Driver Lost Control in Snow, Injured Three

Date: January 11, 2014
Location: U.S. 26, Government Camp
Names: Vladimir Voloshchuck, Vasyl Voloshchuck, Bradley Hutchins

A man was critically injured and another 3 individuals suffered injuries in a Saturday afternoon crash on U.S. 26.

Police report that Vladimir Voloshchuck, 64, of Southeast Portland, was westbound in his 1998 Subaru four door sedan. As he was rounding a curve, he lost control on the snow covered highway and slid into the eastbound lane. He then collided head on with a 2004 Chevy pickup driven by Bradley Hutchins, 27, of Madras.

Voloshchuck suffered critical injuries in the accident and was transported to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center. His passenger, Vasyl Voloshchuck, 57, of Southeast Portland, suffered less serious injuries and was transported to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center as well. Hutchins and his female passenger both suffered minor injuries and were treated at the scene.

Police report that all the parties involved were wearing safety belts and the airbags in the vehicles deployed. No citations were issued or arrests made in the accident. No specific cause for the accident was given, but it does appear that weather and the snow covered highway played factors in the crash.

We would like to express our best wishes for a fast and full recovery to all the parties involved in the accident. Our thoughts are with you all.

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:

  1. Was the driver going to fast for conditions?
  2. Was the driver distracted?
  3. 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.


About Sean DuBois

Sean is a personal injury attorney in Portland, OR. He has been recognized by Super Lawyers Magazine as Oregon Rising Stars for the past four years because of his dedication to justice and fair compensation for his clients. If you need to speak with a lawyer about your injury case, Sean can be reached at 503-222-4411.

Posted on January 17, 2014, in Auto Insurance Lawyers, Car Accidents, Oregon Car Accidents and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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