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Portland woman recovering after hit-and-run car accident

Each and every day, drivers become tangled in traffic accidents on Oregon roadways. Amid the large number of accidents that occur every year, readers may lose sight of how deeply affected the individual victims of car accidents can be. The victims can face serious medical problems and subsequent financial issues, which may necessitate them to seek compensation.

Recently, in Portland, there was a very serious hit-and-run accident. A pickup truck struck a woman while she was crossing the street. The driver continued to drive away from the accident scene, but later abandoned the truck in a neighborhood, where police eventually discovered the truck.

The injured woman was taken to the hospital and her injuries were described as being serious, but not life threatening. Police are searching for information on the driver of the truck.

Motor vehicle accidents often have a devastating impact -- physically, emotionally and financially. Not only do victims usually face medical bills, but they also may be unable to work while they recover. Fortunately, Oregon's personal injury laws allow individuals to recover for the damage that is incurred as a result of the accident.

Sometimes victims of car accidents are compensated by the driver and sometimes by their insurance company. Insurance companies are often more willing to settle to avoid costly litigation.

While it is certainly beneficial to receive some financial reimbursement, it's important to make sure that any financial reward that arises as the result of an injury-causing accident is sufficient to cover all subsequent expenses and losses. As such, it's important to make sure that any settlements offered by an insurance company are fair. Otherwise, the injured can explore other options and proceed accordingly.

Source: OregonLive "Driver of pickup truck sought in hit-and-run by Portland police," The Oregonian, Oct. 17, 2012

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