Beaverton Woman Killed in I-5 Crash near Olympia
Date: July 4, 2015
Location: Interstate 5
Names: Jennifer Barry, Patrick L. Martin
Early Saturday, a Beaverton woman died in a two-car crash on I-5 in Olympia.
Patrick L. Martin, 26, was driving a Chrysler 300 when he veered into the adjacent lane of I-5 where a 2006 Jetta was traveling. The Jetta driver, Jennifer Barry, 43, of Beaverton, lost control of her vehicle, which rolled over into a ditch.
Barry was wearing a seat belt and died at the scene of the crash.
Martin was unhurt and drugs or alcohol may have been factors in the crash.
We extend our condolences to the family and friends of Jennifer Barry.
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 July 8, 2015, in Automobile Accidents, Car Accidents, Wrongful Death and tagged beaverton, car accident, car crash, driving under the influence, I-5, interstate 5, Jennifer Barry, Olympia, Patrick L. Martin, wrongful death. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.