Crash On SW Barbur Leaves People Frustrated with Hit and Runs
Date: August 16, 2013
Location: SW Barbur Boulevard, Portland
Name: Henry Schmidt
Police report that Henry Schmidt was walking his bike in a bike lane when he was on his way home from work. As he was walking on SW Barbur Boulevard, he was hit by a car and severely injured. The car left the scene following the crash and did not stay to render aid to Schmidt. No description of the vehicle was given and it was not clear if Schmidt was able to tell police anything about the vehicle that hit him.
Luckily for the injured man, a bus driver saw him and immediately stopped and called 911. Schmidt was then taken to the hospital, where he was diagnosed with a fractured spine and a lacerated spleen plus multiple broken bones.
Police are still searching for the driver who hit him. Schmidt’s mother stated in a press conference that the vehicle will have obvious damage, as glass was found in Schmidt’s wounds and in his mouth.
We would like to wish Henry Schmidt a complete and rapid recovery from his injuries. In addition, we hope that this hit and run driver who left Schmidt is located and held fully accountable for their actions.
According to the Oregon Department of Transportation, there are over 1,000 hit and run injury accidents in the state every year. These often tragic and disturbing crashes affect pedestrians, bicyclists, motorcyclists, etc. – and often greatly affect their families as well.
We send our best wishes to all of the victims of these terrible crimes, and especially to NAME. We wish you a speedy and complete recovery.
ORS 811.705 explains that it is a criminal offense to hit a person, animal, or private property and leave the scene without rendering aid, exchanging information, and reporting the accident to the DMV. This failure to perform the duties of a driver is a crime, and in some instances, a felony.
Just because you don’t know who hit you, doesn’t mean you can’t get help. In Oregon, every driver is required to have at least $25,000 in Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist (UIM) coverage. This means you can file a claim with your own insurance.
Filing a claim with your own insurance can be confusing, however, so talk to a dedicated Portland hit and run attorney to discuss your case for free, or consider ordering our Free Oregon Accident Book to learn more about UIM insurance coverage.