Two Killed in Head-on Crash near Washougal

Date: June 24, 2015

Location: State Route 14

Names: Anna L. Wichman, Justin A. Clayton, Jesika Clausen, Sean Knudeson, Robert O. Snider

Two Killed in Head-on Crash near Washougal

On Wednesday a head-on crash near Washougal left two people dead and three injured.

A 2015 Kia Soul was heading east on State Route 14 when it was struck by a Toyota Tacoma pickup that crossed the center line.

Police said that westbound traffic was stopped, ahead of the pickup, to wait for a hay truck to turn left onto a side road. The pickup driven by Robert O. Snider, 91, of Vancouver, swerved to avoid the backup and collided with the Kia.

Anna L. Wichman, 29, of Portland, and Justin A. Clayton, 25, of Portland were seated in the backseat of the Kia and were pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of the Kia, Jesikah Clausen, 25, of Portland and her front-seat passenger, Sean Knudeson, 32, of Portland and Snider were taken to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center for treatment of non life-threatening injuries.

Everyone involved was wearing a seatbelt.

We extend our condolences to the family and friends of Anna L. Wichman and Justin A. Clayton.  We wish Jesikah Clausen, Sean Knudeson and Robert O. Snider 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.



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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