On behalf of Berkshire Ginsberg, LLC posted on Friday, January 17, 2014.
A recent hit and run accident in Portland left a man seriously injured. The man was taken to Oregon Health and Science University hospital with injuries that, according to authorities, “may be significant.” According to preliminary information provided by authorities, the man was crossing the street in a marked crosswalk when he was hit. An initial car stopped for the man but a second car did not and struck him in the crosswalk. The hit and run vehicle is described as a white or silver vehicle. Portland Police Bureau’s Major Crash Team was called in to investigation the crash; this is the unit that investigates serious crashes. Hit and run accidents can leave victims seriously injured and wondering what to do about the harm the victim has suffered. When a victim has been hit and injured while crossing the road in a crosswalk, legal remedies may be available to the victim for the recovery of damages. Negligent drivers, such as distracted drivers or drivers who engage in a failure to yield or failure to observe safety requirements on the roadways, may be liable to injured pedestrians for damages. Damages that may be recovered when an injured victim has suffered serious or severe injuries include medical expenses, future medical care and costs, lost wages, lost-earning capacity and pain and suffering damages. In circumstances when the negligent driver did not stop for the accident as required by law or has not been identified or found, victims may have remedies available in those circumstances. An uninsured or underinsured motorist insurance policy may provide victims relief in that situation. A hit and run auto accident can cause havoc in the life of an injured victim whose life may be transformed in an instant. A trained personal injury attorney can help the victim evaluate the physical, financial and emotion harm suffered and pursue a claim for compensation for the damages suffered. Source: Portland Tribune, “Pedestrian seriously injured on Powell,” Jan. 10, 2014