Fatal Crash on Oregon 99W near Lafayette Under Investigation

Date: August 21, 2015

Location: Oregon 99W

Names: Fernando Lopez, David Logsdon, Diane Logsdon

Fatal Crash on Oregon 99W near Lafayette Under Investigation

On Friday a man died in a fatal two-vehicle crash on Oregon 99W north of Lafayette.

A 1990 Ford Crown Victoria was headed northbound on the highway when it collided with the driver’s side of a 2000 Acura Integra. The Integra was merging onto the highway from Southeast Locks Loop Road.

The driver of the Integra, Fernando Lopez, 21, of McMinnville, died from the crash.

David Logsdon, 60, of McMinnville, the Ford driver, and passenger Diane Logsdon, 60, of McMinnville, were both taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

We extend our condolences to the family and friends of Fernando Lopez and wish the Logsdon’s 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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