Woman Dies After Tragic Bus Crash
Date: July 9, 2013
Location: Southeast 148th Avenue and Division Street, Portland
Name: Renee Jean Bates
In the early afternoon, on Tuesday, July 9, 2013, Renee Jean Bates, 43, and her husband, Shawn Dale Bates, 43, were crossing Southeast 148th Street when they were struck by a school bus. The driver, who only had two children on board at the time, appeared to be attempting to make a right turn in the turning lane to onto Division Street. Bates was seriously injured. Her husband, the bus driver, and the two children on board suffered no injuries in the accident.
Bates was transported to a nearby hospital with life-threatening injuries. She passed away several hours later due to the severity of her condition.
The bus driver is cooperating with police in the investigation of the accident. No citations have been issued and police report the couple was crossing in a marked crosswalk at the time of the collision.
We would like to express our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Renee Bates. Our sympathies are with you for your loss.
In these cases the grief of losing a loved one is deepened by the knowledge that their death may have been due to someone else’s negligence. While it is a small consolation, it is possible to file a wrongful death claim under ORS 30.010-30.1000.
The Oregon statute outlines who is entitled to compensation. Spouses, children, and parents are the most common claimants, but under some circumstances, grandchildren, siblings, and grandparents may be able to bring a wrongful death claim as well. A Personal Representative, usually chosen by the family and approved by a judge, must bring the lawsuit for these beneficiaries.
It is important to note that the time limits for filing a wrongful death claims are very complicated and depend entirely on the circumstances. Your time limit (statute of limitations) may be as little as one year, so preserving evidence and seeking legal help in a timely manner can be extremely important to the case.
If you need to speak with a Portland wrongful death attorney, most offer free consultations. Many will also help you investigate the accident for free until you decide what to do about representation. Let them help you navigate this legal process, so that you can grieve without jeopardizing your rights.
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