What Does the Future of Personal Injury Law Look Like in Oregon and Washington State?

As industries evaluate the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, personal injury attorneys wonder how these changes could affect their industry’s future. The rise of ridesharing, autonomous features in vehicles, and the gig economy could recalibrate the personal injury landscape.

As industries across the country evaluate the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, personal injury attorneys wonder how these changes could affect their industry’s future. While it’s impossible to predict what the upcoming years will look like, industry experts are starting to share their thoughts on what trends may play a major role in shaping the course of personal injury law. Let’s take a look at a few of these predictions and how they could impact future personal injury and auto accident claims in Portland and Vancouver.

The Rise of Ridesharing

Even in the wake of the pandemic, ridesharing companies continue to serve customers in major cities across the country. As we start resuming our pre-pandemic lives and venturing out into the world more often, ridesharing is sure to grow in popularity. However, what happens when you’re injured in a car accident involving a ridesharing vehicle? Who bears responsibility? How do you collect compensation? Auto accident attorneys can prepare for these situations by anticipating client questions and concerns relating to such incidents.

New Definitions of Distracted Driving

While fully autonomous vehicles have not appeared on Pacific Northwest roadways yet, many new cars offer certain autonomous features. Enhanced autopilot capabilities, self-parking vehicles, and other technologies may lead to driver confusion. Drivers may incorrectly assume that they can leave their vehicle in autopilot mode while texting, leading to an auto accident. Moving forward, the task of defining a distracted driving behavior may become more complicated.

Injuries Related to the Gig Economy in Portland and Vancouver

Companies like Amazon and DoorDash that provide home-delivery services have become incredibly popular, especially in the wake of the pandemic. People prefer to shop from home and have others deliver food from their favorite restaurants. However, what happens when these workers are involved in an auto accident? If you suffer an injury caused by a gig worker, what steps do you take when pursuing a personal injury claim? As these types of situations may involve multiple parties, it’s essential to work with an attorney who understands the nuances of such cases.


The knowledgeable and compassionate personal injury attorneys at Henderson Taylor Law Firm are dedicated to helping clients throughout Portland and Vancouver recover compensation. Call (360) 737-1478 today to get started.