Two Killed in Three-vehicle Crash near Albany

Date: November 29, 2014

Location: Highway 20 east of Albany

Names: Elizabeth M. Maye, Amanda K. Maye-Strawn, Isaiah Z. Kaneaster

Two Killed in Three-vehicle Crash near Albany

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Two women from St. Helens were killed Friday in a three-car crash just east of Albany on Highway 20.

Around 6:30pm a 2013 Nissan Versa came to a stop or slowed to make a left turn onto Goldfish Farm Road from Highway 20. The Nissan was struck from behind by a 1998 Dodge pickup and then hit head-on by a 2003 Honda Odyssey.

Elizabeth M. Maye, 45, and Amanda J. Maye-Strawn, 42, were in the Nissan and pronounced dead at the scene.

Isaiah Z. Kaneaster, 18, of Scio, was driving the Dodge and was not injured.

The driver of the Honda was not injured but three of the van’s passengers were taken to the hospital for treatment.

Seat belts were in use for all involved but the investigation still continues.

We extend our condolences to the family and friends of Elizabeth & Amanda and wish everyone else 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:

  • Spouses
  • Children (including stepchildren)
  • Parents (including stepparents)

Less common claimants include:

  • Grandchildren
  • Siblings
  • Grandparents

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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About Sean DuBois

Sean is a personal injury attorney in Portland, OR. He has been recognized by Super Lawyers Magazine as Oregon Rising Stars for the past four years because of his dedication to justice and fair compensation for his clients. If you need to speak with a lawyer about your injury case, Sean can be reached at 503-222-4411.

Posted on December 1, 2014, in Automobile Accidents, Car Accidents, Oregon Car Accidents, personal injury, Wrongful Death and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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