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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.

Five Pedestrians Hit by Vehicle on Hayden Island

Date: November 10, 2015

Location: North Hayden Island Drive

Names: Unavailable

Five Pedestrians Hit by Vehicle on Hayden Island

Tuesday morning, five people were hit by a vehicle in the parking lot of Mannheim Auto Auction on Hayden Island in North Portland.

Their injuries were described as non-life threatening.

The driver of the vehicle that struck the pedestrians remained at the scene at the 300 block of North Hayden Island Drive.

In a pedestrian v. car accident, the pedestrian is often seriously injured. In cases where the driver is at fault, the driver’s auto insurance will ultimately compensate the injury victim.

Your own Personal Injury Protection (PIP through your own auto insurance) still applies in this type of case, so use your own auto insurance to pay medical bills until you settle your claim with the at-fault driver’s insurance.

If you don’t have an auto insurance policy, then your health insurance will cover your medical bills. If you don’t have auto or health insurance, the at-fault driver’s PIP should cover your medical bills.

If you are interested in discussing whether you might have a pedestrian accident, call a Portland pedestrian accident attorney for help and a free consultation.

Pedestrian Killed by Drunk Driver in North Portland

Date: November 1, 2015

Location: North Lombard Street

Name: Mathew Tyler Freeman

 

Pedestrian Killed by Drunk Driver in North Portland

 

Early Sunday morning a pedestrian was hit and killed on North Lombard Street by a drunk driver before he crashed the SUV into a utility pole.

The crash occurred on Lombard and Peninsular Avenue where Police found a crumpled green 1999 Ford Explorer with the driver still inside.

A 27-year-old male pedestrian was found deceased lying in the westbound lanes of the intersection.

The driver, Mathew Tyler Freeman, 21, of North Portland, showed signs of impairment and was driving at a high rate of speed before striking the pedestrian.

We extend our condolences to the family and friends of the deceased pedestrian.

Oregon wrongful death claims are allowed under ORS 30.010-30.100, but the law is much more complicated than a normal accident case. First of all, the statute of limitations (SOL)(time limit on filing a claim) is different. For most car accidents, the SOL is two years, but for wrongful death, the SOL is “three years after the injury causing the death . . . is discovered or reasonably should have been discovered. . . .”

Additionally, there are limits on who can bring a wrongful death claim. The most common claimants are:

  • Spouses
  • Children (including stepchildren)
  • Parents (including stepparents)

Less common claimants include:

  • Grandchildren
  • Siblings
  • Grandparents

In a wrongful death case, you can ask for compensation for several types of damages such as:

  • Charges for medical services;
  • Charges for burial and memorial services;
  • Compensation that the decedent would have been entitled to for disability, pain and suffering, and loss of income during the period between injury and death;
  • Compensation for “pecuniary loss” to the decedent’s estate;
  • Compensation for the loss of the decedent’s “society, companionship and services” to the decedent’s spouse, children, stepchildren, stepparents, and parents;

Punitive damages are allowed as well, but are rare in Oregon since the State takes 70% of punitive damages awarded. If you have lost a loved one, call a Portland wrongful death attorney for help in securing the compensation you deserve.

Girl Struck by Vehicle on North Lombard Street

Date: October 2, 2015

Location: North Lombard Street

Name: Unavailable

Girl Struck by Vehicle on North Lombard Street

Friday morning an 11-year-old girl was struck by a vehicle on North Lombard Street.

The girl got off an eastbound TriMet bus at the 3200 block of North Lombard Street when she was hit by a westbound vehicle, that didn’t stop in time.

The girl was taken to the hospital with traumatic injuries and is expected to survive. The driver remained at the scene and is cooperating with the investigation.

We wish the girl a full and speedy recovery.

If a child is injured, the statute of limitations is complicated. ORS 12.160 states that the time for bringing the lawsuit does not start being counted until the child turns 18. However, the time limit will never be extended for more than five years, nor will it be extended for more than one year after the child’s 18th birthday.

This statute creates confusion for many people, some lawyers included. So if your child has been injured, in either an auto crash or another type of accident, protect their rights (and your financial well-being) by considering a qualified injury lawyer. Our Portland personal injury lawyers offer free consultations.

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.

Delivery Truck Collides with Motorcycle in North Portland Crash

Date: August 9, 2015

Location: North Williams Avenue and North Monroe Street

Names: Unavailable

Delivery Truck Collides with Motorcycle in North Portland Crash

Early Sunday morning a man and woman in a collision with a delivery truck and motorcycle in North Portland.

The driver of a delivery truck carrying blood to the American Red Cross was heading north on Williams when he turned left on Monroe Street, colliding with a motorcycle.

The motorcycle operator was thrown from the bike and suffered serious injuries and was taken to the hospital for treatment.

A female passenger was also thrown from the motorcycle and was also seriously injured and taken to the hospital.

The delivery truck driver was not hurt.

We wish the man and woman a fully 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.

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