Oregon Patrolman Injured in Columbia River Gorge Crash

Oregon state police are urging Drivers to slow down and exercise caution this holiday weekend after a state trooper was injured in an Oregon auto accident. The trooper’s patrol car was struck by an SUV that was driving too fast in bad weather near the Columbia River Gorge, according to a report in the Gresham Outlook.

The accident took place on I-84 near the town of Hood River. The paper reports that State Police Sergeant Pat Shortt was slowing down so that he could pull over to assist a disabled motorist when he was struck from behind by an SUV that, in addition to its driver, was carrying four children. Sgt. Shortt was treated at a local hospital for minor injuries and later released. The SUV’s driver was cited for reckless driving.

In the wake of the Hood River injury auto incident the state police are reminding drivers to use extra caution on snowy and icy roads during this winter driving season.

It is also, however, worth remembering that accountability for poor winter driving goes beyond the issue police citations. Even if no one is cited during an Oregon auto accident, someone who has been injured may be able to claim compensation. If you have been injured in an Oregon car accident, a Portland personal injury attorney can offer valuable advice regarding where you stand legally and whether you may be entitled to compensation or damages for your injuries, damage to property (your car, for example), lost wages or salary and pain and suffering.

Gresham Outlook: Drive Carefully on Icy Roads