Crash on U.S. 97 south of Bend Kills One Driver

Date: March 26, 2015

Location: Highway 97

Names: Zeke Hacker, Scott Bilbrook, James Harris

Crash on U.S. 97 south of Bend Kills One Driver

Thursday around midnight, a two-vehicle rollover crash south of Bend killed one driver.

A Ford F-350 was driving along U.S. 97 when it rear-ended a Ford Expedition. The force of the crash sent both vehicles off the road, rolling several times and hitting trees along the way.

The driver of the F-350, Zeke Hacker, 76, of Clayton, Washington, died at the scene.

A passenger in the SUV, Scott Bilbrook, 45, was taken to a Bend hospital with non life-threatening injuries. Police did not release the condition of the SUV driver, James Harris, 52, of Bend.

We extend our condolences to the family and friends of Zeke Hacker and wish Scott Bilbrook and everyone else involved 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 27, 2015, in Automobile Accidents, Car Accidents, Oregon Car Accidents, personal injury, rollovers, Wrongful Death and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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