Two Dead After Farm Truck Crash Near Vale, Oregon

Date: October 6, 2013
Location: Highway 20, east of Vale
Names: John Hendricks, Angela Hendricks, Jianni Hendricks, Aquilino Castilleja Martinez

Two people died and two others sustained injuries after a car crashed into a farm truck on Sunday near Vale.

The accident occurred when a 1999 Dodge Intrepid driven by John Hendricks, 56, hit a 1973 Ford F600 farm truck driven by Aquilino Castilleja Martinez, 72, in the rear. Both vehicles were on Highway 20 near Vale at the time of the crash. The impact killed both Hendricks and his wife, Angela Hendricks, 52. Police continue to investigate the accident and say there is no sign that Hendricks applied the brakes before the crash.

The crash injured Jianni Hendricks, 13, and Martinez.

We extend our sympathies to the family and friends of the dead couple, especially their daughter. We hope the injured recover quickly and completely.

Our hearts and sincere condolences go out to the friends and family of Hendricks 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.

Portland Oregon Wrongful Death Attorneys

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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 October 25, 2013, in Oregon Car Accidents, Portland car accidents, truck accidents and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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