The Fourth of July Holiday saw a rise in accidents in Oregon, with 3 people passing away due to injuries from accidents over the holiday weekend

Date: July 4th Holiday Weekend
Location: Multiple
Name: Names not released, Seeaira Hicks, Scott Hamlin

The Fourth of July Holiday saw a rise in accidents in Oregon, with 3 people passing away due to injuries from accidents over the holiday weekend.

The first accident occurred on July 5, 2014 in the late evening at around 10 pm. A pickup truck driven by an unnamed 48-year-old Madras man was driving on Northeast Clark Drive near Northeast Dogwood Lane north of Madras. His vehicle then rolled over and he was ejected from the vehicle. He passed away at a local hospital shortly after the crash.

The second occurred on July 6, in the very early morning when 16-year-old Seeaira Hicks of St. Helens rolled her 1993 Subaru on U.S. 30. Hicks died at the scene of the accident, while her passenger, 16-year-old Scott Hamlin, suffered minor injuries in the accident.

The third occurred on July 6 as well, when a unnamed 93-year-old woman died in a roll over crash on Steins Mountain Loop Road in Harney County.

Last year, four people died on Oregon Highways during the 4th of July Holiday weekend. Oregon usually sees a rise in motor vehicle related deaths during the holiday weekend and since 1970 a total of 305 people have died due to motor vehicle accidents during the 4th of July Holiday weekend.

We would like to express our sympathies to the family and friends of all the people who died in roadway accidents this 4th of July holiday as well as use this as an opportunity to remind drivers to operate extra care when driving during these heavy traffic holidays.

Rollover accidents usually happen in one of two ways:

  • When a vehicle, usually with a high center of gravity like SUVs, pickup trucks, and passenger vans, loses its balance and control after a sharp turn
  • When a vehicle “trips” on something: a pothole, soft shoulder, curb or guardrail and topples over

These accidents are especially upsetting because most people believe that cars are designed to be safe: to not to roll over, and to protect the passengers if they do. In some cases, where the accident was clearly caused by poor vehicle design or faulty parts, the manufacturer or distributor may be held liable.

If you or a loved one was involved in a rollover accident caused by a poorly designed vehicle or someone else’s negligence, contact a compassionate Portland rollover attorney to discuss your case. They will start by giving you a free and honest consultation, and can help you recover compensation for your injury, pain and suffering, and wage loss.


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 August 8, 2014, in Car Accidents, Oregon Car Accidents, personal injury, rollovers and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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