Woman and Young Child Killed in Car Crash near Eugene

Date: September 8, 2015

Location: Oregon 99W

Names: Amanda D. Wall, Cory A. Wall, Randall G. Likens

Woman and Young Child Killed in Car Crash near Eugene

Tuesday evening a Eugene woman and 2-year-old boy were killed in a collision on Oregon 99W north of Junction City.

A southbound Kenworth truck towing a box trailer drifted off the Highway and then back onto the road and crossed the center line. The truck collided head-on with a Ford pickup truck.

Passengers of the pickup truck, Amanda D. Wall, 28, of Eugene, and a 2-year-old boy were killed in the crash.

The pickup was driven by Cory A. Wall, of Eugene, and the fourth passenger was a 3-year-old boy. The condition of them is unknown.

Randall G. Likens, 56, of Chesire, was driving the Kenworth truck and was taken to a local hospital with minor injuries.

We extend our condolences to the family and friends of Amanda D. Wall and the young boy.  We wish everyone else involved 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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