SE Portland Crash Brings Down Power Lines and Traps Driver

Date: May 12, 2015

Location: SE 162nd Avenue and Stark Street

Name: Unavailable

SE Portland Crash Brings Down Power Lines and Traps Driver

During rush hour traffic on Tuesday, a car crash in Southeast Portland caused two power lines to come crashing down.

A car had veered off the road at Southeast 162nd Avenue and Stark Street and rammed into a power pole, which snapped and pulled another down as it fell to the ground.

The power lines entangled a second vehicle causing it to flip. The female driver was trapped inside and the police had to extricate her. The woman and another bystander, who was hit by falling debris, were taken to the hospital for further evaluation.

The driver in the first vehicle was uninjured and police believe he may have fallen asleep or has some other incident happen.

We wish the woman and pedestrian 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.

Posted on May 14, 2015, in Automobile Accidents, Car Accidents, personal injury and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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