Two Injured in Marion County with Car in Creek

Date: February 27, 2014
Location: Oregon 22, milepost 39, Sardine Creek, Marion County, Detroit
Names: Kathryn Hansman Spice, Byron Spice

Two people suffered minor injuries and were taken to hospital for treatment when their car fell into a creek in Marion County on Thursday.

According to reports, a 2001 Toyota Avalon driven by Kathryn Hansman Spice, 69, fell into Sardine Creek after she failed to negotiate a curve, hit the guard rail, went down the embankment, and in to three feet of water. The driver and her passenger, husband Byron Spice, 78, were taken to Santiam Hospital for treatment. Hansman Spice was cited for failure to drive within the lane. Police continue to investigate the accident. The car suffered extensive damage to its front end.

We extend our sympathies to the injured and hope they recover quickly and completely.

We understand the life-altering effects of a motor vehicle collision, and we wish Spice a complete and speedy recovery.

While many single car accidents are considered to be the fault of the driver, it is not uncommon for these types of accidents to be more complex than they appear. Poorly maintained roads, bad signage or traffic control devices, negligent mechanics, car manufacturing defects and/or poor design, can all contribute to a single-car accident.

To protect your rights, and any potential claim you may have, it is imperative to investigate these other possible causes as soon as possible. Road repairs, changes to the intersection, etc., can all obscure the evidence you might need to prove your claim. And, if a public body is negligent, you may lose your rights if you don’t send an Oregon Tort Claim within 180 days.

In a single-car accident, your Personal Injury Protection (PIP) should cover all your lost wages and medical bills up to at least $15,000 (the minimum coverage required by Oregon law). PIP is no-fault insurance, so PIP applies no matter who is found at fault for the accident.

If you or someone you know has been involved in a single car accident that they believe was not their fault, consider talking to an experienced Portland accident attorney or reading 7 Common Mistakes That Can Wreck Your Oregon Accident Case, which can answer the most common questions people have after a car accident.


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 March 5, 2014, in Car Accidents, Oregon Personal Injury Attorney, PIP and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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