Driver Smoking Pot Hits Pedestrian at Gresham Crosswalk

Date: October 5, 2015

Location: East Burnside Street and Northeast 181st Avenue

Name: Jacob McLeod Walters

Driver Smoking Pot Hits Pedestrian at Gresham Crosswalk

Monday morning a driver allegedly smoking marijuana, struck a woman at a Gresham intersection sending her flying 35 feet.

Jacob McLeod Walters, 27, was driving down East Burnside Street near the Northeast 181st Avenue intersection when the woman attempted to cross Burnside at a marked crosswalk. Walters Toyota Prius struck the 46-year-old woman, from Portland, and she suffered a broken back, pelvis, arm and a compound break to her left leg.

Witnesses said Walters was smoking marijuana seconds before the crash. He was arrested with fourth degree-assault, reckless driving and reckless endangerment. Marijuana is under investigation as a contributing factor to the crash.

We wish the woman a full and speedy recovery.

In a pedestrian v. car accident, the pedestrian is often seriously injured. In cases where the driver is at fault, the driver’s auto insurance will ultimately compensate the injury victim.

Your own Personal Injury Protection (PIP through your own auto insurance) still applies in this type of case, so use your own auto insurance to pay medical bills until you settle your claim with the at-fault driver’s insurance.

If you don’t have an auto insurance policy, then your health insurance will cover your medical bills. If you don’t have auto or health insurance, the at-fault driver’s PIP should cover your medical bills.

If you are interested in discussing whether you might have a pedestrian accident, call a Portland pedestrian accident attorney for help and a free consultation.

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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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