Interstate 5 Crash Takes Life Of California Man – Jackson County

Photo Courtesy OSP

Photo Courtesy OSP

On April 12, 2016 at about 2:40PM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a single vehicle crash on Interstate 5 southbound milepost 19 (near Ashland).

Preliminary investigation revealed that the operator and sole occupant of the vehicle drove off the roadway, down an embankment and rolled over. The driver, Robert D BUTLER, age 85, of Montague, California, was pronounced deceased at the scene by medical personnel.

OSP is still investigating contributing factor(s) but can confirm BUTLER was not using his safety belt. A number of citizens sopped at the scene prior to emergency personnel arriving. Among them were a commercial truck driver and a male driving a motorhome who left prior to speaking to troopers.

OSP is asking for witnesses of the crash to call 541 664-8365. More information will be released when it becomes available as this is an ongoing investigation.

While many single-car accidents seem uncomplicated, there are sometimes other factors to consider.

  1. If poor road conditions, poor signage, or bad traffic control contributed to the accident, there may be a lawsuit available against the city, county, or state. In cases against a public body, you may only have 180 days to file a tort claim notice (in most cases) so act quickly to protect your rights.
  2. If the car’s mechanic was negligent in his last repairs, contributing to the accident, there may be a lawsuit available against the mechanic or his business.
  3. If the car’s manufacturer was negligent, you may be able to file a product liability suit against them. Car manufacturers have often been held accountable for design defects and manufacturing defects, and these lawsuits help ensure that future drivers are not hurt by negligent safety standards.

If you have been injured or lost a loved on in a single-car accident, you can call a Portland car accident lawyer for help with your investigation at 503-222-4411. Or you can learn more about filing your own claim by reading the book 7 Common Mistakes That Can Wreck Your Oregon Accident Case.


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 April 14, 2016, in Automobile Accidents, Car Accidents and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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