Five Injured in Four-Car Crash on Oregon 11
Date: September 18, 2014
Location: Oregon 11 north of Pendleton
Name: Kari Wilson, Klause Hoehna, Raul Marroquin Jr. and Henry Becerril
Thursday around 7:20 am, a Buick Enclave traveling northbound went into the southbound lane and struck a Ford pickup truck.. The pickup truck rolled over off the highway from the impact.
The Buick continued northbound and struck a Honda Civic almost head-on. Next the Buick collided again with a Mini Cooper traveling southbound and caused the Buick to stop.
Kari Wilson, 51, of Helix was driving the Buick and her and the 7-year-old passenger were taken to the hospital with minor injuries.
The Ford driver, 61-year-old Klause Hoehna of Weston, and 36-year-old Raul Marroquin Jr. of Walla Walla, the Mini Cooper driver, were both taken to the hospital with minor injuries.
Henry Becerril of Milton-Freewater, the Honda driver, ended up at Oregon Health & Science University Hospital in Portland with serious injuries.
All parties involved were wearing seat belts. The Oregon State Police are continuing to investigate the crash.
We wish everyone involved in the crash a full and speedy recovery.
As Portland car accident attorneys, we know that filing an insurance claim can be extremely complicated and stressful. After a crash like this, any injured person can seek compensation through the at-fault driver’s insurance policy, or through their own uninsured motorist coverage.
Steps to Take for Filing an Insurance Claim after an Oregon Accident:
- Get medical treatment. If you’ve been injured, waiting to seek medical treatment can greatly affect the value of your claim.
- Right after the accident, write down any details you remember.
- Contact your insurance company and get a copy of your insurance policy if you don’t have one. Talk to your adjuster about using your personal injury protection (PIP) coverage for medical treatment, lost wages, etc.
- Determine the amount of property damage done.
- Start keeping good records. Get the police report, copies of medical bills, pictures of your car before and after repairs, etc.
- If you are considering hiring a lawyer, talk to the lawyer before you talk to the other driver’s insurance company.
- If you know you are not going to hire an attorney, contact the insurance company for the other driver yourself. Be honest, but do not give a recorded statement and do not admit any liability.
- Get all correspondence with both insurance companies in writing.
- Do not sign anything until you are done treating and are medically stationary.
- Check the statute of limitations on your claim. For most car accidents in Oregon, the time limit is two years, but this is not true for all cases. In some cases, you will only have 180 days – speaking to an attorney can clarify your time limits.
- Discuss your case with a car accident attorney in Portland who offers free consultations to start understanding the laws that affect your case and your rights as an accident victim.
But before you speak to the insurance adjuster or an attorney, you can learn more about the Oregon insurance claim process in the very helpful book, 7 Common Mistakes That Can Wreck Your Oregon Accident Case.
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