Driver Killed in Stolen Vehicle after Crash with Sheriff in Klamath Falls
Date: November 2, 2015
Location: 1200 block of Lakeshore Drive
Name: Matthew Stephen Colligan
Early Monday morning a man died after a crash with his stolen truck and the sheriff’s deputy that was pursuing him.
Matthew Stephen Colligan, 28, was driving a stolen pickup truck and the sheriff deputy lost sight but found it again at the 1200 block of Lakeshore Drive in Klamath Falls.
The deputy’s Ford F350 crashed into the driver’s side of the truck and Colligan died at the scene.
The crash was not an intentional or “tactical move to stop the car”.
We extend our condolences to the family and friends of Matthew Stephen Colligan.
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.
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