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Car Hits Pole, Causes 14 Blocks to Lose Power on Powell Blvd

Date: November 24, 2015

Location: Southeast Powell Boulevard

Name: Unavailable

Car Hits Pole, Causes 14 Blocks to Lose Power on Powell Blvd

Tuesday morning, a car hit a power pole that shut down 14 blocks of power on Southeast Powell Boulevard and injured the driver.

The vehicle struck the pole near 124th Avenue and the driver was taken to the hospital for treatment of their injuries.

The crash knocked out power from 122nd Avenue to 136th Avenue and about 8,000 Portland General Electric customers.

Police believe speed may have been a factor in the cause of the crash.

Car accidents can be life-changing, and we hope the driver 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:

  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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Cyclist Loses Leg in SE Portland Crash

Date: May 10, 2015

Location: Southeast 26th Ave and Powell

Name: Alistair Stephen Corkett, Barry Scott Allen

Cyclist Loses Leg in SE Portland Crash

Sunday morning a Portland cyclist had his right leg severed in a collision with a truck in Southeast Portland.

Alistair Stephen Corkett, 22, was riding south on Southeast 26th Avenue when he was struck by a pickup truck heading north. The pickup turned left in front of Corkett and a friend who was riding with him.

The truck driver, Barry Scott Allen, 42, was detained and released.

Corkett was in serious condition but is expected to survive.

We wish Alistair Stephen Corkett a full and speedy recovery, and we hope this accident serves as a reminder to drivers to be careful around Oregon bicyclists.

When a bicyclist gets hit by car, the injuries are often severe. As Portland bicycle accident attorneys, we understand the dangers and the consequences of getting hit by car.

In bicycle accident cases, injuries are often very severe. Even if you were wearing a helmet, make sure you are tested for traumatic brain injury – sometimes these are not immediately apparent until tests have been performed. Seek immediate medical treatment.

What You NEED to Know:

  • If you have been hit by a car, you can file a claim with the auto insurance company of the person who hit you.
  • 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.
  • The at-fault driver’s insurance should eventually cover all your damages, including medical expenses, lost wages, and even damage to your bicycle, up to the policy limit.
  • You have two years (in most cases) to file a claim, but sooner is usually better. In some cases, like if the driver works for the city, state, or county, you could have deadlines as soon as 180 days.
  • You should not sign a release with the other insurance company until you are sure you know the extent of your injuries and damages.
  • The insurance adjusters for the bad driver are not your friends. Their job is to save the insurance company money by paying you as little as possible.
  • In most cases, it is a good idea to hire a bicycle accident attorney to protect your rights because insurance company adjusters can be tricky.

If you have more questions about the personal injury process, what to do after being hit by car, or want to speak to an attorney, call 503-222-4411 or visit www.pdxinjurylaw.com.

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