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Three Injured, One Arrested in Klamath Falls Oregon Crash

Date:  December 19, 2011
Location:  Highway 97, milepost 284, near Klamath Falls
Names:  Robert Glen, Jeffrey Quigley, Chet Newell

A bizarre chain of events near Klamath Falls on Monday morning ended with three people being taken to the hospital with a variety of injuries. One of the three was later released from the hospital only to be arrested for drunk and reckless driving.

Just after 5 a.m. Monday, a Good Samaritan spotted Robert Glen, 19, of Klamath Falls lying by the side of Highway 97, near milepost 284. Police believe Glen may have been the victim of a hit-and-run. The Good Samaritan was 47-year-old Jeffrey Quigley, of Grenada, California. He pulled his GMC pickup onto the northbound shoulder of the highway, and while he was attempting to help Glen, a Ford Ranger pickup being driven by Chet Newell, 20, from Klamath Falls, crashed into the back of Quigley’s truck, pushing it forward and over Quigley and Glen.

Emergency responders rushed all three men to Sky Lakes Medical Center in Klamath Falls. Newell’s injuries were minor, but both Quigley and Glen were seriously injured. After Newell was released from the hospital, he was immediately arrested, according to the report on KTVZ.com, and charged with DUII, reckless driving and two counts of assault in the second degree.

Police are still seeking information on how Glen became injured before Quigley stopped to help him.

We send our very best wishes for a full and speedy recovery to both Jeffrey Quigley and Robert Glen.

In the wake of an accident like this, each person must deal with it in whatever way works best for them. We would never try to talk someone into taking legal action. It is an individual decision that can only be made by the Quigley and Glen families.

We encourage people to educate themselves on the law of drunk driving in Oregon, and we provide free information to help you settle your lawsuit without an attorney. But when a drunk driver is involved, the law becomes very tricky, and you should contact an experienced Oregon hit and run injury attorney.

Hit-and-run is a serious violation of Oregon Vehicle Code 811.705. The hit-and-run driver must be held civilly and criminally responsible for his actions. In a case like this, the Glen family may be well advised to contact a reputed personal injury attorney with experience in hit-and-run crashes who will fight for the justice and compensation that they deserve. At Shulman DuBois, we believe that what happened to Robert Glen is simply unacceptable; we are committed to making sure that hit-and-run drivers are held accountable for their actions and that both victims and families receive the compensation they deserve.

Problems with Medication Can Cause Accidents, According to Portland Auto Attorneys

Date: September 14, 2011
Location: 600 block of High Street, Klamath Falls
Name: Ashley Antal

Klamath Falls police are investigating whether a driver’s medical condition contributed to the crash that knocked power out for more than 1,300 Pacific Power customers, and also along Highway 97, as well as causing a small brush fire Tuesday.

A report on KTVL.com said police were called to the scene of a car accident on the 600 block of High Street at around 7:25 Tuesday evening. When they arrived, they found a Chevy Tahoe being driven by Ashley Antal, 31, of Klamath Falls, had struck a telephone pole after Antal lost control of the vehicle. The Tahoe had flipped onto its side and was badly damaged, as were the telephone pole and a nearby car. The accident also caused a power line crossing the highway to break and fall, triggering a brush fire. Fortunately, Klamath County Fire Department were quickly on the scene and were able to extinguish the fire before it could cause major damage.

No reports were issued regarding Antal’s condition, but Klamath Falls Police issued a press release Wednesday morning saying the accident appears to have been caused by an unspecified medical issue.

We would like to send our best wishes for a full recovery to Antal after this worrying incident.

When a driver passes out due to a medical condition, it can be difficult to figure out whose fault it is. You may be surprised to read this from a personal injury attorney, but it may be nobody’s fault. A freak accident is what we call an “act of God,” and nobody gets blamed.
But, here are some other possibilities:
-The driver may have been on medication that specifically stated she shouldn’t drive. That would make it the driver’s fault.
-The driver may have been on medication that did not state she shouldn’t drive, but should have! That would make it the fault of whoever produced, tested, and labeled the medication.
-The driver may have been on medication that should state that she shouldn’t drive, but the pharmacist mislabeled it. Pharmacy’s fault.
-The driver’s doctor may have misdiagnosed a condition, and therefore failed to tell the driver that she shouldn’t be driving.

There’s no way to know what actually happened to cause this accident without further investigation. This is certainly a situation that can get complicated fast. A competent Portland personal injury attorney can help guide you through the process of investigating the crash, requesting medical records, and filing a claim if necessary.

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