Category Archives: Auto Insurance Lawyers

Running Man Dies, Hit By Car

Date: May 4, 2014
Location: Columbia Boulevard, near Portsmouth Avenue, Portland
Name: Not Named

A naked man doing pushups on a Portland road died on Sunday after being hit by a vehicle.

According to police reports, they received a call saying that a naked man was running on the streets of Portland. They received calls that a naked man was doing pushups on the road and had been hit by a vehicle heading west on Columbia Boulevard, near Portsmouth Avenue. He died on the spot. The driver of the vehicle co-operated with the police.

We extend our sympathies to the family and friends of the dead man.

Our hearts and sincere condolences go out to the friends and family of the dead man during this challenging and tragic time.

In these cases the grief of losing a loved one is deepened by the knowledge that their death may have been due to someone else’s negligence. While it is a small consolation, it is possible to file a wrongful death claim under ORS 30.010-30.1000.

The Oregon statute outlines who is entitled to compensation. Spouses, children, and parents are the most common claimants, but under some circumstances, grandchildren, siblings, and grandparents may be able to bring a wrongful death claim as well. A Personal Representative, usually chosen by the family and approved by a judge, must bring the lawsuit for these beneficiaries.

It is important to note that the time limits for filing a wrongful death claims are very complicated and depend entirely on the circumstances. Your time limit (statute of limitations) may be as little as one year, so preserving evidence and seeking legal help in a timely manner can be extremely important to the case.

If you need to speak with a Portland wrongful death attorney, most offer free consultations. Many will also help you investigate the accident for free until you decide what to do about representation. Let them help you navigate this legal process, so that you can grieve without jeopardizing your rights.

If you are looking for more information about wrongful death claims, please order our free guide, Oregon Wrongful Deaths: A Family Guide to the Civil Justice System After the Death of a Loved One.

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Two-Vehicle Crash on I-84 Leaves One Dead

Date: March 9, 2014
Location: I-84, west of the Idaho/Oregon border
Names: Ryan Ronald Rule, Robyn C. King

A 17-year-old driver died and his teen passenger sustained non life-threatening injuries in a two-vehicle crash on the I-84 west of the Idaho/Oregon border on Sunday.

The accident occurred when Ryan Ronald Rule, 17, driving a 2004 Ford F-150 pickup, tried to overtake a 2007 Pontiac Grand Am driven by Jusus A. Ornelas and sideswiped it on the right side. Both the drivers lost control and the pickup rolled over many times while the Pontiac spun before coming to a stop.

Rule was ejected from the pickup and was pronounced dead on the spot while his passenger Robyn C. King, 17, is being treated for non life-threatening injuries. Neither of them was wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident. Police continue to investigate the incident and believe that speed might have contributed to it.

We extend our sympathies to the family and friends of the dead man and hope the injured recovers quickly and completely.

Our hearts and sincere condolences go out to the friends and family of Rule during this challenging and tragic time.

In these cases the grief of losing a loved one is deepened by the knowledge that their death may have been due to someone else’s negligence. While it is a small consolation, it is possible to file a wrongful death claim under ORS 30.010-30.1000.

The Oregon statute outlines who is entitled to compensation. Spouses, children, and parents are the most common claimants, but under some circumstances, grandchildren, siblings, and grandparents may be able to bring a wrongful death claim as well. A Personal Representative, usually chosen by the family and approved by a judge, must bring the lawsuit for these beneficiaries.

It is important to note that the time limits for filing a wrongful death claims are very complicated and depend entirely on the circumstances. Your time limit (statute of limitations) may be as little as one year, so preserving evidence and seeking legal help in a timely manner can be extremely important to the case.

If you need to speak with a Portland wrongful death attorney, most offer free consultations. Many will also help you investigate the accident for free until you decide what to do about representation. Let them help you navigate this legal process, so that you can grieve without jeopardizing your rights.

If you are looking for more information about wrongful death claims, please order our free guide, Oregon Wrongful Deaths: A Family Guide to the Civil Justice System After the Death of a Loved One.

Teenager Killed in Umatilla County Crash

Date: February 20, 2014
Location: Highway 204, Umatilla County
Names: Harrell Phillips, Montana Batterton

Montana Rex Batterton, 19, of Weston, passed away on Tuesday due to injuries sustained in an accident on Thursday, February 20, 2014.

Batterton was involved in a near head on collision with another driver on Oregon 204. Police report that Batterton was operating his 1998 Jeep Cherokee in the eastbound lane when the collision occurred. While specifics of the accident are not available, police report that another vehicle, a Chevrolet Silverado pickup driven by Harrell Phillips, was westbound, but collided with the Batterton’s vehicle in the eastbound lane.

Everyone involved was seriously injured. Batterton initially was taken to Providence St. Mary’s Medical Center in Walla Walla and then later transferred to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. Unfortunately, the injuries were too severe and Batterton passed away several days after the accident. The current conditions of the other parties involved are not known.

Police are still trying to confirm whether or not Batterton was wearing a seatbelt. The other parties were reported to be wearing their seatbelts. The accident is still under investigation.

We would like to express our condolences to the family and friends of Montana Rex Batterton. It is truly tragic to lose someone at such a young age, and our thoughts are with you during this difficult time.

In these cases the grief of losing a loved one is deepened by the knowledge that their death may have been due to someone else’s negligence. While it is a small consolation, it is possible to file a wrongful death claim under ORS 30.010-30.1000.

The Oregon statute outlines who is entitled to compensation. Spouses, children, and parents are the most common claimants, but under some circumstances, grandchildren, siblings, and grandparents may be able to bring a wrongful death claim as well. A Personal Representative, usually chosen by the family and approved by a judge, must bring the lawsuit for these beneficiaries.

It is important to note that the time limits for filing a wrongful death claims are very complicated and depend entirely on the circumstances. Your time limit (statute of limitations) may be as little as one year, so preserving evidence and seeking legal help in a timely manner can be extremely important to the case.

If you need to speak with a Portland wrongful death attorney, most offer free consultations. Many will also help you investigate the accident for free until you decide what to do about representation. Let them help you navigate this legal process, so that you can grieve without jeopardizing your rights.

If you are looking for more information about wrongful death claims, please order our free guide, Oregon Wrongful Deaths: A Family Guide to the Civil Justice System After the Death of a Loved One.

Man Injured After Colliding with Tree On Hwy 22

Date: February 17, 2014
Location: Highway 22E, Salem
Name: Jorge Navarro-Valadez

A man was injured after a downed tree caused a road obstruction on Monday.

Police report that Jorge Navarro-Valadez, 56, of Salem was traveling eastbound on Highway 22E when his 2002 Dodge Caravan collided with a large tree. The tree had fallen in the roadway and was blocking both lanes. Other crashes were reported on the same roadway around the same time, due to heavy rain and winds. One of the largest trees removed was nearly 5 feet in diameter.

Valadez was taken to Salem hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. No other injuries were reported in this particular crash.

The highway had to be blocked for about an hour as workers removed the trees and other debris blocking the lanes. Salem police were assisted by the Marion County Sherriff’s Office, the Marion County Fire District, and the Oregon Department of Transportation.

We would like to wish Jorge Navarro-Valadez a full recovery from his injuries. Our thoughts and best wishes are with him. We would also like to take the opportunity to remind drivers to be extra cautious while driving during bad weather. While winter is drawing to a close, it is still likely that there will be more storms and high winds ahead.

Here in the Pacific Northwest, rain is a part of our every day lives. So much so that we sometimes forget that driving in rainy or icy conditions can be dangerous and lead to catastrophic motor vehicle accidents.

If the accident was “caused” by ice or rain, be sure to investigate. In many cases, the bad weather only contributed to the crash. The at-fault driver’s negligence or improper driving may also have contributed.

If you have been injured in a bad weather crash, investigate whether the other driver might have been negligent. Ask questions:

  1. Was the driver going to fast for conditions?
  2. Was the driver distracted?
  3. Was the driver on the phone?

Each driver needs to be careful to drive slowly and pay more attention during harsh weather conditions. Otherwise, the at-fault driver’s auto insurance company may need to compensate anyone injured in a crash. In Oregon, every driver should have at least $25,000 in liability insurance for crashes like this.

If you were a passenger in a bad weather accident, you can pursue compensation through the liability coverage of your driver’s auto insurance policy or the auto insurance of the other driver in the crash – whichever driver is found to be at-fault should cover your injuries.

If you have questions about how to get compensation after a bad weather accident, please contact a Portland personal injury lawyer.

Pedestrian on I-5 in Roseburg Killed after Being Struck by Semi

Date: January 29, 2014
Location: I-5, near milepost 124, Roseburg
Name: 55-year-old man, unnamed 

One person died after being hit by a Semi on the I-5 in Roseburg on Wednesday.

According to eye witnesses, the 55-year-old man was trying to cross the freeway for some time. While most drivers were able to avoid hitting him, the driver of the 2013 Freightliner Truck and trailer was unable to do so. He stayed behind and is cooperating with the police.

We extend our sympathies to the family and friends of the dead man.

Our hearts and sincere condolences go out to the friends and family of the dead man during this challenging and tragic time.

In these cases the grief of losing a loved one is deepened by the knowledge that their death may have been due to someone else’s negligence. While it is a small consolation, it is possible to file a wrongful death claim under ORS 30.010-30.1000.

The Oregon statute outlines who is entitled to compensation. Spouses, children, and parents are the most common claimants, but under some circumstances, grandchildren, siblings, and grandparents may be able to bring a wrongful death claim as well. A Personal Representative, usually chosen by the family and approved by a judge, must bring the lawsuit for these beneficiaries.

It is important to note that the time limits for filing a wrongful death claims are very complicated and depend entirely on the circumstances. Your time limit (statute of limitations) may be as little as one year, so preserving evidence and seeking legal help in a timely manner can be extremely important to the case.

If you need to speak with a Portland wrongful death attorney, most offer free consultations. Many will also help you investigate the accident for free until you decide what to do about representation. Let them help you navigate this legal process, so that you can grieve without jeopardizing your rights.

If you are looking for more information about wrongful death claims, please order our free guide, Oregon Wrongful Deaths: A Family Guide to the Civil Justice System After the Death of a Loved One.

Driver Lost Control in Snow, Injured Three

Date: January 11, 2014
Location: U.S. 26, Government Camp
Names: Vladimir Voloshchuck, Vasyl Voloshchuck, Bradley Hutchins

A man was critically injured and another 3 individuals suffered injuries in a Saturday afternoon crash on U.S. 26.

Police report that Vladimir Voloshchuck, 64, of Southeast Portland, was westbound in his 1998 Subaru four door sedan. As he was rounding a curve, he lost control on the snow covered highway and slid into the eastbound lane. He then collided head on with a 2004 Chevy pickup driven by Bradley Hutchins, 27, of Madras.

Voloshchuck suffered critical injuries in the accident and was transported to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center. His passenger, Vasyl Voloshchuck, 57, of Southeast Portland, suffered less serious injuries and was transported to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center as well. Hutchins and his female passenger both suffered minor injuries and were treated at the scene.

Police report that all the parties involved were wearing safety belts and the airbags in the vehicles deployed. No citations were issued or arrests made in the accident. No specific cause for the accident was given, but it does appear that weather and the snow covered highway played factors in the crash.

We would like to express our best wishes for a fast and full recovery to all the parties involved in the accident. Our thoughts are with you all.

Here in the Pacific Northwest, rain is a part of our every day lives. So much so that we sometimes forget that driving in rainy or icy conditions can be dangerous and lead to catastrophic motor vehicle accidents.

If the accident was “caused” by ice or rain, be sure to investigate. In many cases, the bad weather only contributed to the crash. The at-fault driver’s negligence or improper driving may also have contributed.

If you have been injured in a bad weather crash, investigate whether the other driver might have been negligent. Ask questions:

  1. Was the driver going to fast for conditions?
  2. Was the driver distracted?
  3. Was the driver on the phone?

Each driver needs to be careful to drive slowly and pay more attention during harsh weather conditions. Otherwise, the at-fault driver’s auto insurance company may need to compensate anyone injured in a crash. In Oregon, every driver should have at least $25,000 in liability insurance for crashes like this.

If you were a passenger in a bad weather accident, you can pursue compensation through the liability coverage of your driver’s auto insurance policy or the auto insurance of the other driver in the crash – whichever driver is found to be at-fault should cover your injuries.

If you have questions about how to get compensation after a bad weather accident, please contact a Portland personal injury lawyer.

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