Two Drivers Hurt in Alcohol Related Crash in Southeast Portland
Date: August 25, 2013
Location: Southeast Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Southeast Clay Street, Southeast Portland
Names: Zachary Smith, Carlos Eduardo Angulo
According to police reports they reached the accident site on SE Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and SE Clay Street, Portland, and found two injured drivers. Zachary Smith, 37, and Carlos Eduardo Angulo, 55, were injured in the crash. Police transported them to hospital for treatment of the non-life-threatening injuries.
Police have also charged Angulo with second degree assault, reckless driving, and DUII after determining that he was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the accident. He was arrested after being discharged from hospital.
We extend our sympathies to the injured and hope they recover completely and quickly.
Our best wishes go out to Smith; we wish you a speedy and full 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:
- You may be able to file a claim with the auto insurance of the at-fault driver.
- 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).
- 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.