Fatal Crash on Highway 26 North of Banks – Washington County

Photo Courtesy of Oregon State Police

Photo Courtesy of Oregon State Police

On May 23, 2016 at about 6:44 a.m., Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a two vehicle crash on Highway 26 near milepost 49 (north of Banks).

Preliminary investigation revealed a 2003 Chevrolet pickup was traveling westbound on Highway 26 when it crossed over the centerline for unknown reasons. The Chevrolet collided head-on with an eastbound 1993 Peterbilt commercial motor vehicle towing a trailer loaded with logs.

The driver of the Chevrolet, Bradley Cole VANDEHEY, age 20, of Hillsboro, was pronounced deceased on scene by emergency personnel. The driver of the truck, Raymond Michael SCOTT, age 32, of Tillamook, was injured and transported to OHSU where he was treated and released.

Contributing factors to the crash are still under investigation.

Highway 26 was closed for over six hours with an established detour. OSP was assisted by the Oregon Department of Transportation, Banks Fire Department and Washington County Sheriff’s Office.

More information will be released when it is 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:

  • 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.

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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 May 23, 2016, in Automobile Accidents, Oregon Car Accidents, Wrongful Death and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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