Single-car Accident Sends Car Into the Molalla River, Two Injured

Date: December 29, 2013
Location: Forest Road, Molalla
Names: Not Reported

Two people were injured when their vehicle went off the roadway and became submerged in the Molalla River on Sunday, December 29, 2013.

Police report that shortly after midnight, the vehicle the two people were in left Forest Road. In then traveled off a 30 foot cliff and landed upside down in the Molalla River.

Several good Samaritans saw the accident and rushed in to aid the people in the vehicle. A man was able to pull the driver to safety on top of the submerged vehicle shortly after the crash. A couple of witnesses waded into the river to help the passenger in the vehicle.

At this time, no names have been released and the investigation into the accident is ongoing. The conditions of the two people injured were not reported.

Several area agencies assisted in the accident including Molalla Fire Department, Colton Fire, Gladstone Fire, Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue, Clackamas Fire, Clackamas County Dive and Marine Patrol, Clackamas County Water Rescue Consortium and Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office.

Crews used a rapid deployment craft to first get the parties involved to shore. Then rope teams were able to pull the vehicle back up the steep cliff.

We would like to express our best wishes for a fast and full recovery to the two people injured in the accidents. Our thoughts are with you both as you recover.

While many single car accidents are considered to be the fault of the driver, it is not uncommon for these types of accidents to be more complex than they appear. Poorly maintained roads, bad signage or traffic control devices, negligent mechanics, car manufacturing defects and/or poor design, can all contribute to a single-car accident.

To protect your rights, and any potential claim you may have, it is imperative to investigate these other possible causes as soon as possible. Road repairs, changes to the intersection, etc., can all obscure the evidence you might need to prove your claim. And, if a public body is negligent, you may lose your rights if you don’t send an Oregon Tort Claim within 180 days.

In a single-car accident, your Personal Injury Protection (PIP) should cover all your lost wages and medical bills up to at least $15,000 (the minimum coverage required by Oregon law). PIP is no-fault insurance, so PIP applies no matter who is found at fault for the accident.

If you or someone you know has been involved in a single car accident that they believe was not their fault, consider talking to an experienced Portland accident attorney or reading 7 Common Mistakes That Can Wreck Your Oregon Accident Case, which can answer the most common questions people have after a car accident.


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.

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