One Dead, Three Injured in Lincoln City Head-On Collision

Date: August 4, 2013
Location: US 101, near milepost 111, north of Lincoln City
Names: Donna Jeanne Ball, William Lee Bell, Patty A. Weissenfluh, Miidred M. Kauffman

One person died and three others were seriously injured when two vehicles were involved in a head-on collision near Lincoln City on Sunday.

The crash occurred when the 2001 Cadillac Deville driven by Patty A. Weissenfluh, 58, crossed the center line and hit a 2012 Kia Soul driven by Donna Jeanne Ball, 71. Ball died at the hospital a few hours later. Her passenger, William Lee Bell, 74, was injured as well as Weissenfluh, and her passenger, Miidred M. Kauffman, 89.

The highway was blocked for four hours after the accident. Police continue to investigate the cause of the accident. However, they also said that all four occupants were using seat restraints at the time of the crash.

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

Our hearts and sincere condolences go out to the friends and family of Ball 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 8, 2013, in Automobile Accidents, Oregon Car Accidents, Wrongful Death and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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