Three Passengers Injured in Drunk Driving Crash in Estacada
Date: June 30, 2013
Location: Oregon 224, Estacada
Names: Kyle E. Elgin, Kyle Volpel, Shon Shiiki, Sara Erickson
Kyle E. Elgin, 24, of Damascus was operating his pickup truck around 5 am on Sunday when it left the roadway and rolled over into a ditch, landing on its side. Inside were three passengers, Kyle Volpel, 23, of Oregon City, Shon Shiiki, 22, of Gresham, and Sara Erickson, 19, of Oregon City.
Elgin was not wearing his seat belt and was seriously injured in the collision. He had to be Life Flighted to Legacy Emmanuel Medical Center. His current condition is not known. The passengers in the vehicle all suffered injuries as well. Volpel was taken to Legacy Emmanuel Medical Center. Shiiki and Erickson were both transported to Oregon Health & Science University. The passengers were all wearing seatbelts and only suffered minor injuries.
Police report that alcohol was a factor in the crash and Elgin was cited for drunken driving. Additional charges are pending the completion of the investigation of the accident.
We would like to extend our best wishes to all the parties involved for a fast and complete recovery. We hope you all heal from your injuries and are able to put this terrible accident behind you.
Drunken driving accidents are tragedies that affect not only the victim, but often the victim’s family and friends as well. These cases are also legally complex and can face very strict time limits (as little as 180 days).
If you have been a victim of a drunk driving accident, you may be able to get compensation in a few ways:
- You may be able to file a claim with the auto insurance of the at-fault driver.
- You may be able to file a claim with your own insurance (if their insurance does not cover all your damages, it was a hit-and-run crash, or they do not have insurance).
- You may be able to file a claim against the establishment or person that supplied the alcohol to the drunk driver through a Dram Shop Notice.
A Dram Shop Notice allows you to hold responsible whoever served and continued to serve alcohol to the drunk driver after they were visibly intoxicated, or whoever served alcohol to someone who is underage. This could be a bar, nightclub, restaurant, or whoever supplied the alcohol.
These establishments are required to properly train and incentivize their employees to act in accordance with the OLCC’s guidelines regarding intoxicated drinkers. They should not be allowed to do otherwise. A Dram Shop Notice is a special letter that tells the establishment that they are being held accountable for failing to follow these guidelines.
But if the proper establishment does not receive the Dram Shop Notice within 180 days, the claim may be forever lost. This very tight time limit destroys many otherwise valid claims. Let an Oregon injury attorney who is familiar with the law regarding drunk driving accidents help you through this difficult time, and get you on your way to recovery.