Semi-Truck Attempting to Pass Causes Serious Injuries
Date: July 12, 2013
Location: Highway 97, Crescent
Names: Johnny Panos, Daniel Rylee
Police report that 57-year-old Johnny Panos was attempting to make a left hand turn from the southbound lane of Highway 97. As he was turning, his Toyota pick up truck was hit by a semi-truck that was attempting to pass him. The impact was so severe that the semi overturned and the pickup truck was pushed off the roadway and onto the shoulder of the road.
Panos suffered serious injuries and had to be airlifted to St. Charles Medical Center in Bend. The driver of the semi, 23-year-old Daniel Rylee, of Council Bluff, Iowa, suffered minor injures in the crash.
The highway was closed for several hours as the semi was blocking all the lanes of the road. By the early afternoon, one lane of the highway had been reopened. Initially, it was reported that power lines were downed as a result of the accident, however, it was later determined that this was an error.
We would like to extend our best wishes to the parties injured in this accident, Johnny Panos and Daniel Rylee. We hope you have a fast and full recovery.
If you or a loved one was injured in a trucking accident, consider contacting a compassionate and competent Portland truck accident attorney. They will be able to explain to you the extensive investigation required by these accidents.
Truck accidents require extensive investigation to determine liability. The insurance company that works for the trucking company will look at witness statements, trucking logs, cell phone records of both drivers, police reports, the trucking company’s safety record. Be aware that this is happening, and do not sign any documents from that company without speaking to a lawyer.
You should investigate also. Take pictures at the site of the accident, keep your medical records and bills, and exchange information with the truck driver.
The next steps (seeking medical treatment, investigating the trucking company, bringing a personal injury claim, etc.) can be tricky and overwhelming. Let a Portland personal injury lawyer help you get better, by letting you focus on yourself, instead of the at-fault driver.