Couple Pulled from Burning Car after Highway 18 Crash

Date: August 12, 2015

Location: Highway 18

Names: Paul Dolan

Couple Pulled from Burning Car after Highway 18 Crash

On Wednesday a husband and wife were pulled by witnesses from their burning vehicle along Highway 18 east of Willamina.

Paul Dolan, 80, and his wife were heading east on the highway when they swerved to avoid hitting a vehicle waiting to turn onto Pittman Road.

Dolan overcorrected and drove down a 25-foot embankment and the vehicle rolled onto its top and caught fire.

Witnesses saw the crash and stopped to help pull the couple out of the burning vehicle before flames consumed the entire vehicle.

The Dolans suffered minor injuries.

Car accidents can be life-changing, and we hope the Dolan’s are 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.

Posted on August 14, 2015, in Automobile Accidents, Car Accidents, personal injury, rollovers and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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