Two Killed in Oregon 99W crash near Junction City
Date: January 29, 2015
Location: Oregon 99W near Junction City
Names: Brandon J. Foster, Danielle M. Roberts, Jacob W. Harper Leonard, Rodney L. Koffler
Early Thursday morning a three-vehicle crash on Oregon 99W near Junction city resulted in two deaths and one serious injured.
A 1991 Ford Explorer headed northbound, crossed the center median and collided head-on with a Honda CR-V, which was then hit by a 2010 Kenworth log truck.
A passenger in the Explorer, Brandon J. Foster, 25, of Junction City and the CR-V driver, Danielle M. Roberts, 25, of Springfield, both died at the scene.
The driver of the Explorer, Jacob W. Harper Leonard, 29, was taken to River Bend Hospital with serious injuries.
The log truck driver, Rodney L. Koffler, 37, was not injured.
We extend our condolences to the family and friends of Brandon J. Foster and Danielle M. Roberts. We wish Jacob W. Harper Leonard a full and speedy recovery.
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:
- Children (including stepchildren)
- Parents (including stepparents)
Less common claimants include:
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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