7 People Sent to Hospital After SE Portland Crash
Date: April 19, 2014
Location: SE 139th Avenue and SE Stark St., SE Portland
Name: Not Named
Police report that a pickup truck driver might have been intoxicated when he collided with a mini-van. The accident occurred at around 9:40 pm, at the intersection of SE 139th Avenue and SE Stark Street. The specific details of the collision are not yet know, but it appears that the driver of the pickup violated the right of way and then t-boned the mini-van as it was passing though the intersection. The crash was reported to be so loud; it woke up residents of the neighborhood.
A family of seven people, including an infant, had to be taken to an area hospital for treatment. Their conditions are not known and their names were not released.
The driver of the pickup, whose name has also not been released, was reported to admit to drinking prior to the crash to a police officer on scene. It is likely that the driver will be charged with driving while intoxicated in relation to this accident. No arrests have been reported yet.
We would like to express our best wishes to the members of this family who were injured by another’s negligence. We hope no one was seriously hurt and our thoughts are with you as you all recover.
Drunken driving accidents are tragedies that affect not only the victim, but often the victim’s family and friends as well. These cases are also legally complex and can face very strict time limits (as little as 180 days).
If you have been a victim of a drunk driving accident, you may be able to get compensation in a few ways:
You may be able to file a claim with the auto insurance of the at-fault driver.
You may be able to file a claim with your own insurance (if their insurance does not cover all your damages, it was a hit-and-run crash, or they do not have insurance).
You may be able to file a claim against the establishment or person that supplied the alcohol to the drunk driver through a Dram Shop Notice.
A Dram Shop Notice allows you to hold responsible whoever served and continued to serve alcohol to the drunk driver after they were visibly intoxicated, or whoever served alcohol to someone who is underage. This could be a bar, nightclub, restaurant, or whoever supplied the alcohol.
These establishments are required to properly train and incentivize their employees to act in accordance with the OLCC’s guidelines regarding intoxicated drinkers. They should not be allowed to do otherwise. A Dram Shop Notice is a special letter that tells the establishment that they are being held accountable for failing to follow these guidelines.
But if the proper establishment does not receive the Dram Shop Notice within 180 days, the claim may be forever lost. This very tight time limit destroys many otherwise valid claims. Let an Oregon injury attorney who is familiar with the law regarding drunk driving accidents help you through this difficult time, and get you on your way to recovery.