Rainier Head-on Crash Injures One
Date: November 24, 2015
Location: Highway 30
Names: Karen Hamer, Nora Bergman
Tuesday evening, a head-on crash on Highway 30 outside of Rainier left one woman with serious injuries.
Karen Hamer, 52, of Longview, Washington, was heading south on Highway 30 in a silver Jeep Patriot when she crossed the center line and struck a blue Chevy pickup.
Hamer was trapped in her vehicle and had to be extricated and was taken to the hospital with serious injuries.
The driver of Chevy, Nora Bergman, 42, of Clatskanie, was not seriously injured and refused medical treatment after the crash.
The crash occurred near Heath and Wonderly roads.
We wish Karen Hamer 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 November 27, 2015, in Car Accidents, personal injury and tagged head-on collision, head-on crash, Heath Road, highway 30, Karen Hamer, Longview, Nora Bergman, Personal Injury, rainier, serious injury, Wonderly Road. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.