Pickup Hits Deputies, Driver Arrested for DUII

Date: September 6, 2013
Location: Southeast 82nd Avenue and Southeast Causey Avenue, Happy Valley
Name: Female Passenger Unnamed, Sean Hannigan

One woman was injured when a driver hit a pickup that crashed into a sheriff’s patrol car in Happy Valley on Friday.

The accident occurred when Sean Hannigan, 39, hit the rear of Ford Ranger on Southeast 82nd Avenue and Southeast Causey Avenue, Happy Valley, with the Nissan Pathfinder he was driving at around 3:15 pm. This pushed the Ranger to hit a sheriff’s patrol car at the intersection. The deputies at the Sheriff’s office said a woman passenger in the Ford Ranger, whom they did not name, was taken to the hospital with neck and back pain after the crash.

Police have also arrested Hannigan for DUII, and took him to Clackamas County Jail.

We extend our sympathies to the injured woman and hope she recovers quickly and completely.

Our best wishes go out to the injured; 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:

  1. You may be able to file a claim with the auto insurance of the at-fault driver.
  2. 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).
  3. 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.

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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 September 13, 2013, in Automobile Accidents, Drunk Driving, Oregon Personal Injury Attorney, Oregon State Police and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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