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Daniel G. Nofziger & Sharon A. Fillis injured in head-on accident

(Photo Courtesy: Oregon State Police)

(Photo Courtesy: Oregon State Police)

Date: March 14, 2016

Location: Highway 99E Near Oregon City, Ore.

Victims: Daniel G. Nofziger & Sharon A Fillis

Oregon City, Ore. – Oregon State Police responded and emergency crews responded head-on collision near mile-post 16 (just south of Oregon City) on March 14, 2016.

Oregon State Police preliminary investigation indicates that a 1997 Ford pickup was traveling southbound on Highway 99E during a severe weather occurrence involving heavy rain and hail, when it lost control on the slick roadway. The Ford crossed the centerline and collided with a 2007 Honda CRV head-on.

The driver of the 1997 Ford pickup, Daniel G. Nofziger, age 43 of Canby was transported to OHSU with non-life threatening injuries. His fiver year old daughter also suffered non-life threatening injuries and was transported by ground ambulance to Dornbecher’s Children’s Emergency Department.

Sharon A Fillis, age 81, also had non-life threatening injuries. Fillis was transported by ground ambulance to OHSU.

Oregon State Police was assisted by Canby Police Department, Oregon City Police Department and Clackamas County Crash Reconstruction Team.

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:

  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.

 

Damoneisha D Callhoun Seriously Injured in Accident

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Date: March 09, 2016

Location: Highway 34 near milepost 5 east of Corvallis, Ore.

Victims: Damoneisha D Calhoun

Corvallis, Ore. – Oregon State Police responded to a report of a two vehicle collision on Highway 34 at about 11:00 a.m. on March 09, 2016.

The investigation indicates that a 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt was driven by Damoneisha D Calhoun, age 21, of Beaverton. Calhoun was driving westbound on Highway 34 and approaching Oakville Road North when a 2015 Kenworth truck towing a 2004 Western States trailer turned onto the highway from Oakville North and came into the path of Calhoun’s car. Calhoun’s vehicle collided directly into the side of the Western States trailer that was being towed.

Both vehicles came to rest in the middle of the road with Calhoun’s care partially under the trailer.

The driver of the Chevrolet, Damoneisha D Calhoun had to be extricated from the vehicle by fire personnel with the Jaws of Life. Once extricated Calhoun was rushed to Good Samaritan Hospital in Corvallis with serious injuries. The driver of the Kenworth, Charles M Brennan, age 55, of White City was not injured in the crash and was cooperating fully with investigators.

Our hearts go out Damoneisha Calhoun 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.

The period after an accident like this can be a very confusing and challenging time. 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.

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.

Bend Officer Involved in Pedestrian Accident

(Photo: Oregon State Police)

(Photo: Oregon State Police)

Date: March 6, 2016

Location: Bend, Ore.

Names: Brian Zacher

The Bend Police Department reported that Cpl. Rob Emerson was in route at about 7AM Saturday, westbound on Greenwood Avenue with his emergency lights and siren on in his marked 2015 Ford Explore when he entered the intersection at 8th Street and collided with a 1997 Chevrolet pickup.

Cpl. Emerson’s vehicle then slid onto the southwest corner of the intersection, jumping a curb and hitting 39-year-old Brian Zacher, of Tualatin before crashing into a doughnut shop. Both officer Emerson and Zacher’s were hospitalized at St Charles Medical Center in Bend with non-life threatening injuries.

The driver of the pickup Eric C Olson, 58 of Bend was uninjured and no one in the doughnut shop sustained any injuries.

We extend our wishes of a speedy recovery to Brian Zacher and Officer Emerson. Best wishes to their family and friends during their recovery.

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.

Major Multi-Vehicle Crash on Glisan

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Date: March 6, 2016

Location: Glisan Street & 139th Avenue, Ore.

Victims: Lan Vo, Alexander Keppinger, Lance Faletogo, Roderick Alo & Rawz Addison-Faletogo

At 7:52 p.m. on Sunday March 6th, East Precinct and Traffic Division officers responded to a multiple-vehicle major accident on Glisan and 139th with multiple victims that had life-threatening injuries and required ground ambulance transport to Portland area hospitals.

Portland Police stated that a 2002 Acura TL traveling eastbound on Glisan Street, driven by 42-year-old Roderick Alo lost control and crashed into a 2008 Toyota Corolla that was traveling westbound onto Glisan Street. The Toyota was driven by 30-year-old Lan Vo who had just turned northbound on 139th Avenue onto Glisan Street when Alo collided with his vehicle. Lan Vo’s had a passenger who was identified as 26-year-old Alexander Keppinger Both victims sustained serious, traumatic injuries and were transported to near by hospitals.

Due to the impact by the Acura, the Toyota crashed into a 2005 Nissan Sentra that was traveling westbound on Glisan Street and driven by 26-year-old Lance Faletogo. Both Faletogo’s and his passenger 27-year-old Rawz Addison-Faletogo were both transported to Portland area hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries.

The driver of the Acura, Roderick Alo, was not injured. It was determined by investigators that he was not impaired and he fully cooperated with investigators.

There was a fourth vehicle that was not involved in the accident but may have witnessed the incident. The fourth vehicle is described as a white vehicle last seen March 6th at about 7:52 p.m. driven eastbound on Glisan Steet.

Anyone who may have witnessed this accident or has additional information should contact Officer David Enz at 503-823-2208, david.enz@portlandoregon.gov

As of March 8th, Lan Vo and Alexander Keppinger remained in the hospital with traumatic injuries.

Our hearts go out to all the members of all the families effected by this accident. We also send our best wishes to both Lan Vo and Alexander Keppinger for a full and complete recovery. This was a terrible tragedy, and we just hope everyone involved in the crash knows that there are a lot of people thinking of them.

The period after an accident like this can be a very confusing and challenging time. 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.

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.

Pamela J. Howard Killed in Head-On Collision

Photo: Oregon State Police

Photo: Oregon State Police

Date: March 1, 2016

Location: Josephine County, Ore. Highway 238

Names: Pamela J. Howard

Josephine County, Ore.

At approximately 6 p.m. on March 1. 2016 Pamela J. Howard of Applegate, Oregon was traveling eastbound on Highway 238 in a 2006 Suzuki SUV when a westbound Ford Expedition crossed over the center line and collided head-on with Howard’s Suzuki. Pamela J. Howard died on scene.

Kandice D. Garcia, 33, of Murphy, Oregon, had non-life threatening injuries and was transported to Three Rivers Hospital in Grants Pass.

We extend our condolences to the family and friends of Pamela J. Howard.

It is important that during this trying time families protect the rights of their loved one.

Oregon wrongful death claims are allowed under ORS 30.020, 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.

1 Dead, 4 injured in crash at the intersection of 157th & Halsey

Photo: 157th & Halsey Feb 13, 2016 (PF&R)

Photo: 157th & Halsey Feb 13, 2016 (PF&R)

PORTLAND, Ore. – According to Portland Police, at 5:31 a.m. February 13th David Saucedo hit another vehicle the impact killing Peter West Gefre, 26 who was a passenger in Saucedo’s car. The crash also injured the driver of the other vehicle. The accident occurred at the intersection of 157th & Halsey. David Saucedo fled the scene of the fatal multi-car accident.

Investigators identified the fleeing driver as David Saucedo, 36. He was quickly identified through his driver’s license which was left at the scene of the accident. David Saucedo is currently wanted on felony hit and run charges. Peter West Gefre, 26 of Gresham was pronounced dead at the scene. The other 4 injured were 18-year-old Elizabeth Tate, 26-year-old Nicholas Bennett, 40-year-old Michael Genuine and 32-year-old Gabriel Mata.

According to investigators, David Saucedo was traveling northbound on 157th and failed to stop for a stop sign and crashed into a pickup truck that was traveling eastbound on Halsey. Saucedo’s vehicle had four passengers one of which was killed in the accident. One other passenger attempted to flee the scene but was later found close by needing medical attention. The pickup truck driving eastbound on Halsey was occupied by only the driver who was also injured. In all one person died at the scene and four others were injured in this horrific accident.

The police are asking for anyone with information on this crash and David Saucedo’s whereabouts to please call (503) 823-3333.

We extend our condolences to the family and friends of Peter West Gefre.

Oregon wrongful death claims are allowed under ORS 30.020, 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.

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