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Semi-truck Falls on SUV Injuring the Driver in North Portland

Date: December 9, 2015

Location: North Marine Drive

Names: Unavailable

Semi-truck Falls on SUV Injuring the Driver in North Portland

Wednesday afternoon, an SUV was crushed by a semi-truck after it tipped over on the Interstate 5 on-ramp at North Marine Drive.

The semi-truck tipped over and the trailer landed on the SUV. It took nearly two dozen firefighters to pull the driver of the SUV out from their vehicle.

The driver was taken to the hospital with non life-threatening injuries and is expected to survive.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.

We wish the driver and 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.

Motorcyclist Killed in North Portland Collision

Date: August 23, 2015

Location: North Marine Drive

Names: Joshua Michael Terry, Robert Somes

Motorcyclist Killed in North Portland Collision

Sunday evening a motorcyclist was killed after a collision with a pickup truck in North Portland.

A group of motorcycle riders, including 20-year-old Joshua Michael Terry, left Kelley Point Park and were riding eastbound on North Marine Drive.

Near the 6100 block, a pickup truck, that had left the park ahead of the group of motorcyclists, did a u-turn on Marine Drive to head back westbound.

Terry struck the pickup on the driver-side door area. The impact of the crash killed Terry.

The driver of the pickup, Robert Somes, 24, was injured in the crash.

The crash is still under investigation.

We extend our condolences to the family and friends of Joshua Michael Terry and wish Robert Somes a full and speedy recovery.

The rate of injury and death is much greater for motorcycle accidents than for normal car crashes because the rider is less protected than a driver. Unfortunately, this means a motorcycle rider is more likely to suffer serious injury and need extensive treatment, which will mean high medical bills.

If someone is injured in a motorcycle accident, like this one, there are several legal options. Unfortunately in Oregon, motorcycle insurance policy holders are not required to have Personal Injury Protection (PIP) so most policies don’t have it. If the injury victim does have PIP, it will help pay medical bills and lost wages, no matter who is at fault.

To reach a settlement with the at-fault driver’s insurance, the injury victim must show the bad driver’s insurance company three things:

  1. That their insured driver was negligent in some way;
  2. That the accident was caused by this negligence; and
  3. That the injury victim suffered damages due to the accident.

If you have any questions about pursuing a motorcycle accident claim, call a Portland motorcycle accident lawyer for a free consultation. Make sure any lawyer you contact has ample experience with motorcycle laws, as this specialized area is different from car accident law.

Semi-truck Overturns on I-5 Exit and Results in Injured Driver

Date: September 23, 2014

Location: I-5 near North Marine Drive

Name: Unavailable

Semi-truck Overturns on I-5 Exit and Results in Injured Driver

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Monday evening a semi truck hauling a 75,000 pound piece of metal crashed on the exit from southbound Interstate 5 to North Marine Drive.

The semi-truck overturned and the driver was pinned in the cab, which was crushed against a barrier.

Firefighters spent over 30 minutes to free the driver using special equipment. The driver was taken to the hospital but his condition is unclear.

Car accidents can be life-changing, and we hope the man is able to fully recover soon.

While many single-car accidents seem uncomplicated, there are sometimes other factors to consider. If you have been injured in a single- car accident, like the one described here, you may be able to receive compensation in several instances:If poor road conditions, poor signage, or bad traffic control contributed to the accident, there may be a lawsuit available against the city, county, or state. In cases against a public body, you may only have 180 days to file a tort claim notice (in most cases) so act quickly to protect your rights.

  1.  If poor road conditions, poor signage, or bad traffic control contributed to the accident, there may be a lawsuit available against the city, county, or state. In cases against a public body, you may only have 180 days to file a tort claim notice (in most cases) so act quickly to protect your rights.
  2. If the car’s mechanic was negligent in his last repairs, contributing to the accident, there may be a lawsuit available against the mechanic or his business.
  3.  If the car’s manufacturer was negligent, you may be able to file a product liability suit against them. Car manufacturers have often been held accountable for design defects and manufacturing defects, and these lawsuits help ensure that future drivers are not hurt by negligent safety standards.

If you have been injured in a single-car accident that you believe may not have been your fault, you can call a Portland car accident lawyer for help with your investigation at 503-222-4411. Or you can learn more about filing your own claim by reading the book 7 Common Mistakes That Can Wreck Your Oregon Accident Case.

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