One Dead After Two-Car Crash near Scappoose Oregon

Date: July 1, 2013
Location: Scappoose-Vernonia Road, Portland
Names: Yuriy Zagorulko, Andrey Zagorulko, Aleksey Martynov and Kennedy Ragsdale

A Portland man died , and several others were injured, in a car crash on Scappoose-Vernonia Road on Monday, July 1, 2013.

Police report that Yuriy Zagorulko, 31, of Portland, was operating his blue 2002 Nissan Xterra eastbound towards Scappoose on Scappoose-Vernonia Rd. near milepost 3. In his vehicle were two passengers, Andrey Zagorulko, 30, Portland and Aleksey Martynov, 35, Portland. The vehicle Zagorulko was driving traveled off the roadway. Zagorulko attempted to correct and wound up in the opposite lane of traffic. There, he collided with Kennedy Ragsdale, 40, of Vernona, who was operating a white, 2006 Ford 350 truck. Zagorulko’s vehicle came to a stop in the middle of the roadway, while Ragsdale’s vehicle went off the roadway and landed in a gully.

The driver of the Nissan, Yuriy Zagorulko, died at the scene of the accident. The other driver, Kennedy Ragsdale, and Zagorulko’s two passengers were also injured and were taken to Emanuel Hospital in Portland.

Police reported that alcohol may have been a factor in the crash and the investigation is ongoing at this time.

We would like to extend our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Yuriy Zagorulko as they mourn for their loss. In addition, we would like to wish all the passengers involved a fast and complete recovery.

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:

  1. You may be able to file a claim with the auto insurance of the at-fault driver.
  2. 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).
  3. 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.




About Sean DuBois

Sean is a personal injury attorney in Portland, OR. He has been recognized by Super Lawyers Magazine as Oregon Rising Stars for the past four years because of his dedication to justice and fair compensation for his clients. If you need to speak with a lawyer about your injury case, Sean can be reached at 503-222-4411.

Posted on July 8, 2013, in Auto Insurance Lawyers, Drunk Driving, truck accidents and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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