Five People from Bend Injured in Three-vehicle Crash in Sunriver

Date: August 1, 2015

Location: South Century Drive

Names: Taylor Hanson Bernhardt, Kara Ross, Jason Hancock, Natalie Hancock, Stacie Benedict

Five People from Bend Injured in Three-vehicle Crash in Sunriver

Saturday afternoon a head-on collision on South Century Drive in Sunriver injured five people.

A 2013 Chevy Cruze was heading north on South Century Drive when it crossed the center line and collided head-on with a 1983 GMC truck. A 2009 BMW motorcycle was following the pickup and hit the car after the head-on collision occurred and came to an abrupt stop.

The Chevy driver, Taylor Hanson Bernhardt, 23, and passenger Kara Ross, 23, were taken to the hospital with serious injuries.

The GMC driver, Jason Hancock, 41, and his passenger Natalie Hancock, 48, were also taken to the hospital with serious injuries.

The motorcycle driver, Stacie Benedict, 54, was taken to the hospital, treated and was released. All the other remained in critical condition as of Monday.

We wish 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.


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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