Shauna L Mortenson & June Wheat Injured in Head-On Collision
Date: March 14, 2016
Location: Highway 26 Near milepost 20 (near Kelso Rd and east of Highway 212) Clackamas County, Ore.
Victims: Shauna L Mortenson, June Wheat
Clackamas County, Ore. – Oregon State Police responded to a head-on crash on Highway 26 near milepost 26 near Kelso Rd and just east of Highway 212, at about 4 p.m. on March 14, 2016.
Oregon State Police preliminary investigation indicate that a 2003 Toyota Sequoia was traveling westbound on Highway 26 during a severe weather occurrence involving heavy rain and hail. The driver of the Toyota Sequoia lost control and crossed the median and directly into the eastbound lane of Highway 26. The Sequoia crashed head-on into a 1998 Chrysler minivan.
June Wheat, 59, of Sandy and the driver of the Chrysler minivan was taken to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.
Oregon State Police was assisted by the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office, Boring Fire Department and the Oregon Department of Transportation.
This is an ongoing investigation that highlights the multiple dangers that drivers face in adverse weather conditions.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of those involved in this accident. This was a terrible accident, and we hope everyone involved in the crash knows that there are a lot of people wishing them a speedy recovery.
The period after an accident like this can be a very confusing and challenging time especially when friends and family may be involved. We feel fortunate to be able to provide victims of these types of accidents with resources that help navigate these challenging and trying times. We hope these resources help answer some of the difficult questions you have after an accident and how mounting medical bills can be addressed.
As Portland car accident attorneys, we know that filing an insurance claim can be extremely complicated and stressful but it is important you get the help you need to heal. 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.