Hermiston Accident Leaves One Seriously Injured
Date: June 22, 2013
Location: Highway 207, Hermiston
Names: Manuel Ramirez, Wesley Young
Wesley Young from Hermiston was driving a Ford pickup truck on Highway 207 around 8:30 in the evening. As he was traveling in the southbound lane, a four door Honda pulled out in front of him from the intersection of Ott Road. Young was unable to stop in time and collided with the vehicle. The Honda was driven by Manuel Ramirez from Patterson.
Ramirez was seriously injured in the collision. He was initially transported to Good Shepherd Medical Center via ambulance. Later, he was airlifted to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland for further treatment of his injuries. His current condition was not available, but his injuries were not reported to be life threatening.
Police report that speed was not a contributing factor in the accident. All parties involved were wearing safety belts and the other driver was not injured. It does not appear that either man had any passengers in his vehicle when the collision occurred.
We would like to extend our best wishes for a full recovery to the driver who was injured, Manuel Ramirez. We hope you are able to recover quickly and completely.
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.