Driver Killed in Fatal Crash near Lebanon
Date: September 1, 2014
Location: Highway 34 west of Lebanon
Around 4 am on Labor Day, a woman died driving eastbound on Highway 34. Her Nissan Pathfinder crossed into oncoming traffic and went into the ditch, fell back on the highway and rolled over. The 27-year-old woman was ejected from the vehicle and died that morning.
This was the fourth fatal traffic crash during Labor Day weekend this year and a total of five people had died so far. Since 1970, Oregon has averaged seven fatalities during Labor Day weekends. The worst crashes were in 1978 when 17 people lost their lives.
Car accidents can be life-changing and we would like to extend our deepest sympathies to the family of the dead woman.
While many single-car accidents seem uncomplicated, there are sometimes other factors to consider. If you have been injured in a single- car accident, like the one described here, you may be able to receive compensation in several instances:
- If poor road conditions, poor signage, or bad traffic control contributed to the accident, there may be a lawsuit available against the city, county, or state. In cases against a public body, you may only have 180 days to file a tort claim notice (in most cases) so act quickly to protect your rights.
- If the car’s mechanic was negligent in his last repairs, contributing to the accident, there may be a lawsuit available against the mechanic or his business.
- If the car’s manufacturer was negligent, you may be able to file a product liability suit against them. Car manufacturers have often been held accountable for design defects and manufacturing defects, and these lawsuits help ensure that future drivers are not hurt by negligent safety standards.
If you have been injured in a single-car accident that you believe may not have been your fault, you can call a Portland car accident lawyer for help with your investigation at 503-222-4411. Or you can learn more about filing your own claim by reading the book 7 Common Mistakes That Can Wreck Your Oregon Accident Case.