Pedestrian Killed in Corvallis Traffic Collision

Date: January 11, 2015

Location: Oregon 99W

Name: John Edward McCrummen, Ronald Reed, Marilyn Sanchez

Pedestrian Killed in Corvallis Traffic Collision

Sunday evening an accident on the 1800 block of Highway 99W in Corvallis left one pedestrian dead.

John Edward McCrummen, 50, of Oklahoma, was walking when a pickup truck skidded off the street and hit him.  McCrummen died at the scene.

The vehicle involved, driven by 61-year-old Ronald Reed, of Albany, was found upside down in an embankment on the side of the highway.  Reed and his passenger, 68-year-old Marilyn Sanchez were taken to the hospital with injuries.

It was a rainy evening and McCrummen was wearing dark clothes and carrying a black bag.

We extend our condolences to the family and friends of John Edward McCrummen.

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 January 12, 2015, in Automobile Accidents, Car Accidents, Oregon Car Accidents, Pedestrian Accidents, personal injury, Wrongful Death and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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