One Dead in Yamhill County Crash

Date: November 28, 2015

Location: Burns Road

Names: Maria Edith Naranjo Chavez, Jose Manuel Acevedo

One Dead in Yamhill County Crash

Saturday afternoon, a woman passenger was killed in a single-car crash in Whiteson.

A 996 Chevrolet Cavalier was heading north on Burns Road when the driver lost control near the intersection with Brown Road and rolled over into the ditch.

Passenger, Maria Edith Naranjo Chavez, 48, of McMinnville, was killed in the crash.

The driver, Jose Manuel Acevedo, 42, of McMinnville, was arrested.

Police believe speed and alcohol were factors in the crash.

We extend our condolences to the family and friends of Maria Edith Naranjo Chavez.

If you were hurt by a drunk driver, special time limits may apply for filing a claim.

Under ORS 471.565, you can sue the establishment that served the drunk driver alcohol (assuming there was one) by filing a Dram Shop Notice within 180 days. This is only for injury cases, as wrongful death cases have a separate time limit.

A Dram Shop Notice is a special letter that tells the establishment or person who served the alcohol that a claim for damages is being made against the establishment, a description of the time, place, and circumstances giving rise to the claim, and the name and mailing address for the person making the claim. If the drunk driving led not just to an injury, but death, then you have a year instead of 180 days. A Dram Shop Notice will hold a bar owner responsible for not training employees according to the OLCC’s guidelines regarding intoxicated drinkers.

If the drunk driver was not at a bar or other business that serves alcohol before the crash, there is still the possibility of filing a claim through auto insurance. In many cases, the drunk driver will also be punished in a criminal court. Although being found guilty for criminal charges can increase the likelihood of a civil personal injury case succeeding, you may still need the help of a drunk driving accident injury lawyer to deal with adjusters and use all the evidence correctly.

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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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