Two Motorcyclists Injured on Highway 199, Hit by Suspended Driver
Date: October 29, 2013
Location: Milepost 31, Highway 199, south of Cave Junction
Names: Joshua Kaufman, Robert White, Wendy Zabriskie
Joshua Kaufman, 39, was sustained serious injuries, while Robert White, 32, received minor injuries. Both were taken to Three Rivers Community Hospital for treatment.
They were hit from behind by a 1993 Jeep Cherokee driven by Wendy Zabriskie, 38. Police have cited her for driving with a suspended license and following too close.
We extend our sympathies to the injured and hope they recover quickly and completely.
We wish Kaufman a complete and speedy recovery, and hope that this accident can serve as a reminder for all of us to be aware of the dangers motorcyclists face while sharing the road.
In fact, according to the NHTSA, motorcyclists are 16 times more likely to sustain serious injuries than drivers of cars in motor vehicle crashes. With this alarming rate of injury, it is vital that you take precautions as a motorcyclist and as a driver. While we should always be aware and careful when driving a car, we must redouble our efforts when motorcycles are near, because hitting one can be disastrous.
If you are involved in a motorcycle accident, there are several things you should do:
- Contact the police. If the police won’t come to the scene, you must report your accident to the DMV within 72 hours.
- Call an ambulance, if necessary.
- If you are able, exchange contact and insurance information with the other driver(s), passengers, and witnesses.
- Take photos. The more photos you have of the damage done to your motorcycle, the other vehicle, tire marks on the road, weather conditions, property damage, the intersection, your injuries, etc. the better.
- Take before and after photographs of any repairs made to your motorcycle, and keep all the record for those repairs.
In Oregon, motorcycle riders are not required to have Personal Injury Protection (PIP) insurance coverage, which is the no-fault insurance that covers medical bills in most auto accidents. But, if you are injured as a motorcyclist, your health insurance should cover your medical bills. Then your health insurance will be reimbursed once you have reached a settlement with the at-fault driver’s insurance company.
If you still have questions, concerns, or are unsure how to proceed, contact a Portland motorcycle accident attorney for a free consultation and case evaluation.