Head-on Crash on Highway 18 Causes Serious Injuries

Date: March 25, 2015

Location: Highway 18

Names: Monica Calzadillas, Colin Hales, Carlos Calzadillas, Hanna Hales

Head-on Crash on Highway 18 Causes Serious Injuries

Last Wednesday, a head-on collision occurred on Highway 18 near milepost 6 at Slick Rock Road.

A Nissan Altima crossed the center line and hit a Toyota Tundra pickup pulling an RV trailer heading the opposite direction. The Nissan spun around several times before coming to a rest in the middle of the highway. The pickup can to a rest on the side of the highway.

The driver of the Nissan, Monica Calzadillas, 31, of Vancouver, was seriously injured and taken to Emmanuel Hospital. The passengers, Carlos Calzadillas, 26, of Vancouver, and a juvenile female were transported to the hospital for minor injuries. When Carlos Calzadillas was released, he was taken into custoy dur to a warrant for his arrest for violating parole and contempt of court.

The pickup driver was identified as Colin Hales, 35, of Sherwood. His passenger, Hanna Hales, 34, was admitted to the hospital for treatment of minor injuries along with one of the juvenile passengers in the vehicle.

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. Get all correspondence with both insurance companies in writing.
  8. Do not sign anything until you are done treating and are medically stationary.
  9. 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.
  10. 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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