Portland, OR (June 23, 2002) — According to sources, officers with the Portland Police Department are investigating a hit-and-run crash on I-5 near the Rose Quarter. The incident was reported on Thursday, June 23rd.
Authorities say that the driver of an unspecified type of vehicle collided with another car in the northbound lanes of the interstate and fled the area. Emergency responders were called to the scene where they worked to assist the parties involved.
At least one person suffered injuries in the crash, but their present condition has not been made available.
No further details have been released as the crash remains under investigation.
Our thoughts are with the victims and their families at this time. We hope for their full recovery.
Hit and Run Accidents in Oregon
If you leave the scene of an accident in Oregon, there are several legal risks to face. You may have to pay hefty fines, lose your license, or even go to jail if found guilty.
When an accident happens, it can be hard to think clearly. These things can leave a person feeling stressed out and without a sense of control. But leaving the scene after an accident will almost always be considered a crime.
What constitutes a hit-and-run in Oregon? Any car accident a driver leaves without rendering aid and exchanging information is counted as a hit-and-run. Thankfully because Oregon has more accidents than fatalities, most hit-and-runs lead to little or no damage.
However, car accidents do happen frequently enough that the Oregon Department of Transportation Driver Motor Vehicle Services (DMV) offers training for police officers on how to report these types of accidents. If you are involved in an accident, you are legally obliged to stop and return to the scene or else you risk facing criminal charges.
You will also need to give the other driver your information such as registration and insurance information.
If you hit a parked car and you can’t find the owner, it is required that you stop and leave your information on their windshield or by another visible place. The law states that if someone is injured in an accident you are required to offer them reasonable help. This means doing what you can for them and assisting them in getting medical treatment by calling an ambulance or helping with transportation.
If you fail to follow these duties, there is a chance that the court will find you guilty of criminal offenses.
If you have been involved in a hit-and-run accident, it is highly advised that you seek consultation from an experienced auto accident lawyer. A hit-and-run is a very traumatic event to live through, we believe that you should be able to focus on healing and getting better, while we deal with insurance companies and tedious paperwork.
At Johnson & Taylor Law, we are experts in representing accident victims. This allows us to provide our customers with the highest quality and most efficient service possible. We feel that, at this time in your life, you should prioritize your rehabilitation and recovery.
In times of need, our firm is there to support you. Free consultations are offered to all interested individuals and their families. Regardless of how difficult your case may look, our Portland vehicle accident attorneys can aid you and help you recover. Please contact us as soon as possible using the link on our website or by calling (503) 990-6641 to schedule an appointment with one of our attorneys. We are here to assist you and yours in your time of need.
Note: Our team of writers utilizes secondary sources when creating these accident news posts. These sources include local and state police incident reports, news media outlets, social media posts, and at times, eyewitness accounts about accidents in and around Salem, Oregon. We have not independently verified all of the facts surrounding this accident. If you locate something incorrect in our post, please contact Johnson & Taylor right away so that we can correct the post with the updated information. We will take this post down if requested.
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