One Dead, Three Injured in Deschutes County Crash

Date: December 12, 2015

Location: U.S. 97

Names: David D. Taylor, Amanda F. Porter, Dennis M. Woods

One Dead, Three Injured in Deschutes County Crash

Saturday evening a La Pine man was killed and three others were injured after a semitrailer collided with a pickup on Highway 97 near Sunriver.

Dennis M. Woods, 30, of Sacramento, California, was headed south on Highway 97 in a 2015 Freightliner when he lost control on the icy roadway, crossed into the northbound lanes and struck a 1993 Ford F350 head-on.

The Ford driver, David D. Taylor, 30, was pronounced dead at the scene. Passenger, Amanda F. Porter, 23, and a 7-year-old boy were both taken to the hospital with non life-threatening injuries.

Woods was also taken to the hospital and was cited for failing to drive within his lane.

We extend our condolences to the family and friends of David D. Taylor and 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.


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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