Date: March 20, 2013
Location: Interstate 205, Portland
Names: Akinino Engichy, Mary Cochran, Connie Jane Poff
Police report that Connie Jane Poff, 53, reportedly sped past a Jeep Cherokee driven by 27-year-old Mary E. Cochran, of Clackamas. Then, Poff pulled in front of Cochran and slammed on her brakes. Cochran tried to stop, but lost control of her vehicle. The Jeep then veered into a Dodge Caravan with seven people inside. The van came to a stop and the Jeep rolled off the roadway before colliding with the center barrier. Poff did not stop at the scene of the accident.
The van driver, 45-year-old Akinino Engichy, of Salem, as well as the five female and one male passengers, were injured in the accident and were transported to the hospital. Cochran was also injured and was treated and released.
The accident appeared to stem from a road-rage incident between Cochran and Poff. Cochran was cited for reckless endangerment, reckless driving and criminal mischief. Poff was arrested at her home on Friday and she is facing charges of assault, reckless endangerment, reckless driving, hit-and-run and criminal mischief charges.
We would like to extend our wishes for a fast and full recovery to all parties involved. We hope the individuals who caused this accident will be held fully responsible for their actions.
We 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:
- 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.
- If you know you are not going to hire an attorney, contact the insurance company for the other driver yourself. Be honest, but do not give a recorded statement and do not admit any liability.
- 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.