OSP Conducting Fatal Crash Investigation East Of McMinnville – Yamhill County
On May 4, 2016 at about 9PM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a two vehicle head-on crash on Highway 99W near milepost 34 (just east of McMinnville).
Initial reports indicate two vehicles were involved with one confirmed fatality. Three people were taken to area hospitals for treatment. Highway 99W is closed to allow the investigation to be conducted. Visit tripcheck.com for road status updates.
This is a preliminary release. More information will be released as it becomes available.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of those involved in this accident. This was a terrible accident, and we hope everyone involved in the crash knows that there are thinking of their families and the life lost.
One of the most difficult parts of an accident like this is the fact that there will be immediate bills that will need to be taken care of in a timely manner. The period after an accident like this can be a very confusing and challenging time especially when friends and family may be involved. We feel fortunate to be able to provide victims of these types of accidents with resources that help navigate these challenging and trying times. We hope these resources help answer some of the difficult questions you have after an accident and how mounting medical bills or a wrongful death can be addressed.
This is a sensitive time for all those involved but it is important to remember that the lives of those left behind must be protected to the fullest extent of the law.
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:
- Children (including stepchildren)
- Parents (including stepparents)
Less common claimants include:
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.
Posted on May 4, 2016, in Portland personal injury attorneys and tagged car accident, car crash, head-on collision, head-on crash, highway 99, McMinville, wrongful death. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.