Grants Pass Crash Kills Man and Injures 2
Date: November 14, 2014
Location: Grants Pass
Names: Alexander C. Vidlak, Annmarie E. Sanchez & Chandra L. Tamraz
On Friday evening a single car crash left one man dead and two women were sent to the hospital.
A 1991 Mazda left the road and hit a tree on the Grants Pass parkway near the South Y interchange.
The driver, Annmarie E. Sanchez, 21, and passenger Chandra L. Tamraz, 20, were injured and taken to the hospital. The other passenger Alexander C. Vidlak, 21, died of his injuries and was riding in the front seat.
The cause of the crash remains under investigation.
We extend our condolences to the family and friends of Alexander C. Vidlak and wish Annmarie E. Sanchez and Chandra L. Tamraz a full and speedy recovery.
Oregon wrongful death claims are allowed under ORS 30.010-30.100. But the law is much more complicated than a normal accident case. First of all, the statute of limitations (time limit on filing a claim) is different. For most car accidents, the SOL is 2 years, but for wrongful death, the SOL is “three years after the injury causing the death . . . is discovered or reasonably should have been discovered. . . .” In other words, it’s not three years from the date of death; it’s three years from the date of the original injury that ultimately caused the death.
Additionally, there are limits on who can bring a wrongful death claim. The most common claimants are:
- Children (including stepchildren)
- Parents (including stepparents)
Less common claimants include:
In a wrongful death case, you can ask for compensation for several types of damages as well.
Compensatory damages include.
- Charges for medical services;
- Charges for burial and memorial services;
- Compensation that the decedent would have been entitled to for disability, pain, suffering and loss of income during the period between injury and death;
- Compensation for “pecuniary loss” to the decedent’s estate;
- Compensation for the loss of the decedent’s “society, companionship and services” to the decedent’s spouse, children, stepchildren, stepparents, and parents;
Punitive damages are allowed as well, but are rare in Oregon since the State takes 70% of punitive damages awarded. If you have lost a loved one, call a Portland wrongful death attorney for help in securing the compensation you deserve.
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