‘Road Rage’ contributes to Fatal I-5 Crash in Seattle
Date: April 8, 2015
Location: Seattle, Washington
Names: Andrea Dickey
On Wednesday evening, a fatal three-car crash occurred on Interstate 5 possibly caused by “road rage” and impaired driving.
A blue Dodge Neon and a black Chevrolet HHR were both merging onto I-5 southbound from Interstate 90. Troopers said the Chevy has flashed its lights at the slower moving Neon. The Chevrolet started performing “road rage” type behaviors toward the Neon, which went back and forth for three miles.
The Chevrolet hit its brakes suddenly and the Dodge rear-ended them also causing a Infiniti G35 to collide with the other vehicles.
Andrea Dickey, 23, of Centralia, was a passenger in the Chevrolet and pronounced dead at the scene.
The two drivers and a passenger in the Chevrolet were taken to the hospital and one is in critical condition.
The driver of the Infiniti was not injured.
We extend our condolences to the family and friends of Andrea Dickey and 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:
- 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.
- 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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