Date: July 4, 2013
Location: Southeast 82nd Avenue and Center Street, Portland
Name: Peter Chen
The child was walking with his family when the accident occurred. They had partially crossed over 82nd and Center and were stopped at a median in the center of the road. The child, Peter Chen, then stepped off the median and was hit by a car driven by an unnamed 58-year-old woman.
Witnesses state that the impact was severe and the child was thrown several feet in the air. His injuries were traumatic and officers had serious concerns that he would not survive. An officer arrived at the scene and performed CPR until paramedics arrived. Chen was then taken to a hospital in Portland, where he was initially listed as being in critical condition. By Friday, the hospital had upgraded his condition to serious.
The driver of the vehicle that hit the child stayed at the scene and cooperated with police. It does not appear that any citations were issued. The child was crossing in a marked crosswalk when the accident occurred.
We would like to express our sympathies to Peter Chen and his family following this horrific accident. Our best wishes are with you all as he recovers from his serious injuries.
The most vulnerable user on the road is a pedestrian: people are no match for cars, motorcycles, or even bicycles. Like Peter Chen, pedestrians who survive accidents are extremely lucky. Unfortunately, however, they often sustain serious injuries, and have very high medical bills as a result.
Fortunately, Oregon requires motorists to carry Personal Injury Protection (PIP) as part of their auto insurance. And according to Oregon law, if a pedestrian does not have auto insurance or health insurance, the at-fault driver’s auto insurance PIP coverage will cover the pedestrian.
This PIP coverage can be used to pay for medical bills, lost wages, and even household expenses until a settlement is made between insurance companies. If a pedestrian does have auto insurance or health insurance, they will be able to use their own PIP or health insurance until a settlement is reached. If lost wages and household expenses exceed the injury victim’s PIP (or the pedestrian does not have PIP), then the driver’s PIP coverage will apply as well.
A knowledgeable Portland personal injury attorney familiar with pedestrian accidents can help you win a settlement to pay for your medical bills, pain and suffering, and lost wages and can also help you gain access to the at-fault driver’s PIP coverage. They can also negotiate with your insurance, the at-fault driver’s insurance, and your health insurance to minimize what you will have to pay back.