Woman Died After Pulling Out in Front of Truck
Date: April 3, 2012
Location: Highway 126W, near Blue River
Names: Johanna June Kirkpatrick, Ron A. Bonini
OSP Senior Trooper Blaine Hlebechuk told KVAL.com that the accident happened around 2:40 Tuesday afternoon. Johanna Kirkpatrick, 83, of Blue River, was exiting the parking lot of an automotive repair business located on the north side of Highway 126. She was driving a 2001 Ford Escort.
Trooper Hlebechuk said when the car exited the parking lot, it turned left in front of a U-Haul moving truck being driven by Ron Bonini, 42, from Eugene. The truck struck the driver’s side of the Escort, and when emergency responders arrived on the scene, they discovered that Kirkpatrick had been killed in the collision. Bonini was not injured in the crash.
We would like to extend our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Johanna Kirkpatrick at this tragic time.
As Portland car accident attorneys, we know that filing an insurance claim can be extremely complicated and stressful. After a crash like this, any injured person can seek compensation through the at-fault driver’s insurance policy, or through their own uninsured motorist coverage.
Steps to Take for Filing an Insurance Claim after an Oregon Accident:
- Get medical treatment. If you’ve been injured, waiting to seek medical treatment can greatly affect the value of your claim.
- Right after the accident, write down any details you remember.
- Contact your insurance company and get a copy of your insurance policy if you don’t have one. Talk to your adjuster about using your personal injury protection (PIP) coverage for medical treatment, lost wages, etc.
- Determine the amount of property damage done.
- Start keeping good records. Get the police report, copies of medical bills, pictures of your car before and after repairs, etc.
- If you are considering hiring a lawyer, talk to the lawyer before you talk to the other driver’s insurance company.
- If you know you are not going to hire an attorney, contact the insurance company for the other driver yourself. Be honest, but do not give a recorded statement and do not admit any liability.
- Get all correspondence with both insurance companies in writing.
- Do not sign anything until you are done treating and are medically stationary.
- Check the statute of limitations on your claim. For most car accidents in Oregon, the time limit is two years, but this is not true for all cases. In some cases, you will only have 180 days – speaking to an attorney can clarify your time limits.
- Discuss your case with a car accident attorney in Portland who offers free consultations to start understanding the laws that affect your case and your rights as an accident victim.
But before you speak to the insurance adjuster or an attorney, you can learn more about the Oregon insurance claim process in the very helpful book, 7 Common Mistakes That Can Wreck Your Oregon Accident Case.
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