Two People Injured in Crash on OR18, Cause Unknown
Date: September 20, 2013
Location: Oregon 18, Otis
Names: Matthew D. Mays, Bonniebelle Everill
A single-vehicle crash resulted in serious injuries to two people on Friday, September 20, 2013, outside of Otis.
Matthew D. Mays, 29, of Lincoln was operating his 2005 Chevrolet Blazer in the westbound lane on Oregon 18. Police report that Mays was driving erratically and speeding. At one point, his vehicle left the roadway and traveled over an embankment. It then rolled over and landed on its left side in the eastbound lane. The vehicle was blocking the eastbound lane of the highway when it stopped.
Both Mays and his passenger, Bonniebelle Everill, 25, from Otis, were wearing seatbelts at the time of the accident. However, they were both still seriously injured. They were first transported to Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital and later were sent to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland. Their current conditions are not known and their specific injuries were not listed.
No citations have been issued or arrests made in relation to the accident and police are continuing to investigate at this time.
We would like to express our best wishes for a fast and full recovery to both of the parties involved. Our thoughts are with you as you recover from the injuries you sustained in this serious accident.
When a car rolls over in an accident, the results can be catastrophic. Our hearts go out to those involved in this accident, and we hope they are able to recover quickly.
Rollover accidents usually happen in one of two ways:
o When a vehicle, usually with a high center of gravity like SUVs, pickup trucks, and passenger vans, loses its balance and control after a sharp turn
o When a vehicle “trips” on something: a pothole, soft shoulder, curb or guardrail and topples over
These accidents are especially upsetting because most people believe that cars are designed to be safe: to not to roll over, and to protect the passengers if they do. In some cases, where the accident was clearly caused by poor vehicle design or faulty parts, the manufacturer or distributor may be held liable.
If you or a loved one was involved in a rollover accident caused by a poorly designed vehicle or someone else’s negligence, contact a compassionate Portland rollover attorney to discuss your case. They will start by giving you a free and honest consultation, and can help you recover compensation for your injury, pain and suffering, and wage loss.