12 Injured in 26-vehicle Pileup on I-84 in Eastern Oregon

Date: January 17, 2015

Location: Interstate 84

Names: Kaleb Whitby, Sergi Karplyuk

12 Injured in 26-vehicle Pileup on I-84 in Eastern Oregon

Interstate 84 Crash

Over two dozen vehicles, many semi-trucks, were involved in a crash on I-84 Saturday east of Baker City.

The crash resulted in 12 people injured with two sustaining serious injuries. All of the injured people were taken to the hospital for treatment.

Around 5am on Saturday, the vehicles drove onto black ice and collided. The whole crash involved between 50-70 vehicles.

One driver of a Chevy Silverado, 27-year-old Kaleb Whitby, was pinned between two semi-trucks and escaped with only 2 band aids on his finger.  Another truck driver, 32-year-old Sergi Karplyuk was involved in the crash and his semi-truck was one of the ones that pinned Whitby.

Black ice and poor visibility contributed to 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:

  1. Get medical treatment. If you’ve been injured, waiting to seek medical treatment can greatly affect the value of your claim.
  2. Right after the accident, write down any details you remember.
  3. 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.
  4. Determine the amount of property damage done.
  5. Start keeping good records. Get the police report, copies of medical bills, pictures of your car before and after repairs, etc.
  6. If you are considering hiring a lawyer, talk to the lawyer before you talk to the other driver’s insurance company.
  7. 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.
  8. Get all correspondence with both insurance companies in writing.
  9. Do not sign anything until you are done treating and are medically stationary.
  10. 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.
  11. 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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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 20, 2015, in Oregon Car Accidents, personal injury, truck accidents and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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