Four Injured in SE Portland, Driver Ran Red Light

Date: July 1, 2013
Location: 92nd Avenue, Southeast Portland
Names: Nang Nguyen, Zachery Jones, Stephen Bruce, Jamie Drennen

Four people were injured on Monday in Southeast Portland when one driver ran a red light.

Then accident occurred when Nang Nguyen, 65, drove through a red light in his 2008 Toyota Sienna and hit a 1996 Jeep Cherokee driven by Zachery Jones.

This caused the Jeep to roll and hit two bicyclists waiting to cross the road. The cyclists Stephen Bruce and Jamie Drennen sustained non-life-threatening injuries and were taken to local hospitals for treatment along with the two injured drivers.

Police have cited Nguyen for failure to obey a traffic control device. They have also cited Bruce for possession of Methamphetamine after the drug and paraphernalia were found in his possession after the accident.

We extend our sympathies to the injured and hope they recover quickly and completely.

We send our sympathies to Drennen, and wish for a full and speedy recovery after this incident.

Accidents like these remind us all, cyclists and drivers alike, that we need to be aware and respectful of each other on the road. The consequences when we fail to do so could be catastrophic.

Sometimes, despite a cyclist’s most careful riding, you can still be hit. If you are a cyclist and get into a bicycle accident:

  1. Call the police. It is important to have your story on record for any later claim, so even if the police will not come to the scene, file an accident report later.
  2. Take photos. Take photos of your bike and your injuries, the other vehicle involved, the road and surrounding area, any tire marks the car made, any obstacles that contributed to your fall, etc.
  3. If you can’t take photos at the time of the accident, have someone else do it, or return to the scene as soon as possible to do so.
  4. Take care of your body. After the accident, your adrenaline may mask any injuries you sustained. Go to the ER or to see your doctor if you start to feel discomfort, pain, or experience traumatic brain injury symptoms. Medical records are the best evidence of your injuries.
  5. Consider contacting a knowledgeable Portland bicycle accident attorney to help you navigate the tricky and confusing insurance claim process.

While you are taking care of your injuries, you may wonder how you will pay your accumulating medical bills. If you have auto insurance, your Personal Injury Protection (PIP) will cover your bills (up to $15,000) until you can reach a settlement with the at-fault driver’s insurance.

But what if you don’t carry auto insurance? If you were not at fault, and don’t carry auto insurance, your health insurance can pay your medical bills. Then, at settlement, the at-fault driver’s auto insurance should reimburse your health insurance for the medical costs.

What if you don’t have auto insurance OR health insurance? In that case, the driver’s PIP insurance should pay for your medical bills while you recover and then should also compensate you for any other damages.






About Sean DuBois

Sean is a personal injury attorney in Portland, OR. He has been recognized by Super Lawyers Magazine as Oregon Rising Stars for the past four years because of his dedication to justice and fair compensation for his clients. If you need to speak with a lawyer about your injury case, Sean can be reached at 503-222-4411.

Posted on July 16, 2013, in Automobile Accidents, Bicycle Accidents, Oregon Car Accidents, PIP and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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