Five Injured in I-5 Rollover Crash near Ridgefield

Date: July 9, 2015

Location: Interstate 5

Names: Thomas W. Austin, Trisha L. Austin, Emily E. Austin, Justin A. Gillen, Alyssa I. Wilson

Five Injured in I-5 Rollover Crash near Ridgefield

Thursday afternoon an SUV rolled several times on Interstate 5 near Ridgefield, Washington, injuring all five occupants.

A 1994 Chevrolet Suburban was heading south on I-5 when it blew a rear tire. The driver, Thomas W. Austin, 53, of Kelso attempted to move to the shoulder but lost control and the vehicle rolled several times before stopping in the median.

Passenger Trisha L. Austin, 46, was listed in critical condition and Emily E. Austin, 20, was in stable condition at PeaceHealth in Vancouver. Thomas Austin, Justin A. Gillen, 23, and Alyssa I. Wilson, 25, were all treated for injuries and released.

All five occupants were wearing their seat belts.

Car accidents can be life-changing, and we hope everyone involved in the crash is able to fully recover soon.

While many single-car accidents seem uncomplicated, there are sometimes other factors to consider. If you have been injured in a single- car accident, like the one described here, you may be able to receive compensation in several instances:

  1. If poor road conditions, poor signage, or bad traffic control contributed to the accident, there may be a lawsuit available against the city, county, or state. In cases against a public body, you may only have 180 days to file a tort claim notice (in most cases) so act quickly to protect your rights.
  2. If the car’s mechanic was negligent in his last repairs, contributing to the accident, there may be a lawsuit available against the mechanic or his business.
  3. If the car’s manufacturer was negligent, you may be able to file a product liability suit against them. Car manufacturers have often been held accountable for design defects and manufacturing defects, and these lawsuits help ensure that future drivers are not hurt by negligent safety standards.

If you have been injured in a single-car accident that you believe may not have been your fault, you can call a Portland car accident lawyer for help with your investigation at 503-222-4411. Or you can learn more about filing your own claim by reading the book 7 Common Mistakes That Can Wreck Your Oregon Accident Case.


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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