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Lance D. Youd

Portland Pedestrian Accident Attorney


In 2021, 26 pedestrians lost their lives in fatal pedestrian accidents while they were innocently walking to their destination. According to the Portland Police, that number was the highest it has been in 50 years. Even when a pedestrian survives a crash, they will likely suffer serious injuries due to the fact that they are exposed and have so little protection. If you have been hurt, or have lost someone in a crash, our Portland pedestrian accident attorney can help you claim the damages you need to make a full recovery.

Types of Pedestrian Accidents

Pedestrians can become hurt in a number of different ways while they are on the roads. The most common types of accidents involving pedestrians are as follows:

  • Accidents in crosswalks: The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) guidelines state that all major intersections have a crosswalk. It does not matter if these are marked with painted lines, flashing lights, or nothing at all. Drivers are required to stop and yield to pedestrians who are trying to cross the street, but motorists do not always comply with the law.
  • Turning accidents: Intersections are very dangerous for pedestrians, as are side streets where motorists make turns. Drivers who speed or fail to pay attention are most likely to cause a pedestrian accident in these locations.
  • Accidents in parking lots: Parking lots are one of the most common places for pedestrians to occur in Portland. Back-over accidents commonly occur in these areas and tragically, children are the ones who are most affected because they are more difficult for drivers to see.
  • Sideswipe accidents: Not all areas of Portland have sidewalks and when that is the case, pedestrians should walk on the far side of the road. Unfortunately, this is still not entirely safe as a driver may become distracted or the road conditions may be poor, causing a driver to swerve and crash into a pedestrian.
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Are Drivers Always to Blame for Pedestrian Accidents?

It is a common misconception that when a pedestrian and a driver are involved in a crash, the motorist is always at fault. This is not true. Drivers are only to blame for pedestrian accidents when they have acted negligently or broken a law. For example, a distracted driver is at fault if they did not see a pedestrian in a crosswalk and they crashed into them.

However, pedestrians can also be found at fault for an accident. For example, if a pedestrian darted out into traffic in an area that did not have a crosswalk and without looking to ensure the way was clear, they can be found at fault for a crash. A Portland pedestrian accident attorney will review these claims and fight for the rights of the victim. 

Call Our Experienced Pedestrian Accident Attorney in Portland Now

Even if you were not in a marked crosswalk during a crash, you may still have a valid case against a negligent driver. Lance D. Youd, Attorney at Law, is a Portland pedestrian accident attorney who has the necessary experience to hold negligent drivers and their insurers accountable for paying the full settlement you deserve. Call us now at (503) 399-8967 or contact us online to request a free case evaluation and to learn more about how we can help.

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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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