Woman Seriously Injured when Car Hits her after Bar Brawl in North Portland

Date: May 17, 2015

Location: North Russell Street

Name: Avery Camacho

Woman Seriously Injured when Car Hits her after Bar Brawl in North Portland

On Sunday, Avery Camacho, 27, left a bar fight at McMennamins White Eagle Saloon on North Russell Street.

Camacho drunkenly drove away with a female passenger and crashed into sign post a block away.

The woman got out of the car and when Camacho put the car in reverse he knocked her over, ran over another person’s foot and struck her with the open car door.

The woman, 29, suffered a significant head injury.

Camacho was taken to the hospital and charged with second, third and fourth degree assault, driving under the influence of intoxicants and reckless endangerment.

We wish the woman a full and speedy recovery.

If you were hurt by a drunk driver, special time limits may apply for filing a claim.

Under ORS 471.565, you can sue the establishment that served the drunk driver alcohol (assuming there was one) by filing a Dram Shop Notice within 180 days. This is only for injury cases, as wrongful death cases have a separate time limit.

A Dram Shop Notice is a special letter that tells the establishment or person who served the alcohol that a claim for damages is being made against the establishment, a description of the time, place, and circumstances giving rise to the claim, and the name and mailing address for the person making the claim. If the drunk driving led not just to an injury, but death, then you have a year instead of 180 days. A Dram Shop Notice will hold a bar owner responsible for not training employees according to the OLCC’s guidelines regarding intoxicated drinkers.

If the drunk driver was not at a bar or other business that serves alcohol before the crash, there is still the possibility of filing a claim through auto insurance. In many cases, the drunk driver will also be punished in a criminal court. Although being found guilty for criminal charges can increase the likelihood of a civil personal injury case succeeding, you may still need the help of a drunk driving accident injury lawyer to deal with adjusters and use all the evidence correctly.


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.

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