One Fatality in Lebanon, Oregon Crash
Date: November 28, 2013
Location: U.S. 20, Lebanon
Police report that a 25-year-old woman was operating a 1999 Dodge Stratus in the westbound lane of US 20, facing the wrong way down the lane. A 24-year-old Sweet Home man was traveling in the correct direction on US 20 and collided head on with the vehicle. The man’s vehicle came to rest on top of the Dodge Status.
The woman was killed on impact, while the man driving the pickup suffered no life threatening injuries. He was taken to Samaritan Lebanon Medical Center, before being transported to Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Corvallis for further treatment.
Police are currently investigating the accident and are unsure if the woman’s car was stopped or moving on the roadway when the collision occurred. The highway is separated by a cement median, so it is unclear why the woman was facing the wrong direction. The driver of the pickup was wearing a seatbelt during the accident. Seatbelt use could not be confirmed for the woman.
We would like to express our deepest sympathies to the family of the woman killed in this collision. We are very sorry for your loss. We would also like to wish the man involved a fast and full recovery.
After an auto accident remember to:
1. Take care of your body:
- Get medical treatment and keep treating until stable.
- Don’t be afraid to ask for referrals and to seek out doctors you can trust.
- Keep all of your medical bills and medical records relating to the crash.
2. Collect evidence:
- Take photos at the scene of your car, their car, your injuries, and anything else that seems relevant.
- When you get home, write down any details you remember after the accident.
- File an Oregon Traffic and Insurance Report within 72 hours of the accident. Keep your copy.
- Get a copy of your police report (if one was filed).
- Keep track of the damage done to your vehicle and document repairs with photos.
- Do not give recorded statements to any insurance company without talking to a competent Portland car accident attorney.
3. Protect your rights:
- Read 7 Common Mistakes That Can Wreck Your Oregon Accident Case
- Keep good records of your treatment, damages, lost wages, etc.
- Get all correspondence with insurance companies in writing.
- Find out your statute of limitations.
This process can feel confusing and overwhelming, especially when you are in pain and worried about your financial wellbeing. Remember, you can always contact an Oregon personal injury attorney for a free consultation and evaluation of your case if you need help.