Six People Injured in Three-Car Crash
Date: July 16, 2013
Location: Highway 197, The Dalles
Name: Omar Diaz Cruz
Police report in the very early morning, two vehicles were transporting workers to the Omeg Family Orchards. As the vehicles were stopped and waiting to turn left into the orchard’s access road, the vehicle in the rear was hit by a van driven by Omar Diaz Cruz. Then the vehicle in the middle was shoved into the vehicle in the front.
None of the people in the first car were reported to be injured. However, everyone in the middle car reported pain and dizziness and they were all transported to the hospital. A man in the van likely suffered the worst injury. At the time of the collision, he was bending down to pick up an identification card he’d dropped. When the collision occurred, his forehead hit the dashboard and he sustained a laceration and a possible broken bone. All of the men were treated and released from the hospital in good condition.
The driver of the van was cited for following too close and for not having a valid driver’s license.
We would like to extend our best wishes for a full recovery to all the people injured in the accident. We hope you all recover quickly and completely.
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 wellbeing. Remember, you can always contact an Oregon personal injury attorney for a free consultation and evaluation of your case if you need help.