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Pedestrian Injured in Downtown Portland Hit and Run Crash

Date: January 10, 2016

Location: Southwest 11th Avenue and Market Street

Names: Kyle Wallace, Suliman Ali Algwaiz

Pedestrian Injured in Downtown Portland Hit and Run Crash

Early Sunday morning, a pedestrian was injured in a hit and run crash near the Portland State University campus downtown.

Kyle Wallace, 28, of Portland was struck at Southwest 11th Avenue and Market Street by a vehicle that left the scene.

Police used one of their cruisers to bump the fleeing car and arrested the suspect.

Suliman Ali Algwaiz, 20, of Portland, was arrested and charged with second-degree assault, misdemeanor and felony hit and run, vehicle assault on a pedestrian, reckless driving and driving under the influence of intoxicants.

Wallace was critically injured but is expected to survive.

We hope Kyle Wallace is able to recover from this accident, and that the hit and run driver is held accountable. Hit and run drivers are cowards and criminals, and as Portland attorneys for hit and run injury victims we hope this driver is found soon. Remember, hit and run drivers can be punished in both criminal and civil cases.

According to Oregon law (ORS 811.705), drivers are required to remain at the scene if anyone is injured. If a driver does not do this, they can have criminal charges brought against them once they are found.

We encourage anyone who has witnessed a hit and run to come forward with information! You can call our office and we will ensure that your identity is protected, and the information is sent to the right person. If you feel more comfortable calling a hotline, DuBois Law Group LLC sponsors the Hit and Run Reward program that gives financial incentives for reluctant witnesses to come forward after hit and run incidents. Remember, you are helping the person who was hit and you are helping protect our streets from drivers who do not obey the laws.

In cases like this, the hit and run driver can also have a civil lawsuit brought against them for all damages to the injury victim. Anyone injured by a hit and run driver has the right to seek legal recourse for injuries and damages to property. This compensation can come from the at-fault driver’s insurance or any personal assets they have.

In many cases, the hit and run driver left the scene because:

  • They did not have insurance.
  • They were driving intoxicated.

If the driver was driving intoxicated, you may still be able to file a claim with their insurance company, if you can identify the driver.

If you cannot find the driver, however, OR they do not have insurance, you can still file a claim through your own uninsured motorist (UIM) coverage on your own auto policy.

We understand that this is a complicated process, and we recommend discussing your case with a Portland hit and run accident attorney who offers free consultations if you have any questions.

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Driver Smoking Pot Hits Pedestrian at Gresham Crosswalk

Date: October 5, 2015

Location: East Burnside Street and Northeast 181st Avenue

Name: Jacob McLeod Walters

Driver Smoking Pot Hits Pedestrian at Gresham Crosswalk

Monday morning a driver allegedly smoking marijuana, struck a woman at a Gresham intersection sending her flying 35 feet.

Jacob McLeod Walters, 27, was driving down East Burnside Street near the Northeast 181st Avenue intersection when the woman attempted to cross Burnside at a marked crosswalk. Walters Toyota Prius struck the 46-year-old woman, from Portland, and she suffered a broken back, pelvis, arm and a compound break to her left leg.

Witnesses said Walters was smoking marijuana seconds before the crash. He was arrested with fourth degree-assault, reckless driving and reckless endangerment. Marijuana is under investigation as a contributing factor to the crash.

We wish the woman a full and speedy 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.

Portland Boy Thrown from SUV During Crash East of Lincoln City

Date: September 7, 2015

Location: Highway 18

Names: Elliot Thompson, Reese Altig, Laurie Altig

Portland Boy Thrown from SUV During Crash East of Lincoln City

Monday afternoon a 10-year-old boy was critically injured in a two-vehicle crash on Highway 18 east of Lincoln City.

Elliot Thompson, 21, of Aumsville, was heading east in a 1990 Geo Prizm when he crossed the center line and crashed head-on into a Ford Expedition. The Ford went off the road and rolled over.

A passenger in the Ford, Reese Altig, 10, of Portland, was thrown from the vehicle and critically injured.

The driver of the Ford, Laurie Altig, 57, sustained non-life threatening injuries.

Thompson was also injured and taken to the hospital and is expected to survive.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.

A dog in the Altig’s SUV ran away from the scene after the crash, but was found the next day.

We wish Reese Altig 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.

Four Vehicles Involved in Fatal Highway 6 Crash in Tillamook County

Date: July 17, 2015

Location: Oregon 6

Names: Carl S. Peterson, Joyce K. Hamreus, Mary E. Lovell

Four Vehicles Involved in Fatal Highway 6 Crash in Tillamook County

On Saturday a Beaverton woman died in Tillamook County after a vehicle struck other cars stopped for road construction on Highway 6.

Carl S. Peterson, 49, of Portland, was headed east on Highway 6 when his car crossed the center line.

Joyce K. Hamreus, 64, of Beaverton, was standing beside her westbound vehicle, died while being taken to the hospital.

Mary E. Lovell, 55, of Tillamook, was in another vehicles waiting for road construction to stop had minor injuries.

We extend our condolences to the family and friends of Joyce K. Hamreus and 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:

  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.

Woman Killed in Crash on Highway 38 near Reedsport

Date: June 28, 2015

Location: Highway 38

Names: Sarah E. Wright, Evan T. Fass, Catherine M. Patterson, Freda G. McCrea, Dan W. Agee, Joann M. Agee

Woman Killed in Crash on Highway 38 near Reedsport

Sunday afternoon a woman died in a multi-vehicle crash on Highway 38 east of Reedsport.

A 2009 Nissan Cube driven by Sarah E. Wright, 35, of Palm Springs, California, was heading westbound on Highway 38 when it crossed the center line.

The Nissan hit a 2004 Dodge Ram pickup towing a fifth wheel recreational vehicle and a 2003 Honda Pilot both heading eastbound.

The Nissan came to a rest on its roof.  Wright and her passenger, Evan T. Fass, 28, of Palm Springs, were taken to the hospital.  Wright was pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital.

The driver of the Honda, Catherine M. Patterson, 54, of Portland, and her passenger Freda G. McCrea, 77, of Portland were taken to the hospital.

The driver of the Dodge, Dan W. Agee, 39, and his passenger, Joann M. Agee, 34, both from Woodburn, were uninjured.

We extend our condolences to the family and friends of Sarah E. Wright and 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:

  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.

Two Killed in Head-on Crash near Washougal

Date: June 24, 2015

Location: State Route 14

Names: Anna L. Wichman, Justin A. Clayton, Jesika Clausen, Sean Knudeson, Robert O. Snider

Two Killed in Head-on Crash near Washougal

On Wednesday a head-on crash near Washougal left two people dead and three injured.

A 2015 Kia Soul was heading east on State Route 14 when it was struck by a Toyota Tacoma pickup that crossed the center line.

Police said that westbound traffic was stopped, ahead of the pickup, to wait for a hay truck to turn left onto a side road. The pickup driven by Robert O. Snider, 91, of Vancouver, swerved to avoid the backup and collided with the Kia.

Anna L. Wichman, 29, of Portland, and Justin A. Clayton, 25, of Portland were seated in the backseat of the Kia and were pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of the Kia, Jesikah Clausen, 25, of Portland and her front-seat passenger, Sean Knudeson, 32, of Portland and Snider were taken to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center for treatment of non life-threatening injuries.

Everyone involved was wearing a seatbelt.

We extend our condolences to the family and friends of Anna L. Wichman and Justin A. Clayton.  We wish Jesikah Clausen, Sean Knudeson and Robert O. Snider 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.

 

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