Man Killed After Being Hit by MAX Train
Date: August 7, 2014
Location: 122nd Street, Portland
Name: Not Released
According to a witness, the man, whose name has not been released, was crossing 122nd Street from north to south. The man was staggering and stumbling and reportedly walked into the train’s path. He tripped on the tracks and then the train hit him and knocked him to the side.
The man, who was believed to have been in his 50s, died at the scene of the accident.
It is unknown if the man was impaired at the time of the accident and it is currently under investigation.
We would like to express our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of the man killed in this terrible accident.
In these cases the grief of losing a loved one is deepened by the knowledge that their death may have been due to someone else’s negligence. While it is a small consolation, it is possible to file a wrongful death claim under ORS 30.010-30.1000.
The Oregon statute outlines who is entitled to compensation. Spouses, children, and parents are the most common claimants, but under some circumstances, grandchildren, siblings, and grandparents may be able to bring a wrongful death claim as well. A Personal Representative, usually chosen by the family and approved by a judge, must bring the lawsuit for these beneficiaries.
It is important to note that the time limits for filing a wrongful death claims are very complicated and depend entirely on the circumstances. Your time limit (statute of limitations) may be as little as one year, so preserving evidence and seeking legal help in a timely manner can be extremely important to the case.
If you need to speak with a Portland wrongful death attorney, most offer free consultations. Many will also help you investigate the accident for free until you decide what to do about representation. Let them help you navigate this legal process, so that you can grieve without jeopardizing your rights.
If you are looking 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.