Couple Injured in Crash After Hitting Dead Bear on I-84
Date: October 11, 2014
Location: Interstate 84
Names: Bret Cartwright
Saturday night around 11pm, a husband and wife were injured in a rollover crash after their car hit a dead bear on I 84 eastbound.
The driver, Bret Cartwright, 25, was heading eastbound with his wife, 1-year-old daughter and family dog when they saw plastic vehicle parts in the lane. Cartwright changed lanes to avoid hitting the vehicle parts but instead hit a dead bear next to them and rolled into the center median.
Cartwright and his wife suffered minor injuries and their baby daughter was not hurt. The family’s dog died at the scene.
Car accidents can be life-changing, and we hope the Cartwright family is able to fully recover soon.
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.
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