Two Killed in Roseburg Head-on Crash

Date: June 22, 2015

Location: Melrose Road

Names: James Rammage, Diane Rammage, Kyle Augustine

Two Killed in Roseburg Head-on Crash

Monday evening, a head-on collision killed two people in Roseburg.

A pickup truck heading east on Melrose Road struck a car head-on, causing both vehicles to end up in the ditch on the side of the road.

Roseburg residents James and Diane Rammage, both 63, were in the car and died on impact.

The pickup truck driver, Kyle Augustine, 35, of Roseburg, may have been under the influence of alcohol. Augustine was flown to Sacred Heart RiverBend in Eugene with serious injuries. Two passengers of the pickup, both minors, were taken to Mercy Medical Center with minor injuries.

We extend our condolences to the family and friends of James and Diane Rammage and wish everyone else involved in the crash 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.

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