20-Year-Old Woman Killed in Otter Creek Crash

Date: February 23, 2014
Location: Otter Creek, Oregon
Name: Bianca Bepler

A 20-year-old woman died of drowning after her vehicle fell into Otter Creek in Oregon on Sunday.

According to reports, Bianca Bepler, a student at Eastern Michigan University, was found dead in her vehicle in Otter Creek. Police believe that speed might have caused the vehicle to hit the guardrail and fall upside down into the creek.

They have determined that Bepler was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident and was not speaking on the phone. They believe she was going at 60 mph on a 35 mph road. Police continue to investigate the accident to determine if Bepler was pressing the gas pedal at the time of the accident, if she was asleep on the wheel, or if the car had some fault that lead to the accident.

We extend our sympathies to the family and friends of Bepler at this tragic time.

Our hearts and sincere condolences go out to the friends and family of Bepler during this challenging and tragic time.

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.

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.


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 March 6, 2014, in Car Accidents, Portland personal injury attorneys, Wrongful Death and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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