At one point or another, everyone is a pedestrian. As the expense of driving and insuring a vehicle rise, more and more people choose to walk to their destinations. As the number of pedestrians increases, so do the number of pedestrian accidents. To see where the Portland region ranks in terms of pedestrian collisions nationally, please go to this National Highway Traffic Safety Administration report.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2012 nationally:
Both motorists and pedestrians can engage in behaviors that cause collisions. According to state pedestrian law as described by the State of Oregon Department of Motor Vehicles -
The Portland Police Department offers information on accidents. To learn more about how to request a collision report or other public records, go to this link. The Oregon Department of Motor Vehicles provides information on traffic and safety laws.
These departments are a good resource to get information after a pedestrian accident.
When a pedestrian is injured, it is crucial to get appropriate medical treatment, regardless of the financial cost. The major hospitals in the area include:
As soon as possible, an injured person should contact their insurance company to find out how medical treatment is covered under their insurance policy. Since insurance policies often have unique provisions to deal with pedestrian-accident injuries, it is important to review the policy and speak with the insurance adjuster to get clarification on coverage.
Since there is no cost to speak with a lawyer, it is a good idea to learn more about your potential claim. Accident Data Center can help you by connecting you with our network of experienced injury lawyers who can provide you with information about your rights and options. Learn more here about the value of a no-cost legal claim evaluation.