Driver Injured in Highway 26 Seafood Waste Crash

Date: June 22, 2014
Location: US 26, near milepost 35, Coast Range
Name: Daniel Gallagher

A 65-year-old driver of a compressed seafood waste truck was injured on Highway 26 on Sunday when it veered off the road and hit some trees.

Oregon police have said that Daniel Gallagher, who was driving the truck at the time of the accident sustained serious but non life-threatening injuries. He was taken to OSHU for treatment. He had veered to the right shoulder of the road and hit a stand of trees. Gallagher was taken by ambulance before being transferred to LifeFlight for the last leg of the trip to OSHU.

The highway was closed for several hours while the police and other departments cleaned it of the 40,000 pounds of compressed seafood waste spilled.

The actual cause of the accident has not yet been determined.

We extend our sympathies to the injured man and hope he recovers completely and quickly.

We understand the life-altering effects of a motor vehicle collision, and we wish Gallagher a complete and speedy recovery.

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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