Two people killed on Highway 140E Pickup Truck Accident in Klamath Falls

Date: December 28, 2014
Location: Highway 140E in Klamath Falls Oregon
Names: Garrett Zimmer and Marri Young-Wellbaum

Two People Killed and One Injured

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Two people were killed and one injured in a 1 vehicle accident in Klamath Falls Oregon that happened early Sunday morning at approximately 7:40 a.m.

The crash occurred near milepost 3 at Highway 140 East. Reports indicate that a red Ford Ranger was heading West bound when it veered off the road and collided with a road side lamp post and highway sign. The vehicle then rolled over several times before resting in a nearby pasture, Oregon State Police reported.

Garrett Zimmer, 22 of Hermiston, and Marri Young-Wellbaum, 26, were thrown from the vehicle and died at the scene.

The third passenger, Guage Gray, 22, of Klamath Falls, was taken to Sky Lakes Medical Center in Klamath Falls and treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

“Speed, alcohol and icy road conditions are being investigated as contributing factors in the crash,” Officer Brooks of the OSP wrote, adding “none of the occupants in the vehicle were wearing safety restraints.”

We extend our condolences to the family and friends of Garrett Zimmer and Marri Young-Wellbaum.

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 29, 2014, in Automobile Accidents, Car Accidents, Drunk Driving, Oregon Car Accidents, Oregon Personal Injury Attorney, Oregon State Police, rollovers, Wrongful Death and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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