Nine Injured in Interstate-5 Pile-up

Date: March 7, 2015

Location: Interstate 5

Names: Arianna Lundin, Kari Bonds, Raenna Larson, Jordan Mueller, Devon Mueller, Bennett Rowe, Kari Rowe, Chen Fu, Leron Richards, Geraldene Moyle

Nine Injured in Interstate-5 Pile-up

A five car-accident on I-5 in North Portland resulted in nine injured.

Around 3:30pm Saturday a car crash occurred on I-5 near the Victory Boulevard exit and Delta Park in North Portland. Five cars were involved and nine people went to the hospital.

Arianna Lundin, 7, of Cathlamet, Washington still remains in critical condition with life-threatening injuries from the crash. Lundin and four other people were in a 2008 Dodge Caliber that was involved in the crash. Four young children were in that vehicle; Reanna Larson, 9, of Kelso, Jordan Mueller, 2, and Devon Mueller, 5, both of Cathlamet. Kari Bonds of Longview was driving the Caliber.

The other people and vehicles involved in the crash was Bennett Rowe and Kari Rowe of Aberdeen, Washington, driving a 2007 Chevrolet Suburban. Chen Fu, 19, of Corvallis was driving a 2014 Subaru. Leron Richards, 31, of Vancouver, was driving a 2008 Dodge Charger. Geraldene Moyle, 44, of Portland, was driving a 2013 Honda Fit.

The cause of the crash still remains unknown.

We wish all the people involved in this 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.

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