Portland Boy Thrown from SUV During Crash East of Lincoln City

Date: September 7, 2015

Location: Highway 18

Names: Elliot Thompson, Reese Altig, Laurie Altig

Portland Boy Thrown from SUV During Crash East of Lincoln City

Monday afternoon a 10-year-old boy was critically injured in a two-vehicle crash on Highway 18 east of Lincoln City.

Elliot Thompson, 21, of Aumsville, was heading east in a 1990 Geo Prizm when he crossed the center line and crashed head-on into a Ford Expedition. The Ford went off the road and rolled over.

A passenger in the Ford, Reese Altig, 10, of Portland, was thrown from the vehicle and critically injured.

The driver of the Ford, Laurie Altig, 57, sustained non-life threatening injuries.

Thompson was also injured and taken to the hospital and is expected to survive.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.

A dog in the Altig’s SUV ran away from the scene after the crash, but was found the next day.

We wish Reese Altig 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.

Posted on September 9, 2015, in Car Accidents, Injuries to Children and Minors, Oregon Car Accidents, personal injury, rollovers and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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