Teen Pedestrian Injured after Being Struck by Van on Pacific Blvd.
Date: November 8, 2013
Location: Pacific Boulevard near 12th Street
Name: Kellie Jones
According to reports Kellie Jones was in the crosswalk on Pacific Boulevard near 12th Street when she was hit by a van driven by Todd Hunsaker, 45. Police have cited Hunsaker for failure to stop for a pedestrian.
Jones’ pelvis was broken in the crash and she is being treated at the Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland.
We extend our sympathies to Jones and hope she recovers completely and quickly.
The most vulnerable user on the road is a pedestrian: people are no match for cars, motorcycles, or even bicycles. Like Jones, 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.