Two Pickups Collide Killing One in Grants Pass
Date: September 26, 2015
Location: Highway 99
Names: Robert W. Smith, Michael E. Clark
On Saturday two pickup trucks collided injuring one man, and killing another in Grants Pass on Highway 99.
A 1988 Chevrolet S-10 pickup was headed south on Highway 99 near Fruitdale Drive when the driver attempted to make a U-turn. A 2003 Chevy Silverado crashed into the other truck causing both vehicles to slide across the road into a driveway and struck two parked cars and boat.
The Chevrolet driver, Robert W. Smith, 67, of Rogue River, was pronounced dead at the scene. Michael E. Clark, 62, of Rogue River, was driving the Silverado and was taken to the hospital with serious injuries.
We extend our condolences to the family and friends of Robert W. Smith and wish Michael E. Clark 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.
Posted on September 30, 2015, in Car Accidents, Oregon Car Accidents, personal injury and tagged car accident, car crash, collision, Fruitdale Drive, grants pass, highway 99, Michael E. Clark, Personal Injury, Robert W. Smith, rogue river, U-turn crash. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.