn a livelihood in the future, depending on the severity of the injuries. All of these types of damages are potentially compensable to an injured victim through a personal injury lawsuit. When a person is involved in a car accident and suffers injuries, the car accident victim can bring a claim for compensation of medical expenses, lost wages and medical expenses against the careless driver that caused the accident. There are a variety of ways that a negligent driver can be liable for an auto accident. Drunk drivers, distracted drivers, drivers who are texting and driving and careless drivers in a variety of other circumstances can all be liable to an injured car accident victim for damages. Source: KATU, “Portland among the least safe driving cities, study finds,” Laura McVicker, Aug. 28, 2013.