Teen Seriously Injured in Collision With Motor Home
Date: July 6, 2013
Location: U.S. Highway 26, Warm Springs
Names: Tyler Van Vactor, Richard G. Stevens
Van Vactor was traveling on U.S. Highway 26 in the late morning when he stopped to make a left turn onto a Forest Service road. Richard G. Stevens, 67, of Vancouver, was driving a 36-foot motor home on the same roadway when he came upon Van Vactor’s vehicle. The two vehicles collided and Van Vactor’s Volkswagen suffered serious damage from the much larger vehicle. It was pushed more than 150 feet before it finally came to a rest in the trees on the side of the road.
Van Vactor was transported via life flight to Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, where he is reported to be in serious condition. Stevens and his passenger suffered no injuries in the collision.
The highway had to be closed for approximately 30 minutes while first responders cleared the scene. The accident is still under investigation and no citations were reported to have been issued.
We would like to express our best wishes for a full recovery to Tyler Van Vactor as he recovers from this serious collision. We hope this young man does not suffer any permanent injuries.
After an auto accident remember to:
1. Take care of your body:
- Get medical treatment and keep treating until stable.
- Don’t be afraid to ask for referrals and to seek out doctors you can trust.
- Keep all of your medical bills and medical records relating to the crash.
2. Collect evidence:
- Take photos at the scene of your car, their car, your injuries, and anything else that seems relevant.
- When you get home, write down any details you remember after the accident.
- File an Oregon Traffic and Insurance Report within 72 hours of the accident. Keep your copy.
- Get a copy of your police report (if one was filed).
- Keep track of the damage done to your vehicle and document repairs with photos.
- Do not give recorded statements to any insurance company without talking to a competent Portland car accident attorney.
3. Protect your rights:
- Read 7 Common Mistakes That Can Wreck Your Oregon Accident Case
- Keep good records of your treatment, damages, lost wages, etc.
- Get all correspondence with insurance companies in writing.
- Find out your statute of limitations.
This process can feel confusing and overwhelming, especially when you are in pain and worried about your financial well-being. Remember, you can always contact an Oregon personal injury attorney for a free consultation and evaluation of your case if you need help.