Pedestrian in a Coma After Sun Glare Crash in Hillsboro
Date: July 22, 2013
Location: Northwest 194th Terrace and Evergreen Parkway, Hillsboro
Names: Adrianne Susbauer, Josefina Huntington
Adrianne Susbauer, 26, was walking her dog in the early evening. As she was crossing, Josefina Huntington, 61, was approaching the intersection in her 2006 Honda Element. Huntington believed that she had a green light when she was passing through the intersection, but stated that the sun was obscuring her view. She flipped down the sun visor and then she saw Susbauer crossing. She did not have time to stop and collided with her.
Susbauer was critically injured and was taken to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland. Her dog died at the scene of the accident.
Police are continuing to investigate the accident, as well as whether the light was green when Huntington drove through the intersection. They are waiting to interview Susbauer, who is currently in a coma. No citations have been issued at this time.
We would like to express our deepest sympathies to the woman who was seriously injured in the accident, Adrianne Susbauer. We hope she is able to fully recover from her injuries.
The most vulnerable user on the road is a pedestrian: people are no match for cars, motorcycles, or even bicycles. Like Adrianne Susbauer, pedestrians who survive accidents are extremely lucky. Unfortunately, however, they often sustain serious injuries, and have very high medical bills as a result.
Fortunately, Oregon requires motorists to carry Personal Injury Protection (PIP) as part of their auto insurance. And according to Oregon law, if a pedestrian does not have auto insurance or health insurance, the at-fault driver’s auto insurance PIP coverage will cover the pedestrian.
This PIP coverage can be used to pay for medical bills, lost wages, and even household expenses until a settlement is made between insurance companies. If a pedestrian does have auto insurance or health insurance, they will be able to use their own PIP or health insurance until a settlement is reached. If lost wages and household expenses exceed the injury victim’s PIP (or the pedestrian does not have PIP), then the driver’s PIP coverage will apply as well.
A knowledgeable Portland personal injury attorney familiar with pedestrian accidents can help you win a settlement to pay for your medical bills, pain and suffering, and lost wages and can also help you gain access to the at-fault driver’s PIP coverage. They can also negotiate with your insurance, the at-fault driver’s insurance, and your health insurance to minimize what you will have to pay back.