Grants Pass Woman Dies in Fatal Josephine County Crash
Date: June 15, 2015
Location: Azalea Drive
Names: Steven R. Schurpf, Tamera R. Dillard
Monday morning a woman was ejected and killed in a single-vehicle crash in Josephine County.
A Toyota RAV4 failed to negotiate a turn on Azalea drive near the intersection of Ewe Creek Road and went off the road and rolled multiple times.
A passenger, Tamera R. Dillard, 27, was ejected from the vehicle and was pronounced dead at the scene.
The driver, Steven R. Schurpf, 29, of Grants Pass was uninjured and police believe drugs, alcohol and excessive speed were factors in the crash. Schurpf was taken to the Josephine County Jail on charges of manslaughter, DUII and reckless driving.
We extend our condolences to the family and friends of Tamera R. Dillard.
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.
Posted on June 17, 2015, in Car Accidents, Drunk Driving, rollovers, speeding, Wrongful Death and tagged Azalea Road, car accident, car crash, driving under the influence, Drunk Driving, DUII, Ewe Creek Road, grants pass, josephine county, manslaughter, reckless driving, speeding, Steven R. Schurpf, Tamera R. Dillard, wrongful death. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.