Florida Man Dies in Head-on Crash South of La Pine
Date: July 23, 2015
Location: Highway 97
Names: Jeffery Baugher, Chamreun M. Newton
Thursday evening a Florida man died and a La Pine woman seriously injured in a head-on crash on Highway 97 south of La Pine.
Police received complaints about a man driving a dark-colored Ford pickup southbound on U.S. 97 in south Deschutes County. A trooper saw a similar vehicle traveling close to 100 mph south of La Pine in Klamath County.
As the trooper attempted to pull over the pickup, the driver crossed the center line and collided head-on with a northbound 2000 Honda Accord.
The pickup truck driver, Jeffrey Baugher, 72, of Sarasota, Florida, was pronounced dead at the scene.
The Honda driver, Chamreun M. Newton, 30, of La Pine, was take to the hospital for treatment of serious injuries.
We extend our condolences to the family and friends of Jeffrey Baugher and wish Chamreun M. Newton 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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