Teen Dies on Motocross Track after Collision with Truck

Date: March 7, 2015

Location: Toutle, Washington

Name: Dylan Bunnell, Anthony Hamilton Jr.

Teen Dies on Motocross Track after Collision with Truck

One teen was killed and the other injured Saturday afternoon when their motorcycles crashed into a water truck on a track in Washington.

Dylan Bunnell, 17, of Mulino, and his friend Anthony Hamilton Jr., 14, of Dundee, were on the Riverdale Raceway motocross track east of Toutle, Washington. They did not realize the course was temporarily closed due to a water truck out on the track spraying down the dirt. They did not see the truck on the other side of a large hill and collided with truck as they rode over it.

Bunnell died at the scene and Hamilton was taken to the hospital.

Both teens were wearing protective gear at the time of the crash.

The truck driver was not injured during the accident.

We extend our condolences to the family and friends of Dylan Bunnell and wish Andrew Hamilton Jr. 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 (SOL)(time limit on filing a claim) is different. For most car accidents, the SOL is two years, but for wrongful death, the SOL is “three years after the injury causing the death . . . is discovered or reasonably should have been discovered. . . .”

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 such as:

  • Charges for medical services;
  • Charges for burial and memorial services;
  • Compensation that the decedent would have been entitled to for disability, pain and 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.


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 March 11, 2015, in Injuries to Children and Minors, Motorcycle Accident, personal injury, Wrongful Death and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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