A West Linn teen was killed, and another critically injured, in a June 8th, 2014 crash

Date: June 8, 2014
Location: SW Petes Mountain Road, West Linn
Name: Hayden Soyk, Maddi Higgins

A West Linn teen was killed, and another critically injured, in a Sunday, June 8, 2014 crash.

Police report that Hayden Soyk, 18, was operating his BMW on SW Petes Mountain Road in the early evening on Sunday. His vehicle left the road and struck a power pole.

Both Soyk and his 17-year-old girlfriend, Maddi Higgins, were trapped in the car and crews had to work several hours to pull them both out. Soyk passed away shortly following the accident, while Higgins was taken to a Portland hospital for treatment. She is currently reported to be in critical condition.

Soyk graduated from West Linn High School last year and was currently attending classes at Clackamas Community College. He worked at Sam’s Island Pizza in West Linn. Higgins is a junior at West Linn High School and was also reported to be on a softball team with Soyk’s sister.

Sam’s Island Pizza held a vigil on Monday afternoon to pray for both victims of this crash.

To the family and friends of Hayden Soyk, we would like to express our deepest sympathies and condolences for your loss. Our thoughts are with you at this time. We would also like to wish Maddi Higgins a fast and full recovery following this horrific accident.

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.

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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 June 23, 2014, in Assault Attorneys, Automobile Accidents, Car Accidents, Injuries to Children and Minors, Oregon Car Accidents, Oregon Personal Injury Attorney, Portland car accidents, Portland personal injury attorneys and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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