Man Killed in Single-Car Crash
Date: December 17, 2013
Location: Highway 199, Grants Pass
Name: Gary Trammell
Police report that Gary Trammell, 60, was traveling northbound in his 2008 Subaru in the morning on Tuesday. For unknown reasons, his car then left the roadway. He then collided with a tree head on. The accident happened near milepost 9 on the roadway.
First responders arrived at the scene to render aid to Trammell. He was taken to Asante Three Rivers Medical Center in Grants Pass. He was pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital.
Trammell was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the collision. The accident is still under investigation at this time, and it is unknown why his vehicle left the roadway. There were no passengers in Trammell’s car, and no other vehicles involved in the accident.
The roadway had to be closed for a short period of time as Oregon State Police cleared the scene. They were assisted by the Oregon Department of Transportation, Josephine County Sheriff’s office, Rural Metro and AMR.
We would like to express our sorrow for the loss of Gary Trammell to his family and friends. Our thoughts and best wishes are with you as you grieve for your loss.
While many single car accidents are considered to be the fault of the driver, it is not uncommon for these types of accidents to be more complex than they appear. Poorly maintained roads, bad signage or traffic control devices, negligent mechanics, car manufacturing defects and/or poor design, can all contribute to a single-car accident.
To protect your rights, and any potential claim you may have, it is imperative to investigate these other possible causes as soon as possible. Road repairs, changes to the intersection, etc., can all obscure the evidence you might need to prove your claim. And, if a public body is negligent, you may lose your rights if you don’t send an Oregon Tort Claim within 180 days.
In a single-car accident, your Personal Injury Protection (PIP) should cover all your lost wages and medical bills up to at least $15,000 (the minimum coverage required by Oregon law). PIP is no-fault insurance, so PIP applies no matter who is found at fault for the accident.
If you or someone you know has been involved in a single car accident that they believe was not their fault, consider talking to an experienced Portland accident attorney or reading 7 Common Mistakes That Can Wreck Your Oregon Accident Case, which can answer the most common questions people have after a car accident.