Roseburg Woman Killed in Collision on Oregon 42

Date: May 1, 2015

Location: Oregon 42

Name: Nikki Alexander, Jacob Pederson

Roseburg Woman Killed in Collision on Oregon 42

Friday morning a woman died in a two-car collision on Oregon 42 and Carnes Road east of Winston.

A 1993 Nissan Sentra crashed into a 2007 Chevrolet pickup and the Sentra spun around and came to a stop in the intersection while the pickup went off the highway into a ditch.

The Nissan driver, Nikki Alexander, 31, was pronounced dead at Mercy Medical Center in Roseburg.  The Chevrolet driver, Jacob Pederson, 23, has minor injuries.  Both drivers were wearing seat belts.

State Troopers believe Alexander’s vehicle entered the intersection against a red light.

We extend our condolences to the family and friends of Nikki Alexander and wish Jacob Pederson 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.

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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 May 4, 2015, in Automobile Accidents, Car Accidents, Oregon Car Accidents, personal injury and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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