Uber Fined for Allowing Felons and Disqualified Drivers to Drive Passengers

Uber has proven it is a convenient and reliable source of transportation.  However, safety has always been a concern.  Many Uber drivers are involved in traffic crashes because they are distracted by the passengers or their mobile device they rely on to drive for Uber.  Uber has also hired many drivers that have criminal histories that are a cause for concern. [Click here for the previous article] Last week Colorado fined Uber $8,900,000.00 for violating driver qualification laws.[Click here to read article].

The fines are a result of Uber hiring 57 drivers with criminal convictions that should have disqualified them from working.  Some of the questionable drivers had felony convictions that should have disqualified them.  Hiring drivers with felony convictions or other disqualifying theft related or assault convictions puts passengers at risk.  It also violated Colorado's laws, resulting in the fines.   

Mr. Clown says, "Trust me!  I passed the background check."

Mr. Clown says, "Trust me!  I passed the background check."

Although the State of Oregon has yet to audit Uber.  Uber drivers have done some terrifying things here  here in Oregon.  There are instances of Uber drivers being involved in road rage, stalking, and assault in Oregon.  Allowing a convicted felon to act as an Uber driver may increase the likelihood that driver will be involved in illegal activity.  If a driver is involved in unlawful activity Uber should be held accountable for all of the victim's losses.

If you, or someone you know, are involved in an incident with an Uber or other rideshare driver please call Portland Oregon Attorney, Jeremiah Ross for your free case evaluation.  Call Ross Law PDX at 503.224.1658 to discuss how the Uber driver and Uber can be held accountable.  Please remember this post is for advertising purposes.   Also, this post does not create an attorney client relationship.


It is hard to believe Thanksgiving is already here in Oregon.  This means that hundreds of thousands of Oregonians are going to hit the road to spend Thanksgiving with friends and family.  The surge in traffic can cripple Oregon's roads especially around Portland, Salem, Woodburn, and Eugene.  The increased traffic not only can cause frustration and delay, but it can also cause more vehicle crashes.  Here are some tips to help reduce your stress and chances of being in a vehicle crash:

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  1. Travel during a less congested timeTravel and Leisure Magazine states that Portland's traffic will be at its worse this Wednesday and then again on Friday at 4 p.m.  They suggest driving on Thanksgiving day or early Sunday morning to avoid the traffic.  Also, leave a little earlier than you think you should.  This will build a buffer time, so you won't be in a rush to get to your destination if you encounter unforeseen traffic.
  2. Be Prepared for Traffic: If you get hangry, or have little ones you should be prepared for a trip that may take a couple of hours longer than usual.  Throwing some snacks in a bag, bringing some toys for the kids, or other things to entertain them will help relieve a lot of the frustration of sitting in traffic.  As a father of a toddler and a baby, I know this isn't always feasible, but it can help.  This may help you remain more alert and focused on the road.  
  3. Leave extra room between you and the car in front of you:  Rear end crashes are going to be common this weekend. People will be traveling too close to the vehicle in front of them.  It happens every year.  These crashes are easy to avoid if drivers simply pay attention and leave extra room between them and the car in front of you.  This can be hard in bumper to bumper traffic, but it can also mean the difference between staying safe and being in a crash.
  4. Cut Down on Distractions:  Phones, Ipads, in-vehicle movies, and rowdy kids can all create unnecessary distractions that can lead to a crash.  Drivers should do whatever they can to reduce these distractions.  The new iPhone update has a "Do not disturb"  option that allows the phone to not communicate while you are driving.  This is a handy feature but should be unnecessary if you simply remain off of the phone.   Keeping devices away from the driver and keeping the kids happy are two ways to prevent distractions. Also, remember the stiff penalties for holding a mobile device while driving.
  5. Ensure Your Vehicle is Mechanically Sound:   When was the last time your windshield wipers were replaced?  When was the last time your tires were inspected?  What about that noise under the hood?  These mechanical issues can result in a crash or an unnecessary delay.   It is supposed to be rainy all week in Northwestern Oregon so wipers, headlights, and tires are important on a long trip.  Good tires prevent you from hydroplaning so ensure you have ample tread on them.  Many crashes are a result of poor visibility so good wipers and headlights are a necessity.  Also, you don't want to be stranded on the side of the road with a serious mechanical issue that could have been avoided by a quick inspection.   If you think something is wrong with the vehicle, have it looked at before you leave.

Of course, there are other tips to keep you and your family safe on the road, but these should get you thinking about it.  You don't want a relaxing holiday to turn into a nightmare scenario.  If you, or someone you know, have been in a traffic crash please contact Jeremiah Ross at 503.224.1658 for your free personal injury case evaluation.  Ross Law LLC is happy to represent personal injury clients in Oregon.    

Happy Veterans Day! Veterans day events in Portland

I usually work most holidays, but tomorrow Ross Law will be closed in honor of veterans day and the Marine Corps Birthday.  Over the next couple of days, I will be remembering the good and bad times I had in the Marine Corps and National Guard. I will also reach out to those that I served with, and take time to remember those that paid the ultimate price of freedom.   Please thank a veteran this weekend and remember all they have done for us. 

If you are in Portland you are in luck as there is plenty to do this weekend in honor of Veterans Day. 

  • The Oregon Zoo gives military veterans, active duty service members, and family members a free day at the zoo on November 11.
  • There is a Veterans Meetup on at 3:30pm on November 11, 2017, at Rontoms lounge in Portland. 
  • The Trailblazers are having Military Appreciation Night on November 10, 2017. 
  • The Portland's Veteran's Day Parade will be kicking off at 930AM on November 11, 2017 in the Hollywood neighborhood.

For a complete list of Veterans Day events throughout Oregon click here.  For a list of businesses that have chosen to honor veterans by providing discounts, free services, or discounts, click here.

 If you are a Veteran in need of legal help, please call me at 503.224.1658.  If I can't assist you, I will do my best to find you someone that can assist you with your legal issue.

Oregon's Most Dangerous Hosptials

Patient Safety is a huge issue in today's medical world. As many as 440,000 people die every year from preventable errors in hospitals.  When hospitals put profits over safety patients may get seriously injured or die.  A recent survey by Leapfrog Hospital Grades has been published and reported on by Oregonlive.  The survey gives grades designating Oregon's safest and most dangerous hospitals . Leapfrog measured the hospital's overall performance in keeping patients safe from preventable harm and medical errors," (Oregonlive) The results are surprising and worrysome.

The good news is many of Oregon's hospitals received an "A" rating.  Here are some of Oregon's safest hospitals that received the highest "A rating":

  • Portland Adventist (Portland)
  • Asante Three Rivers Medical Center (Grants Pass)
  • CHI Mercy Health Mercy Medical Center (Roseburg)
  • Kaiser Sunnyside Medical Center (Clackamas)
  • Kaiser Westside Medical Center (Hillsboro)
  • Legacy Meridian Park (Tualatin)
  • Providence Milwaukie Hospital (Milwaukie)
  • Providence Portland Medical Center (Portland)
  • Providence Willamette Falls Medical Center (Oregon City)

Surprisingly some of Oregon's larger more well-known hospitals received the lower "C" score.  These scores are much lower than some of the lesser known rural hospitals.  Some other well-known hospitals received an average "B" rating. For example:

  • Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center (Portland) received a "B"
  • Legacy Mt. Hood Medical (Gresham) received a "B"
  • McKenzie-Willamette Medical Center (Springfield) received a "B"
  • Legacy Emanual Medical Center (Portland) received a "C"
  • Oregon Health and Science University (Portland) received a "C" (Click for report)
  • Providence Saint Vincent Medical Center (Portland) received a "C"

The bottom line is that if you have an opportunity to choose your medical care you should consider patient safety in your decision on where you will receive treatment.  Hopefully, the hospitals that received the lower ratings will strive to get better.  Only time will tell. 

If you or someone you know has been injured at a hospital due to the Hospital's negligence or medical provider's malpractice call Portland Oregon attorney Jeremiah Ross for your free case evaluation at 503.224.1658.  Please remember Ross Law LLC is not affiliated with The LeapFrogGroup and the results above are not independently verified.  Please remember this post may be construed as attorney advertising.

Ross Law Jury Trial-Attorney Fees Awarded to Jeremiah's Client

Jeremiah's personal injury client was recently awarded attorney fees and costs in addition to the thousands of dollars the Jury Awarded his client.   The Jury sided with Jeremiah's injured client who had suffered muscle strains in a motor vehicle crash.  Then it was up to the Judge of whether or not to award attorney fees and costs. 

The Judge's separate award of attorneys fees is a great outcome for the client.  This means Ross Law will not be paid Attorney Fees and Costs out of the the Jury's Award.  GEICO (The Bad Driver's Insurance Company) will have to pay Ross Law's Attorney Fees and costs incurred on behalf of his injured client.   That means more money goes to Jeremiah's injured client.

If you or someone you know have a personal injury case call personal injury lawyer Jeremiah Ross at 503.224.1658.  Ross Law LLC provides free personal injury consultations.  If you have questions about attorney fees call Jeremiah Ross at 503.224.1658.  Please remember results may vary.



Be Safe in These Dark Days. Tips to Remain Visible on the Road

Daylight savings has arrived. This is the time of year where most people's afternoon commute is done in the dark.  Pedestrians, cyclists, and drivers are all on the wet dark roads doing their best to get home.  This combination can lead to deadly consequences because pedestrians, cyclists, motorcycles, and other vehicles can be difficult to see.

The Portland Bureau of Transportation has provided some helpful tips for drivers.  PBOT recommends for drivers to: 

  • Use your headlights even if it is not "night time"
  • Leave more space between you and the car in front of you
  • Remember to practice patience and slow down
  • Stay in your lane and beware of drivers who dart from lane to lane
  • Even though the route may be familiar, don't go on autopilot; stay alert and ALWAYS watch for vulnerable road users such as people walking, biking and rolling
  • Don't touch your phone, eat, drink or do other things that are distracting. Remember, as of October 1, 2017, it is illegal to drive while holding or using an electronic device (i.e. a cell phone or tablet).
  • Slow down at crosswalks and take care when making turns – even at a signal.

Cyclists, Runners, and Pedestrians should increase their visibility by:

Did you know that you’re first visible to people driving from 500 feet away when you’re wearing reflective clothing? Compare this to just 55 feet away when wearing dark colors with no reflective gear or lights.
— Portland Bureau of Transportation
  • wearing reflective clothing or gear
  • using safety lights. 
  • When walking, keeping a small flashlight or using the feature on your phone is another helpful way to make sure you can see at night.

If you or someone you know has been injured in a crash involving a vehicle, call Portland personal injury lawyer Jeremiah Ross at 503.224.1658 for your free case evaluation.  Also, Ross Law LLC is not affiliated with the City of Portland and this post is for informational purposes only.  This post may be percieved as Attorney Advertising.

Jeremiah Ross Named Co-Chair of Oregon Trial Lawyers Association Consumer Law Section

Jeremiah was recently named co-chair of the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association's Consumer Law Section.  Jeremiah proudly represents Oregon Consumers in cases involving automobile dealer fraud, lemon law cases, negligent vehicle repairs, and vehicle warranty disputes.  If you, or someone you know, has been ripped off by a car dealer or you have been sold a lemon, call Jeremiah Ross at 503.224.1658.  Ross Law LLC is an Oregon law firm that represents Consumers and injury clients throughout Oregon.    


Halloween Tips Parents Should Know To Keep Their Kids Safe

I spent the vast majority of this weekend watching my kids have the time of their lives running and crawling around in their Halloween costumes.  Yesterday we attended Westmoreland's annual Monster March, and noticed the number of kids that were out this weekend compared with last year.  We are slated for great trick or treating weather which will mean there will be more and more kids trick or treating.  We are all excited to see the kids trick-or-treating, but we also have to remember that Halloween can be a dangerous time of year. 


Halloween is an extraordinarily dangerous time: DUII Drivers are all over the road, mischievous teenage drivers are on the roads, and drivers are distracted by the folks walking around in costume.  Mobs of Children are everywhere and are not paying attention to their surroundings. The totality of these circumstances combines to make for a very dangerous situation.  Many people are aware of the obvious dangers of Halloween, but there are some hidden dangers that parents should be aware of.

Visibility:  It is common sense that a child dressed as a Ninja or in Camouflage will be difficult to see.  However, every year I see a child dressed in all black without any reflective strips or lights to increase their visibility.  This creates the obvious risk of a car injuring your child.  It is best to ensure your child is visible by giving them something that glows or lights up to help motorist see them.  At a minimum put reflective tape around their ankles and wrist where it is visible to others.  Additionally, it is well known that the child should be able to see out of the mask they are wearing, but mask wearing parents need to also remember this.  Limiting your visibility can hinder your ability to keep an eye on your little ones as they run from house to house. 

Tripping:  Kids and parents often find themselves standing on unfamiliar porches littered with small pumpkins and other Halloween decorations.  It is important that you pay attention to these tripping hazards, so you and your child can avoid being injured by a fall caused by tripping over these objects.  Also, sidewalks covered with leaves can cause a person to fall and be injured.  Slow down and watch your step when walking on dark leaf covered sidewalks, and let your kids know they should slow down and watch their step. 

The Street:  The Street is an obvious danger to most, but many people live on quiet streets that do not have a lot of traffic.  Children become complacent and often play in the street or run across the street without being cognizant of the dangers involved. A recent tragic example illustrates the dangers of playing near the street. Two children were seriously injured and killed after being struck by a car as they were playing in leaves piled up in the street adjacent to the sidewalk in front of their house.  The Driver for some reason veered into the leaves, ran over the children, and fled the scene.  These unthinkable tragedies happen and the only way to prevent them is to do your best to keep the kids out of the street and ensure they are aware that they absolutely cannot be in the street on Halloween night. 

Stay Close to Your Little Ones:  My son finally understands the dangers cars pose.  However, sometimes he gets distracted and caught up in the moment, so it is up to me to look out for his safety.  Parents are always doing their best to look out for their children, but sometimes they may let their little ones get too far from them to react to a dangerous situation.  This is very true when people are in their own neighborhood because people often become complacent in their neighborhood. On Halloween, it is always a good idea to keep your little ones extremely close and walk all the way to the door with them.  Keep your body between them and the street, so if they do dart out into the street you are in a position to prevent them from going into the street. 

Halloween should be a fun time for all, and you should not have to spend the night in the hospital worrying about your little one’s injuries and the tens of thousands of dollars in medical bills. Being aware of the dangers can help you prevent yourself and your little ones from being injured by the negligence of another.  I wish you all a safe and Happy Halloween!

If you believe you were injured by the negligence of another call Oregon personal injury lawyers Ross Law LLC and Jeremiah Ross at 503.224.1658 for your free personal injury case evaluation.  Please remember this post is for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice.  Also, please remember that this post does not create an Attorney-client relationship.