Two Dead, One Injured in Two-Vehicle Crash on Highway 97, near Madras

Date: July 19, 2013
Location: Highway 97, near Madras
Names: Warren Chester Ward, Harold M. Curtis, Elizabeth A. Samul

Two people died and one person sustained non-life-threatening injuries on Friday in a two-vehicle crash on Highway 97, near Madras.

The accident occurred when a Subaru Legacy driven by Warren Chester Ward, 91, and other vehicles were trying to pass a commercial truck on Highway 97. The Subaru did not have enough room to complete the pass and hit a Ford Explorer driven by Harold M. Curtis, 71.

Both vehicles came to a stop off the highway. Both Ward and Curtis were declared dead on the scene. Curtis was found to have been driving with revoked driving privileges. His girlfriend and passenger, Elizabeth A. Samul, 68, sustained non-life-threatening injuries.

Our hearts and sincere condolences go out to the friends and family of both the deceased during this challenging and tragic time.

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.

If you are looking for more information about wrongful death claims, please order our free guide, Oregon Wrongful Deaths: A Family Guide to the Civil Justice System After the Death of a Loved One.





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 29, 2013, in Car Accidents, Portland personal injury attorneys, Wrongful Death and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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