Category Archives: Car Accidents

LaPine Woman In Fiery Crash On Highway 58 – Lane County

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Photo Courtesy of Oregon State Police

On May 9th, 2016 at about 6:45AM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a single vehicle crash on Highway 58 near milepost 19 (east of Lowell).

Preliminary investigation reveals a 1995 GMC sport utility was traveling eastbound when it departed the highway and rolled over multiple times. The vehicle caught fire and the driver, Jessie L SHADER, age 24, of LaPine, was able to exit the vehicle before it became fully engulfed.

SHADER was transported to McKenzie Willamette Emergency Room for minor injuries sustained in the crash. OSP was assisted on scene by Oakridge Fire and Rescue, the Oregon Department of Transportation and Union Pacific.

More information will be released when available as the investigation is continuing.

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.

Man Killed In Highway 22 Crash East Of Salem – Marion County

Photo Courtesy Oregon State Patrol

Photo Courtesy Oregon State Patrol

On May 9, 2016 at about 5:50AM, OSP received the report of an eastbound vehicle which could not stay within it’s lane of travel on Highway 22 near milepost 19. The caller reported the vehicle was crossing over the centerline and the back into it’s lane of travel. At approximately 5:54AM, OSP received another call that the vehicle of concern had been involved in a head-on crash on Highway 22 near milepost 20 (just west of Lyons).

Preliminary investigation revealed the vehicle of concern, a 1997 Acura coupe, crossed the centerline and struck a westbound 2000 Chevrolet Blazer head-on. The driver of the Acura, Richard J BEALS, age 21, of Lyons was pronounced deceased on scene.

The driver of the Chevrolet, Jessica M LEMMER, age 36, of Mill City, received serious injuries and was taken to Salem Hospital and then to Oregon Health and Science University by air ambulance. LEMMER’s passenger, Kaitlin MERCER, age 21, of Mill City, was taken to Stayton Hospital for non-life threatening injuries.

Highway 22 was closed for 3 hours with a detour established by the Oregon Department of Transportation. OSP was assisted by Marion County Sheriff’s Office, ODOT, Stayton Fire and Lyons Fire and Rescue.

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.

UPDATE: Speed Racing Suspected As Cause Of Crash That Killed McMinnville Man

Photo Courtesy Oregon State Police

Photo Courtesy Oregon State Police

On May 4, 2016 at about 8:50 PM, OSP Troopers responded to a collision involving two vehicles on Highway 99W near milepost 34 (north of McMinnville).

Initial investigation reveals that a 2010 Mitsubishi Lancer was traveling northbound on Highway 99W when it lost control and spun across the paved center median and struck a southbound 2004 Honda Odyssey van nearly head-on.

The driver of the Mitsubishi, Jeromy G HOPPER, age 24, of McMinnville, was transported to the hospital with serious injuries. HOPPER’s passenger, Natasha FISHER, age 18, of McMinnville was transported by air ambulance to a Portland hospital with critical injuries.

The driver of the Honda, Claudio MARTINEZ MARQUEZ, age 43, of McMinnville, was pronounced deceased at the scene. MARTINEZ MARQUEZ’s passenger, Bonifacio MARTINEZ GARCIA, age 33, of McMinnville was transported to the hospital with serious injuries.

The operator of a Silver 2013 Mitsubishi Lancer remained at the scene after the crash.

Speed racing is being investigated as a factor in the cause of this crash. Anybody with information regarding this crash should call the Oregon State Police at 503-472-2184.

HWY 99W was closed for approximately 8 hours. OSP was assisted by the Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office, McMinnville Police Department, Newberg Police Department ODOT, and McMinnville Fire Department.

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.

OSP Continuing Fatal Crash Investigation On Highway 101 – Curry County

Photo Courtesy of Oregon State Police

Photo Courtesy of Oregon State Police

On April 29, 2016 at 4:44 p.m., Oregon State Police (OSP) Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a two vehicle crash on Highway 101 near milepost 361 (three miles south of Brookings).

Preliminary information revealed a red 2006 F-350 pickup, operated by Rebecca CROCKETT, age 56, of Portland, had been traveling northbound on Highway 101 when it came to a stop in the left lane, waiting to make a left turn. The pickup had to yield to on-coming southbound traffic.

While waiting to turn left, the pickup was rear-ended by a northbound grey 2007 Mazda 3 passenger car operated by Susan CHILDRESS, age 47, of Brookings and passenger, Reggie DICKERSON, age 47, of Brookings. Upon emergency crews arriving on scene, both CHILDRESS and DICKERSON were transported to the Sutter Coast Hospital in Crescent City by ambulance. CHILDRESS was subsequently airlifted to a hospital in Redding, California and on May 1, 2016 died from her injuries. CROCKETT was not injured.

According to witness statements, CHILDRESS was traveling at a fast rate of speed and attempted to avoid colliding with the pickup at the last second.

One northbound lane of Highway 101 was closed for approximately two hours following the crash. OSP was assisted by Harbor Volunteer Fire Department, Curry County Sheriff’s Office, Oregon Department of Transportation, and Cal-Ore Ambulance.

 

OSP Continuing Fatal Crash on I-84, Six Miles West of Arlington – Gilliam County

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Photo Courtesy of Oregon State Police

On Sunday, May 1, 2016, at approximately 4:33 a.m., Oregon State Police (OSP) was notified of a single vehicle rollover crash which had occurred on Interstate 84 near milepost 132 westbound (six miles west of Arlington). Medical personnel from the Gilliam County Fire Department and Oregon State Police arrived and located two individuals who were both severely injured.

The driver was identified as Justin Matthew FLOWERS, age 24, from Portland, and the passenger, Hayden Michael SWANSON, age 23, from Portland. Life Flight transported FLOWERS to Kadlec Regional Medical Center in Richland, Washington and SWANSON was transported by ground ambulance to Mid-Columbia Medical Center in The Dalles. During transport to the hospital, FLOWERS succumbed to his injuries. After arrival at the hospital in The Dalles, SWANSON was also transported by Life Flight to OHSU in Portland, where he is in critical but stable condition.

The investigation revealed the vehicle, a 1999 Chevy C15 SUV, had been westbound on the interstate in the early morning hours, when for an unknown reasons it left the roadway, crashed through the north side guardrail and rolled down a rock embankment, coming to rest approximately 150 feet from the roadway. Preliminary information indicates that both FLOWERS and SWANSON had not been using their seat belts at the time of the crash and were ejected from the vehicle. Speed and fatigue are being considered to be contributing factors for the crash.

Oregon State Police was assisted by Gilliam County Ambulance, Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT), Life flight, Richland Police Department and Benton County Washington Coroner’s Office.

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.

Major Crash Team Investigating Fatal Crash on Southeast Holgate Boulevard

49-year-old Theodore Swan, a passenger involving in this serious crash, died on Monday April 25 at a Portland hospital. The driver, 28-year-old Christopher Allen Schmidt, remains in the hospital receiving medical treatment for serious injuries. The third injured person, 25-year-old Amanda Atkinson, has been released from the hospital.

The crash remains under investigation.

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Traffic Division officers are continuing to investigate the circumstances of this morning’s crash on Holgate Boulevard.

Investigators have learned that 28-year-old Christopher Allen Schmidt was driving a tan 1994 Honda Accord westbound on Holgate at a high rate of speed when he ran the red light at 92nd Avenue, colliding with two other vehicles on the roadway.

Schmidt was transported by ambulance to a Portland hospital for treatment to serious, but not life-threatening injuries. His front passenger, 25-year-old Amanda Atkinson, was transported by ambulance to a Portland hospital with serious, but not life-threatening injuries. The rear passenger, 49-year-old Theodore Swan, was transported by ambulance to a Portland hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Officers learned that the car Schmidt was driving was reported stolen.

The first car Schmidt struck was a black 2008 Toyota FJ Cruiser, being driven southbound on 92nd Avenue by 45-year-old Brad Luker. Neither he nor his passenger, 41-year-old Anna Benz, required transport to a hospital.

The second car Schmidt struck was a red 1993 Honda Civic, driven by 28-year-old Jamien Zapata. Zapata was stopped at the red light facing eastbound on Holgate at the time of the crash. Zapata was transported by ambulance to a Portland hospital for a serious, but not life-threatening injury. Neither of his passengers, 36-year-old Joshua Koulavong or 18-year-old Jasmine Guerrero, suffered any serious injuries.

No arrests have been made or citations issued as the investigation into the crash is continuing. The driver of the stolen Honda, Christopher Schmidt, is expected to face charges after the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office presents the case to a Grand Jury.

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###ORIGINAL MESSAGE BELOW###

On Friday April 22, 2016, at 2:39 a.m., an East Precinct officer on patrol spotted a speeding car in the area of Southeast 94th Avenue and Holgate Boulevard being driven westbound on Holgate.

The officer, who was driving eastbound, turned around and began to follow the vehicle, a gold Honda. As soon as the officer activated the police lights to stop the driver, the driver sped away and moments later ran a red light at Southeast 92nd Avenue and became involved in a collision with two other vehicles.

Multiple people involved in the crash have been transported by ambulance to Portland hospitals for treatment. One patient is suffering from potentially life-threatening injuries.

The officer learned after the crash that the car was stolen.

The Traffic Division’s Major Crash Team is responding to conduct a crash investigation.

Traffic in the area of Southeast 92nd Avenue and Holgate Boulevard will be affected for several hours due to this crash.

There will be no further updates until late-Friday morning.

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49-year-old Theodore Swan, a passenger involving in this serious crash, died on Monday April 25 at a Portland hospital. The driver, 28-year-old Christopher Allen Schmidt, remains in the hospital receiving medical treatment for serious injuries. The third injured person, 25-year-old Amanda Atkinson, has been released from the hospital.

The crash remains under investigation.

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###ORIGINAL MESSAGE BELOW###

Traffic Division officers are continuing to investigate the circumstances of this morning’s crash on Holgate Boulevard.

Investigators have learned that 28-year-old Christopher Allen Schmidt was driving a tan 1994 Honda Accord westbound on Holgate at a high rate of speed when he ran the red light at 92nd Avenue, colliding with two other vehicles on the roadway.

Schmidt was transported by ambulance to a Portland hospital for treatment to serious, but not life-threatening injuries. His front passenger, 25-year-old Amanda Atkinson, was transported by ambulance to a Portland hospital with serious, but not life-threatening injuries. The rear passenger, 49-year-old Theodore Swan, was transported by ambulance to a Portland hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Officers learned that the car Schmidt was driving was reported stolen.

The first car Schmidt struck was a black 2008 Toyota FJ Cruiser, being driven southbound on 92nd Avenue by 45-year-old Brad Luker. Neither he nor his passenger, 41-year-old Anna Benz, required transport to a hospital.

The second car Schmidt struck was a red 1993 Honda Civic, driven by 28-year-old Jamien Zapata. Zapata was stopped at the red light facing eastbound on Holgate at the time of the crash. Zapata was transported by ambulance to a Portland hospital for a serious, but not life-threatening injury. Neither of his passengers, 36-year-old Joshua Koulavong or 18-year-old Jasmine Guerrero, suffered any serious injuries.

No arrests have been made or citations issued as the investigation into the crash is continuing. The driver of the stolen Honda, Christopher Schmidt, is expected to face charges after the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office presents the case to a Grand Jury.

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###ORIGINAL MESSAGE BELOW###

On Friday April 22, 2016, at 2:39 a.m., an East Precinct officer on patrol spotted a speeding car in the area of Southeast 94th Avenue and Holgate Boulevard being driven westbound on Holgate.

The officer, who was driving eastbound, turned around and began to follow the vehicle, a gold Honda. As soon as the officer activated the police lights to stop the driver, the driver sped away and moments later ran a red light at Southeast 92nd Avenue and became involved in a collision with two other vehicles.

Multiple people involved in the crash have been transported by ambulance to Portland hospitals for treatment. One patient is suffering from potentially life-threatening injuries.

The officer learned after the crash that the car was stolen.

The Traffic Division’s Major Crash Team is responding to conduct a crash investigation.

Traffic in the area of Southeast 92nd Avenue and Holgate Boulevard will be affected for several hours due to this crash.

There will be no further updates until late-Friday morning.

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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 for those lives lost and a lot of people wishing the survivors a speedy recovery.

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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