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Lance D. Youd

Portland Drunk Driving Accident Attorney


Drunk driving is not only negligent behavior, it is extremely reckless. It is for this reason that Oregon legislators have enacted many laws to prevent it, and why law enforcement pursues impaired drivers so aggressively. Regardless of the law and the many awareness campaigns run over the years, too many drivers still get behind the wheel after having too much to drink. When they do, they cause accidents that result in severe injuries. If you have been hurt, our Portland drunk driving accident attorney can help you claim the full compensation you deserve.

Why is Drunk Driving So Dangerous?

Drunk driving causes hundreds of fatal accidents every year in Oregon. Alcohol directly affects the central nervous system and when it becomes impaired, it can greatly hinder a person’s reasoning, coordination, and cognitive functions. This can result in very dangerous conditions for a drunk driver, which include:

  • Impaired vision
  • Inability to multitask 
  • Inability to remain in one’s own lane and steer properly
  • Slowed reaction time to hazards and emergency situations
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Inability to brake properly and control speed

Due to the fact that the above issues are so serious for someone who is operating a vehicle, it is against the law for any motorist in Oregon to drive with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.08 percent or greater.

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Options for Pursuing Damages After a Drunk Driving Accident

The auto insurance laws in Oregon are unique. Unlike the majority of other states, which follow either a tort or no-fault system, Oregon uses a combination of both. After being hurt in a crash caused by a drunk driver, you can file a claim with your own insurance company regardless of who was at fault. By claiming your personal injury protection (PIP) benefits, you can receive up to $15,000 paid toward your medical expenses and if you carry higher PIP limits on your insurance policy you can recover up to the maximum of those limits.  You can also recover 70% of your lost wage through your PIP benefits, if you are off of work for more than 2 weeks.  The maximum PIP will pay, however, in one month is $3,000.00 and will only pay for up to 52 weeks.

Unfortunately, the amount of PIP benefits you receive may not be enough to fully cover the cost of your injuries. For example, if you are hospitalized, the stay alone could cost you thousands of dollars, not including the expenses you incur while there receiving treatment. When PIP is not enough, you can file a claim with the drunk driver’s insurance company. 

To recover for damages in an accident in Oregon you can be no more responsible than the other party.  If you are 51% at fault you cannot recover. A Portland drunk driving accident attorney will outline the options you have, and help you pursue the maximum damages you deserve.

Contact Our Drunk Driving Accident Attorney in Portland Today

Driving and drinking both come with strict responsibilities. Any time a driver disregards their responsibility in either regard and they cause injuries, they should be held liable for their reckless actions. Lance D. Youd, Attorney at Law, is a Portland drunk driving accident attorney who is committed to holding careless motorists responsible for their actions, and he will put his skill to work for you. Call us now at (503) 399-8967 or contact us online to schedule a free case evaluation.

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Our clients say it best

At Youd Law, we pride ourselves in offering unmatched service. Lance and his staff are responsive and respectful, providing efficient, expert assistance in a kind and courteous manner.


We cannot thank you enough for your generous intervention for our dear friends. It shows how God used you to answer prayer!

K H Family Family Law 2019

I wouldn’t want to go up against you Lance. Thanks to you and your team for your hard work.

KW July 2019

It’s been a long battle and I want you to know I appreciate all you have done.

RD July 2019

God answers…..One of our dear friends reached out to a lawyer she knows for me. What a great man! He contacted me and spent over a half an hour on the phone answering my questions.


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Lance D. Youd, Attorney at Law proudly serves clients in Salem, Portland,and all surrounding areas in the greater Willamette Valley, OR.


1596 Liberty St SE Salem, OR 97302
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17036 Canal Circle Lake Oswego, OR 97035
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