Man Killed in Motorcycle Accident on SE Powell Blvd
Date: August 7, 2014
Location: Southeast Powell Blvd., Portland
Name: Edward Paul Reis
Police report that Edward Paul Reis, 27, of South Carolina was riding westbound along Southeast Powell Boulevard. He was with a group of other motorcyclists. As he reached Southeast Seventh Ave, he applied his brakes to make a U-turn. Unfortunately, he was hit from behind by a motorcycle driven by Jeremiah Lee Kloss. Reis was then thrown from his motorcycle, into oncoming traffic, where he was hit by a 2001 Jeep Wrangler driven by Charles Surfus, 56.
First responders arrived to find several bystanders attempting to revive Reis by CPR. Their attempts were unsuccessful and Reis was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.
All the parties involved in the accident were cooperative and drugs and alcohol were not suspected as factors in the crash. No arrests were made or citations issued and the accident is under investigation.
We would like to express our deepest sympathies to the people who lost Edward Paul Reis in this tragic event. We are sure this is a very difficult time for his friends and family and our thoughts are with you all.
We are painfully reminded by this incident of the extremely high fatality rate in motorcycle accidents, whether they are a single- or multiple-vehicle collisions. While we should always be aware and careful when driving a car, we must redouble our efforts when motorcycles are near, because hitting one can be disastrous.
Figuring out what to do after the loss of a loved one can be overwhelming. Determining if there are legal steps to be taken, or there is a claim to be filed can seem like an insurmountable task.
The first step in wrongful death claims (the legal term for fatal accident cases) is preserving evidence. If you feel you cannot face this, we suggest hiring an Oregon wrongful death attorney for help. Most will assist you in investigating the crash for free, until you are emotionally able to make a decision regarding representation.
An attorney would be able to discuss with you the particulars of the accident and possibility of bringing a wrongful death claim. This claim could help pay for any medical bills, funeral arrangements, loss of wages, pain and suffering, and offer compensation to their spouse or children.
Contact a Portland personal injury attorney as soon as possible to be sure that you can file your claim within the very strict time limits that apply to these types of claims, which can be as soon as one year for fatal accident cases. 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.