Icy Roads a Factor in Crash That Injured Trooper
Date: December 6, 2013
Location: Oregon 34, Corvallis
Names: Trooper Don Rummer, Isaiah A. Russell
Police report that Trooper Don Rummer had just returned to his patrol car following a traffic stop on Oregon 34 when he was hit. Isaiah A. Russell, 25, of Lebanon, the driver of the vehicle that hit the car, lost control on an icy patch of road, and slid into the lane that the Trooper Rummer was stopped in, causing the collision.
Trooper Rummer was taken to Albany General Hospital for his injuries, but later released and returned to duty. Isaiah Russell was charged with careless driving and driving while suspended. He did not suffer any injuries in the collision.
State police are using this as an opportunity to remind Oregon motorists of the ‘move over law’. This law requires that drivers move to an available adjacent lane, or slow to 5 miles an hour under the limit when approaching a stopped emergency vehicle with its lights on, in order to prevent collisions like these.
It was very lucky that Trooper Rummer was not seriously injured in this collision. We would like to wish him a fast and full recovery from his injuries.
Here in the Pacific Northwest, rain is a part of our every day lives. So much so that we sometimes forget that driving in rainy or icy conditions can be dangerous and lead to catastrophic motor vehicle accidents.
If the accident was “caused” by ice or rain, be sure to investigate. In many cases, the bad weather only contributed to the crash. The at-fault driver’s negligence or improper driving may also have contributed.
If you have been injured in a bad weather crash, investigate whether the other driver might have been negligent. Ask questions:
- Was the driver going to fast for conditions?
- Was the driver distracted?
- Was the driver on the phone?
Each driver needs to be careful to drive slowly and pay more attention during harsh weather conditions. Otherwise, the at-fault driver’s auto insurance company may need to compensate anyone injured in a crash. In Oregon, every driver should have at least $25,000 in liability insurance for crashes like this.
If you were a passenger in a bad weather accident, you can pursue compensation through the liability coverage of your driver’s auto insurance policy or the auto insurance of the other driver in the crash – whichever driver is found to be at-fault should cover your injuries.
If you have questions about how to get compensation after a bad weather accident, please contact a Portland personal injury lawyer.