Tanker Truck Crash by Drunk Driver

Date: December 30, 2014

Location: McKenzie Highway near Walterville

Name: Ray C. Lewis

Tanker Truck Crash by Drunk Driver

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A state employee of the Department of Fish and Wildlife crash a truck Tuesday spilling 11,000 juvenile salmon on the McKenzie Highway near Walterville.

The driver, Ray C. Lewis, 45, of Umpqua, had a blood alcohol level of 0.29%, more than three times the legal limit for driving in Oregon.

Lewis was taken to the hospital with injuries including a broken shoulder.

The crash occurred around 3pm when the tanker truck went off the highway, hit a power pole and ended up on its side in a ditch.

When driving a state owned vehicle using a commercial driver’s license, the legal limit to drive is a blood alcohol level of 0.04 and below.

Car accidents can be life-changing, and we hope Ray C. Lewis is able to fully recover soon.

While many single-car accidents seem uncomplicated, there are sometimes other factors to consider. If you have been injured in a single- car accident, like the one described here, you may be able to receive compensation in several instances:

  1. If poor road conditions, poor signage, or bad traffic control contributed to the accident, there may be a lawsuit available against the city, county, or state. In cases against a public body, you may only have 180 days to file a tort claim notice (in most cases) so act quickly to protect your rights.
  2.  If the car’s mechanic was negligent in his last repairs, contributing to the accident, there may be a lawsuit available against the mechanic or his business.
  3.  If the car’s manufacturer was negligent, you may be able to file a product liability suit against them. Car manufacturers have often been held accountable for design defects and manufacturing defects, and these lawsuits help ensure that future drivers are not hurt by negligent safety standards.

If you have been injured in a single-car accident that you believe may not have been your fault, you can call a Portland car accident lawyer for help with your investigation at 503-222-4411. Or you can learn more about filing your own claim by reading the book 7 Common Mistakes That Can Wreck Your Oregon Accident Case.


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.

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