Deadly Car Crash East of Sisters on Highway 20 Kills Man

Date: December 11, 2014

Location: Highway 20 near Sisters

Names: Chris P. Dahl, Daniel Showen

Deadly Car Crash East of Sisters on Highway 20 Kills Man

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Thursday morning a man was found dead in the wreckage of a car down a steep embankment off Highway 20 east of Sisters.

The vehicle was possibly involved in two hit-and-run crashes earlier.

A Yamhill County deputy saw a black 2000 Nissan Maxima on its side 100 feet down a steep embankment on Highway 20. When he went down to look at the car he found driver, Chris P. Dahl, of Camp Sherman, dead beneath it.

Dahl was not wearing a seatbelt and was thrown from the car.

The Nissan left the road, went airborne and tumbled down a steep embankment with debris scattered around.

On Wednesday evening a rear-end hit-and-run was reported on Highway 20 in Sisters. A red 2003 Chrysler van driven by Daniel Showen, 26, was hit from behind by a Nissan Maxima.

Showen was able to get the license plate number and called 911 to report the incident.

We hope Daniel Showen is able to recover from this accident and we extend our condolences to the family and friends of Chris P. Dahl. Remember, hit and run drivers can be punished in both criminal and civil cases.

According to Oregon law (ORS 811.705), drivers are required to remain at the scene if anyone is injured. If a driver does not do this, they can have criminal charges brought against them once they are found.

We encourage anyone who has witnessed a hit and run to come forward with information! You can call our office and we will ensure that your identity is protected, and the information is sent to the right person. If you feel more comfortable calling a hotline, DuBois Law Group LLC sponsors the Hit and Run Reward program that gives financial incentives for reluctant witnesses to come forward after hit and run incidents. Remember, you are helping the person who was hit and you helping protect our streets from drivers who do not obey the laws.

In cases like this, the hit and run driver can also have a civil lawsuit brought against them for all damages to the injury victim. Anyone injured by a hit and run driver has the right to seek legal recourse for injuries and damages to property. This compensation can come from the at-fault driver’s insurance or any personal assets they have.

In many cases, the hit and run driver left the scene because:

  • They did not have insurance.
  • They were driving intoxicated.

If the driver was driving intoxicated, you may still be able to file a claim with their insurance company, if you can identify the driver.

If you cannot find the driver, however, OR they do not have insurance, you can still file a claim through your own uninsured motorist (UIM) coverage on your own auto policy.

We understand that this is a complicated process, and we recommend discussing your case with a Portland hit and run accident attorney who offers free consultations if you have any questions.

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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 17, 2014, in Automobile Accidents, Car Accidents, Hit and Run, Oregon Car Accidents, personal injury and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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