Pedestrian Critically Injured after Being Struck by SUV in Woodburn
Date: August 17, 2013
Location: 600 block of North Pacific Highway, Woodburn
Names: Rafael Mendoza-Juarez, Jorge Gutierrez Medina
According to the police Rafael Mendoza-Juarez, 53, was walking across the street near the crosswalk when he was hit by a SUV driven by Jorge Gutierrez Medina, 46. The injured man was taken by air to the OHSU hospital where he remains in critical condition.
Medina stayed at the site of the accident, and police later arrested him and have charged him with second degree assault and DUII.
Police have also asked witnesses who have any information pertaining to the accident to contact Officer Josh Rains as they continue their investigations.
We extend our sympathies to the injured man and hope he recovers completely and quickly.
Our best wishes go out to Mendoza-Juarez; 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.