Two Women Die in Fatal Linn County Crash
Date: July 19, 2015
Location: Spicer Drive and Kennel Road
Names: Janice Elaine Kummer, Bradley Car Creager, Holly Creager
Sunday afternoon two Linn County women died in a double-fatal crash at the intersection of Spicer Drive and Kennel Road east of Albany.
Janice Elaine Kummer, of Lebanon, was heading north on Kennel Road when she failed to stop at a stop sign and crashed into an SUV.
The SUV was driven by Bradley Creager, of Albany, and his wife Holly Creager was in the passenger seat.
Kummer and Holly Creager were both pronounced dead at the scene.
Everyone was wearing a seat belt and it seems excessive speed and alcohol are not factors.
We extend our condolences to the family and friends of Holly Creager and Janice Elaine Kummer.
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.
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