Two Injured in Crash Near Junction City, Oregon
Date: June 17, 2013
Location: Intersection of Highway 36 and Dorsey Lane, near Cheshire, Junction City
Names: Michael Spicer, Laticia Spicer, Cynthia Brenneman
According to the police, the accident occurred when Cynthia Brenneman, 58, did not stop her 1996 Ford Taurus as she was northbound on Dorsey Lane at the Highway 36 intersection.
Her vehicle hit a Dodge 2500 pickup heading west and being driven by Michael Spicer, 70, causing it to roll into a ditch. The collision injured Michael and his wife Laticia Spicer, 71. The injured were taken to the hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. All the people involved were wearing safety restraints at the time of the accident, according to the police.
Brenneman was not injured in the crash. Police have issued a citation to her for failing to obey a traffic control device.
We extend our sympathies to the injured and hope they recover quickly and completely.
We wish Spicer and all the people involved in this crash a full and speedy recovery.
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.