Two Injured in Fiery, Head-on Crash near McMinnville

Date: June 28, 2015

Location: Oregon 18

Names: Dave Mills, Randy D. Manns

Two Injured in Fiery, Head-on Crash near McMinnville

A two-vehicle collision seriously injured two on Oregon 18 near McMinnville on Sunday morning.

A 2006 Hyundai Santa Fe driven by Randy D. Manns, 46, of Depoe Bay, was heading eastbound on Highway 18 when it drifted off the road. Manns then over-corrected and went into the westbound lane where his vehicle collided with a Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office patrol car, a 2008 Ford Crown Victoria.

Both vehicle had heavy damage and the Hyundai caught on fire.

Manns was rescued from his burning vehicle and taken to the hospital with serious injuries.

The Sheriff Deputy Dave Mills, 27, of Sheridan, was taken to the hospital with serious injuries as well.

Both drivers were wearing seat belts.

We wish Dave Mills and Randy D. Manns 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 June 29, 2015, in Automobile Accidents, Car Accidents, Oregon Car Accidents, personal injury and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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