Alleged Drunk Driver Crashes Into NE Portland Home
Date: August 26th, 2014
Location: Northeast Portland
Name: Sarah Ruth Rascoe
Officers tried to pull over a woman whom they believed to be drunk near NE 82nd and Halsey around 3 am.
The driver crashed into a house near 92nd and Eugene after not stopping and losing control of her car. No one inside the home was hurt.
The driver, 33 year-old Sarah Ruth Rascoe, was arrested and faces charges including attempt to elude, DUII, driving while suspended and reckless endangerment.
If you were hurt by a drunk driver, special time limits may apply for filing a claim.
Under ORS 471.565, you can sue the establishment that served the drunk driver alcohol (assuming there was one) by filing a Dram Shop Notice within 180 days. This is only for injury cases, as wrongful death cases have a separate time limit.
A Dram Shop Notice is a special letter that tells the establishment or person who served the alcohol that a claim for damages is being made against the establishment, a description of the time, place, and circumstances giving rise to the claim, and the name and mailing address for the person making the claim. If the drunk driving led to not just an injury, but death, then you have a year instead of 180 days. Basically, a Dram Shop Notice will hold a bar owner responsible for not training employees according to the OLCC’s guidelines regarding intoxicated drinkers.
If the drunk driver was not at a bar or other business that serves alcohol before the crash, there is still the possibility of filing a claim through auto insurance. And in many cases, the drunk driver will also be punished in a criminal court. Although being found guilty for criminal charges can increase the likelihood of a civil personal injury case succeeding, you may still need the help of a drunk driving accident injury lawyer to deal with adjusters and use all the evidence correctly.