Two Bend Women Died in Sunday Collision

Date: November 30, 2014

Location: Murphy Road & Brosterhous Road, Bend

Names: Erica Lynn Blackwell & Carla Jean Conners

Two Bend Women Died in Sunday Collision

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On Sunday morning a speeding car driven by a Bend woman failed to stop at a stop sign and crashed into an SUV at a southeast Bend intersection.

Erica Lynn Blackwell, 41, was driving a silver four-door 2006 Mercedes at a high rate of speed on Murphy Road when she failed to stop at the stop sign for Brosterhous Road.

Blackwell’s car struck the driver’s side of a silver 2011 Nissan SUV that was heading north on Brosterhous Road.

Carla Jean Conners, 55, the driver of the Nissan, and Blackwell died at scene of the crash.

We extend our condolences to the family and friends of Carla Jean Conners and Erica Lynn Blackwell.

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 2, 2014, in Car Accidents, Oregon Car Accidents, speeding, Wrongful Death and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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