Names of Victims in Fatal Single Car Accident in Molalla Released


(Bonham family/Kim Merklin)

Date: March 4, 2016

Location: Mollala, Ore.

Victims: Douglas Bonham & Matthew Albrecht

Update Sunday, March 6: Victims of fatal single car accident in Molalla have been released.

Two people died in a single-car accident on Friday March 4th in Mololla, Oregon. The Clackamas County Sheriff’s office has released the names of both victims. Douglas Bonhan, 30, a teacher at Silverton’s Bethany Charter School and Matthew Albrecht, 16 who Bonham had mentored for years. Albrecht was a passenger in the 2005 Honda Accord.

The accident was discovered by another motorist at approximately 7:15 p.m. Friday at the 32000 block of S. Palmer Road, according to Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office.

Our condolences go out to the families and friends of Matthew Albrecht and Douglas Bonham. Bonham is survived by two young children and his wife. A GoFundMe page has been setup for Bonham’s family, please take a moment to visit their page.

When accidents like this happen it is important that you protect the rights of those who lost their life and their family.

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 March 9, 2016, in Car Accidents, Oregon Car Accidents, Portland personal injury attorneys, Wrongful Death and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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