Driver Critically Injured after Crash near Oakridge

Date: October 21, 2015

Location: Highway 58

Names: Steven R. White, Reginald Cassius, Sierra Cardosa

Driver Critically Injured after Crash near Oakridge

Early Wednesday morning a driver was hit by a car after exiting his vehicle and was critically injured near Oakridge.

A 2002 Ford F150 pickup lost all electrical power and was stalled in the westbound lane of Highway 58. Steven R. White, 31, of Lowell, exited his truck and walked around to the passenger side. A 1999 Oldsmobile Alero was unable to pass the stalled vehicle due to an oncoming eastbound car so it swerved between the guardrail and the pickup striking White.

White was thrown over the hood of the car and into the eastbound lane. He was taken to the hospital with critical injuries.

Sierra Cardosa, 31, of Lowell, was the passenger in the pickup and was not injured.

The driver of the Oldsmobile, Reginald Cassius, 48, of Springfield, was not injured.

We wish Steven R. White 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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