Driver Injured in Car-Semi Head-on Collision on Highway 97

Date: August 7, 2015

Location: Highway 97

Names: Caden Jay Christman, Sukhdeep Sing Gill

Driver Injured in Car-Semi Head-on Collision on Highway 97

Friday evening a car-truck head-on collision on Highway 97 in Sherman County sent a man to the hospital with serious injuries and is also facing reckless driving and drug charges.

A 2005 Audie A5 driven by Caden Jay Christman, 19, was heading north on Highway 97 in the southbound lane, passing traffic in an unmarked passing zone when he collided with an oncoming Volvo semi-truck and trailer.

The semi-trailer left the road and came to a halt on the northbound shoulder and the Audi flipped over and came to a rest in the southbound ditch.

The truck driver, Sukhdeep Sing Gill, 31, of Antelope, California, was uninjured but his truck’s fuel tank spilled 300 gallons of diesel fuel.

Christman was flown to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland with serious injuries.

There is evidence found in the Audi that Christman was using illegal drugs. Charges of reckless driving and heroin possession are pending for Christman.

We wish Caden Jay Christman 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.


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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