Teen Dies in Two-vehicle Crash on Highway 202 east of Astoria

Date: September 19, 2015

Location: Highway 202

Name: Brooks R. Van Develder

Teen Dies in Two-vehicle Crash on Highway 202 east of Astoria

Saturday morning a 16-year-old girl was killed in a two-vehicle crash on Highway 202 just east of Astoria.

A 2008 Chrysler PT Cruiser was headed east on Oregon 202 when it crossed the center line and collided head-on with a westbound 2003 Dodge pickup. The Chrysler lost control on a corner before crossing the center line.

The teen driver from Astoria in the Chrysler was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of Dodge, Brooks R. Van Develder, 36, of Astoria, was taken to the hospital with minor injuries. Van Develder was driving an Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife truck, where he is employed.

The crash is still under investigation.

We extend our condolences to the family and friends of the teen girl and 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.

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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.

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