Man Dies in Highway 207 Fatal Crash
Date: April 22, 2015
Location: Highway 207
Names: Neal Reau, Theodore Bither
A man died last Wednesday in a head-on crash north of Lexington on Highway 207 in Morrow County.
A Honda Fit was headed southbound when it crossed into the northbound lanes and sideswiped a 2009 Chevrolet pickup towing a heavy flatbed trailer.
The driver of the Honda, Neal Reau, 35, of Richland, died at the scene.
Theodore Bither, 44, of Echo, was driving the pickup and was transported to the hospital in Heppner with minor injuries.
We extend our condolences to the family and friends of Neal Reau and wish Theodore Bither 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:
- 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 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.
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