Carson Foster Injured in Semi-Truck versus Passenger Vehicle Crash


(Photo: Courtesy Oregon State Police)

Date: March 15, 2016

Location: Highway 97 and Iris Lane near milepost 103 Jefferson County, Ore.

Victims: Carson Foster

Jefferson County, Ore. – Oregon State Police responded to a report of a semi-truck versus a passenger vehicle on Highway 97 and Iris Lane at about 3:30 a.m. on March 15, 2016.

According to the Oregon State Police’s preliminary investigation it showed that a 2008 Toyota Prius going eastbound on Iris Lane failed to obey the stop sign at Highway 97. The 16-year-old driver, from Culver, Oregon, continued through the stop sign at a high rate of speed and collided with a 2003 Peterbilt tractor trailer. The driver of the Peterbilt, Warren F. Ramey, 72 of Powell Butte, remained on scene and provided a statement that the Toyota was travelling at highway speeds when it ran through the stop making the collision unavoidable. Carson_Foster_Semi_Accident

The massive impact caused the Toyota to roll multiple times, prior to coming to rest in a field. Both occupants of the Toyota had to be extracted from the vehicle. The vehicle’s driver, a 16 year old female resident of Culver , Oregon was taken to Saint Charles Medical Center in Redmond with non-life threatening injuries. Her passenger Carson Foster, 18 of Metolius, Oregon, was taken by air ambulance to St Charles Medical Center in Bend with life-threatening injuries.

Alcohol is being investigated as a contributing factor to the crash. The 16 year old driver was cited at the hospital for Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants, Reckless Driving and Assault in the Second Degree.

Oregon State Police was assisted by the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, Jefferson County Fire and Rescue and the Oregon Department of Transportation.

This is an ongoing investigation that highlights the multiple dangers that all drivers must realize can effect victims for the rest of their lives.

Our hearts go out Carson Foster and her family. This was a terrible accident, and we just hope everyone involved in the crash knows that there are a lot of people thinking of them. Two very young lives were impacted in many ways on the evening of March 15th and it is very fortunate that the impact of this accident wasn’t of an even greater magnitude.

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:

  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.

Posted on March 16, 2016, in Automobile Accidents, Car Accidents, Drunk Driving, Oregon Car Accidents and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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