One Dead, Three Injured in SUV, Ambulance Crash near Eugene

Date: July 31, 2013
Location: Clear Lake Road near the Eugene Airport, Northwest of Eugene
Names: Patricia L. Morgan, Jason Lockett, Mark Underhill, Robert C. Cramblit

One person died and three others sustained non-life-threatening injuries on Wednesday after a crash between an ambulance and a SUV near Eugene Airport.

Police are continuing to investigate the crash that lead to the death of Patricia L. Morgan, 57, the driver of the SUV.

At the time of the accident, the ambulance carried medics Jason Lockett, 26, and Mark Underhill, 31, as well as their patient, Robert C. Cramblit, 61. The ambulance was travelling on Clear Lake Road without the siren or light as it was not an emergency. The SUV crossed the center line and crashed into the ambulance, according to the police.

All three of the ambulance passengers were treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

We extend our sympathies to the family and friends of the dead woman and hope the injured recover quickly and completely.

Our hearts and sincere condolences go out to the friends and family of Morgan 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 August 7, 2013, in Auto Insurance Lawyers, Oregon Car Accidents, Portland personal injury attorneys, Wrongful Death and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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