Pedestrian Injured in Gearheart Collision, No Citations Given
Date: December 26, 2013
Location: Highway 101, Gearhart
Names: Jake Weil, Patricia Rasso
Police report that Jake Weil, 20, of Warrenton, was attempting to cross the highway in the early afternoon on Thursday. He was crossing near Dellmoor Loop Road attempting to go to a coffee stand. As he was crossing the road, he was hit by a vehicle driven by Patricia Rasso, 72, of Vancouver. Police reported that she attempted to stop but was not able to do so in time.
Weil suffered critical injuries in the crash and was taken to a Portland hospital. He remained in critical condition as of Friday. His specific injuries were not reported.
Rasso and the passenger in her vehicle were not injured in the collision. They stayed at the scene while first responders arrived and assisted in the investigation. The investigation continues, but police report that they do not believe that Rasso was at fault in the collision. No citations were issues or arrests made.
We would like to express our best wishes to the man injured, Jake Weil, in this accident. We hope you have a fast and full recovery from your injuries and that you suffer no permanent consequences.
The most vulnerable user on the road is a pedestrian: people are no match for cars, motorcycles, or even bicycles. Like Jake Weil, 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.