Two people are seriously injured after an Oregon vehicle crash occurred on U.S. 26 east of Frog Lake near Government Camp. The Oregonian reports the collision was head-on. Apparently, the driver of a 1999 Toyota Tacoma pickup truck drove over a patch of ice and lost control of the vehicle. As a consequence, the pickup crossed into the opposing lane of traffic, crashing head-on into a 1999 Honda CRV driven by Stephanie Clanin, 35, of Bend.
Oregon State Police are conducting an investigation into the Oregon car accident, which caused the pickup truck driver and a male passenger to suffer serious injury. Both were taken by ambulance to St. Charles Medical Center in Bend. Clanin was not injured in the crash. All passengers involved in this accident were wearing their seat belts. If seat belts had not been used, their injuries could have been much worse.
Most Oregon residents understand the possible dangers of driving during wintry weather. If you can avoid driving on icy roads, please do. However, if there is no other option, remember that it takes much longer for your vehicle to come to a stop on water-covered ice and icy roads. It is important to know your car and how to react if you hit a patch of ice. How do your brakes respond? Do you know how to steer into a skid? The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) suggests that drivers practice maneuvers slowly on the ice or snow in an empty lot during daylight hours. This can help a motorist become more familiar with how their vehicle responds to certain situations. Practicing can also help a motorist become more confident with driving in winter road conditions.
No matter what the weather is like outside, always buckle your seat belt and follow traffic laws. Speeding during any type of weather is never a good idea. However, speeding during or after rain or snow is even riskier. The odds of an auto accident happening are too high to take any chances. According to the NHTSA, about 2.22 million people were injured in vehicle accidents in 2009.
Despite these statistics, being in a car crash in Oregon is unexpected. Even though you hear about auto accidents happening all the time, being in one is scary. At Shulman DuBois, LLC, our Oregon car accident lawyers help injury victims receive compensation from negligent drivers who caused a crash. We understand there’s a lot on your mind after an accident, and that’s why we’re here to help you make sense of it all. Call 503-486-3557 for a free consultation and to learn more about your legal rights.