Independence Crash Kills One, Injures Five
Date: April 17, 2014
Location: Stryker Road, Independence
Name: Not Named
A Thursday night crash killed a woman and injured 5 obj The accident occurred around 4:55 pm when a vehicle was hit as it was coming out of a parking lot near Stinson Street on Stryker Road. The car was hit by a Dodge Durango that was driving northbound.
The driver of the car, and unnamed 18-year-old woman, died at the scene of the accident. In her vehicle were a woman and an 8-year-old boy. The woman suffered minor injuries, while the 8-year-old boy suffered critical injuries. In the Dodge, the driver suffered non-life threatening injuries, and two passengers were taken to the hospital for minor treatment.
At this time, the accident is under investigation. No citations were issued or arrests made, and seat belt use was not mentioned by authorities. It is unknown why the car pulled into the path of the Dodge Durango.
Our deepest sympathies go out to the family and friends of the 18-year-old woman who died so tragically young in this accident. Our thoughts are with you as you grieve for your loss. In addition, we would like to wish the parties injured in the accident fast and full recoveries.
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.