Portland Woman Struck by Vehicle after Running into Traffic
Date: November 5, 2014
Location: US 26
Around 3:38 am on Wednesday, a woman jumped from a second story balcony in the midst of a mental health crisis. She then ran from the 1600 block of Southwest Montgomery Street and onto Highway 26.
The 30-year-old woman was attempting to get hit by a car when two vehicles collided while trying to avoid hitting her. A third vehicle struck the woman near the ramp to Interstate 405.
The woman was taken to a Portland hospital with non life-threatening injuries and for a mental health evaluation. None of the drivers were injured.
We wish the woman a full and speedy recovery.
Pedestrians are extremely vulnerable on the road, as cars are so much heavier. In many cases, pedestrians hit by cars are seriously injured or even killed. And, in many cases, the driver is at fault. While this is not always true (sometimes pedestrians cross without a crosswalk, or run out into the street, etc.), in cases where the driver IS at fault, the driver’s auto insurance should compensate the injury victim.
First, in Oregon, according to ORS 742.520, the driver’s personal injury protection (PIP) should cover the injured person’s initial medical bills and lost wages. If these damages exceed the PIP limits (usually $15,000, the requirement in Oregon), then the at-fault driver’s liability insurance should cover the rest of the damages in a personal injury settlement.
If you are interested in discussing whether you might have a pedestrian accident call, call a Portland pedestrian accident attorney for help and a free consultation.
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