Pedestrian Hit by Car on 122nd Avenue Suffers Traumatic Injuries
Date: December 15, 2013
Location: 122nd Avenue and East Burnside Street, Portland
Name: unnamed 29-year-old man
The accident occurred when the man stepped off the MAX platform into the traffic and was hit a 2000 Honda Civic driven by a 23-year-old woman. She was on Burnside Street and driving within the speed limit. She continued at a green light into 122nd Avenue when the pedestrian was hit.
Police have transported the injured man to hospital and are investigating the accident. They have not issued any citations as the driver did not show any signs of alcohol impairment. She stayed at the scene and cooperated with the police.
We extend our sympathies to the injured man and hope he 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 this injured man, 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.