Madras Man Dies in Head-on Collision on U.S. 26 near Warm Springs
Date: June 4, 2015
Location: U.S. 26
Names: Steven C. Rankin, Tressie H. Belcher, Lisbet F. Hornung
Thursday evening, a head-on collision between a car and commercial truck resulted in one dead and two seriously injured on U.S. 26 near Warm Springs Indian Reservation.
A 1995 Subaru wagon driven by Steven C. Rankin, 73, of Madras, was headed eastbound on Highway 26 when it crossed the center line and collided head-on with a 2014 Freightliner operated by Tressie H. Belcher, 46, of Heppner.
Rankin was pronounced dead at the scene. His wife and passenger, Lisbet F. Hornung, 60, of Madras, were taken to the hospital with serious injuries.
Belcher was not injured.
Police believe fatigue was a contributing factor to the cause of the crash.
We extend our condolences to the family and friends of Steven C. Rankin and wish Lisbet F. Hornung and 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.
Posted on June 8, 2015, in Automobile Accidents, Car Accidents, Oregon Car Accidents, personal injury and tagged auto death, car accident, car crash, collision, driver fatigue, head-on collision, Highway 26, Lisbet F. Hornung, madras, Personal Injury, Steven C. Rankin, Tressie H. Belcher, truck collision, U.S. 26, Warm Springs, Warm Springs Indian Reservation. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.