Vancouver Man Hit & Killed While Chaining Up Semi-Truck on I-84

Date: January 31, 2016

Location: Interstate 84

Names: Igor Nikolaychuk

According to Lt. Cari Boyd with Oregon State Patrol, Igor Nikolaychuk 50 was struck by an out-of-control car on I-84. Igor was chaining up the left side of his semi-truck when a Cadillac driven by an unidentified 21-year-old woman from Idaho slid on an icy patch and slammed into him. Igor was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the Cadillac remained at the scene of the accident and was fully cooperative with Oregon State Patrol officers.

Semi-Truck winter driving

At the time of the incident the roads were icy, the visibility was impeded by fog and the Cadillac lost control sliding into Igor Nikolaychuk. Investigators sited that the Cadillac was traveling westbound on I-84 when it hit a patch of ice and slid into Nikolaychuk, pushing him underneath the trailer and killing him. The driver of the car was not seriously injured and no citations were issued.

The accident occurred at 8:30am on January 31st, 2016 near North Powder, Oregon.

We extend our condolences to the family and friends of Igor Nikolaychuk.

Oregon wrongful death claims are allowed under ORS 30.020, 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.

Posted on February 3, 2016, in Portland personal injury attorneys, Wrongful Death and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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