Head-on Crash Kills One, Injures Two in Washington County

Date: November 22, 2015

Location: Southwest Roy Rogers Road

Names: Christopher Michels, Maria Cervantes-Acero, David Gonzales-Cervantes

Head-on Crash Kills One, Injures Two in Washington County

Sunday evening a head-on collision killed a man and injured two on Southwest Roy Rogers Road in Washington County.

A 2002 Ford Crown Victoria crossed the center line and collided head on with a 2013 Nissan Sentra on Southwest Roy Rogers Road.

The Ford driver, Christopher Michels, 41, of Lafayette, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Maria Cervantes-Acero, 66, and David Gonazales-Cervantes, 19, both of Newberg, were taken to the hospital with serious injuries.

The cause of the crash is under investigation. Alcohol does not appear to be a factor and they found no signs that Michels tried to stop or avoid the collision.

We extend our condolences to the family and friends of Christopher Michels 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.

Posted on November 24, 2015, in Car Accidents, Oregon Car Accidents, personal injury and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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