Two Pedestrians Hit By Car When Man’s Cast Gets Stuck on Gas
Date: September 23, 2012
Location: 3495 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., Beaverton
Name: Steven Brown, Victims Unknown
Police report that Steven Brown, 66, of Portland, was operating his vehicle when he crashed near the New Seasons store located at 3495 SW Cedar Hills Blvd. Brown was driving while wearing a plastic walking cast on his foot. The cast became stuck on the gas pedal and he was unable to stop the vehicle. Brown collided with two parked cars, two trees, two pedestrians and a moving car before he finally managed to stop.
The two pedestrian’s names were not released. One suffered serious injuries and was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment. The other suffered minor injuries. None of the people in Brown’s vehicle were injured nor were there any reported injuries in the moving vehicle that Brown hit. The exact extent of the property damage was not reported.
No citations were issued or arrests made as a result of the accident, thought it is under review at this time.
We would like to express our best wishes to the two injured pedestrians. We hope that you both have a fast and full recovery from your injuries.
The most vulnerable user on the road is a pedestrian: people are no match for cars, motorcycles, or even bicycles. 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.