UPS Driver Injured In Swan Island Pedesitran Accident
Date: November 4, 2013
Location: N. Basin St., Swan Island
Police report that the driver, whose name has not been released, was crossing a crosswalk on North Basin Street on Swan Island. As he was crossing in the marked crosswalk, he was hit by a vehicle and suffered critical injuries.
It was reported that people in the area have been asking for something to be done about the crosswalk, which was put in 6 years ago. This crosswalk is thought to be very dangerous by the residents of the neighborhood, with many people reporting their own close calls with motorists who could not see the crosswalk.
The Portland Bureau of Transportation is reported to be looking into possibilities for fixing the crosswalk, stating “safety is our priority.” There have been suggestions to do things like add a stop sign or install flashing lights at the crosswalk, but to date, no definite plans have been made to combat this serious problem.
We would like to wish the UPS driver injured in the collision a fast and full recovery. We also hope that the city is quick to respond to concerns over this crosswalk, in the interest of public safety.
The most vulnerable user on the road is a pedestrian: people are no match for cars, motorcycles, or even bicycles. Like NAME, 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.