Category Archives: Oregon Personal Injury Attorney

Driver Arrested for DUII After Crashing into a Pedestrian on 82nd Avenue Monday Night

On MHugo_Lopez_Aguilar_31onday evening, Portland Police officers arrested a 31-year-old man for DUII after he crashed into a pedestrian on Northeast 82nd Avenue, causing life-threatening injuries.

The investigation began on Monday April 18, 2016, at 10:39 p.m., when East Precinct and Traffic Division officers responded to Northeast 82nd Avenue and Davis Street on the report that a driver crashed into a pedestrian.

Officers and medical personnel arrived and located both parties. The pedestrian, 45-year-old Michael Joseph McBurney, suffering from traumatic injuries. He was transported by ambulance to a Portland hospital where he is being treated for life-threatening injuries.

The driver, 31-year-old Hugo Lopez-Aguilar, remained at the scene and was cooperative with investigators.

Due to McBurney’s injuries, the Traffic Division’s Major Crash Team responded.

Witnesses told police that McBurney was crossing 82nd Avenue westbound in the northside crosswalk, against the “Don’t Walk” signal. Lopez-Aguilar, driving a 1996 Nissan Maxima, was driving southbound on 82nd Avenue in the right line, with a green light to proceed.
While McBurney was in the crosswalk, nearly to the westside of the street, he was struck by Lopez-Aguilar.

Based on information learned at the scene, investigators arrested Lopez-Aguilar for impaired driving and believe that he may be under the influence of marijuana.

Lopez-Aguilar was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on charges of Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants (DUII). Additional charges may apply after the investigation is complete.

Drivers impaired by alcohol or drugs injure and kill thousands of people every year. People consuming alcohol or drugs are urged not to get behind the wheel and should have a sober driver or utilize taxis, rideshare companies, or transit so everyone is safe on our streets.

The Portland Police Bureau is committed to working with our partners in government and the community to create safer streets and work towards reducing, and eventually eliminating, traffic fatalities as part of Vision Zero.

This is a very trying time for the person who is severely injured and his family too. We wish Michael Joseph McBurney a full recovery. In a pedestrian v. car accident, the pedestrian is often seriously injured. In cases where the driver is at fault, the driver’s auto insurance will ultimately compensate the injury victim.

Your own Personal Injury Protection (PIP through your own auto insurance) still applies in this type of case, so use your own auto insurance to pay medical bills until you settle your claim with the at-fault driver’s insurance.

If you don’t have an auto insurance policy, then your health insurance will cover your medical bills. If you don’t have auto or health insurance, the at-fault driver’s PIP should cover your medical bills.

If you are interested in discussing whether you might have a pedestrian accident, call a Portland pedestrian accident attorney for help and a free consultation

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Single Vehicle Fatal Crash Takes Life of Teen Passenger Hanna Doig-Cashell on Interstate 84

Oregon State Police (OSP) Troopers are continuing the investigation into Monday evening’s fatal crash on Interstate 84, near La Grande (milepost 256 eastbound).

Preliminary information indicates on April 11, 2016, at 5:46 p.m., a 2008 Toyota Solara, operated by Melissa BOOK, age 19, from La Grande, with passengers Alexis BROWNING, age 18, from La Grande, and Hanna DOIG-CASHELL, age 18, from La Grande, was traveling eastbound and attempting to pass a vehicle, when for unknown reasons, lost control, left the roadway and overturned.

DOIG-CASHELL suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene. BOOK received serious injuries and was flown by life flight to Providence Saint Mary Medical Center in Walla Walla, Washington. BROWNING received serious injuries and was transported to the Grande Ronde Hospital in La Grande.

Both eastbound lanes of Interstate 84 were closed for approximately three hours following the crash. One lane was opened for two hours until both lanes were reopened.

OSP is being assisted by the Union County Sheriff’s Office, La Grande Police Department, La Grande Rural Fire District, La Grande Fire Department, Life Flight, and Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT).

This is an ongoing investigation and more information will be released when available.

Our hearts go out the families of all of those involved in this tragic incident. This was a terrible accident, and we just hope everyone involved in the crash knows that there are a lot of people thinking of them. Very young lives were impacted in many ways and the impact of this accident will resonate for a lifetime at an unfathomable magnitude for family and friends.

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 a fatal accident.

Milton Vaughn Killed in Fatal Semi-Truck Accident on Interstate 84

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(Photo Courtesy: Oregon State Police)

Date: March 15, 2016

Location: Interstate 84 near Farewell Bend- Baker County, Ore.

Victims: Ivan Berezin, Abraham Garza Tanguma, Milton Vaughn

Baker County, Ore. – Oregon State Police and emergency crews responded at about 11:25 a.m. to a semi-truck rollover crash on Interstate 84 near mile-post 349, on March 15, 2016.

At approximately 11:55 a.m., as emergency crews were responding to the first reported accident, a second crash that occurred between two commercial motor vehicles, occurred at milepost 348 eastbound, killing a driver.

Oregon State Police preliminary investigation indicates that at 11:25 a.m., a 2006 Freightliner pulling a 2010 Utility semi-trailer, operated by Ivan Brezin, 34, of Gresham, and was traveling eastbound on Interstate 84 at milepost 349 for some unknown reason, his vehicle veered off the road and into the median. The vehicle then came back onto the road and flipped blocking all eastbound lanes.

Eastbound traffic had stopped and included a 2015 Kenworth pulling a 2012 utility semi-trailer, operated by Abraham Garza Tanguma, age 33, from Rio Grande City, Texas, at milepost 348.

At about 11:55 a.m, a Freightliner pulling a Great Dane semi-trailer, operated by Milton Vaughn, age 62, from Altoona, Kansas, was traveling eastbound, when he approached the stopped traffic and collided into the rear of Garza Tanguma’s semi-truck trailer at a highway rate of speed.

Vaughn’s vehicle was carrying hazardous materials (Aluminum Oxide Powder UN3175) and the containers were breached and leaking, according to Oregon State Police. Hazmat Teams were deployed from the Ontario Fire Department and were assisted by H20 Environmental from Boise, Idaho for cleanup.

Milton Vaughn sustained fatal injuries in the collision and was pronounced deceased at the scene. Berezin was transported by air ambulance to Saint Alphonsus Medical Center in Boise, Idaho and Garza Tanguma was transported by ground ambulace to Saint Alphonsus Medical Cneter in Ontario, Oregon.

Oregon State Police was assisted by Oregon Department of Transportation, Hazmat 14, Ontario Fire Department, H20 Environmental and Baker County Sheriff’s Office.

This is an ongoing investigation that highlights the multiple dangers that commercial drivers face on a daily basis.

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.

 

John E Kipp & Norman D Anderson Injured in major accident

(Photos Courtesy: OSP)

(Photos Courtesy: Oregon State Police)

Date: March 15, 2016

Location: Interstate 5 near milepost 32 near Medford in Jackson County, Ore.

Victims: John E Kipp & Norman D Anderson

Medford, Ore. – Oregon State Police responded to a head-on collision on Interstate 5 near milepost 32 in Medford, at about 5:40 a.m. on March 15, 2016.

Oregon State Police preliminary investigation indicates that a 2005 GMC pickup, driven by John E Kipp was traveling southbound, the wrong way, down northbound lanes of Interstate 5 when it crashed head-on into a 2001 Dodge Intrepid, driven by Norman D Anderson, age 37, of Medford. Both Kipp, 62, of White City and Anderson, 37 of Medford had to be extricated from their vehicles. Both drivers were taken to Rogue Valley Medical Center for Treatment.

Oregon State Police were assisted by the Jackson County Sheriff’s office and the Oregon Department of Transportation.

This is an ongoing investigation and more details will be released once 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 a lot of people wishing them 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 can be addressed.

As Portland car accident attorneys, we know that filing an insurance claim can be extremely complicated and stressful but it is important you get the help you need to heal. After a crash like this, any injured person can seek compensation through the at-fault driver’s insurance policy, or through their own uninsured motorist coverage.

Steps to Take for Filing an Insurance Claim after an Oregon Accident:

  1. Get medical treatment. If you’ve been injured, waiting to seek medical treatment can greatly affect the value of your claim.
  2. Right after the accident, write down any details you remember.
  3. Contact your insurance company and get a copy of your insurance policy if you don’t have one. Talk to your adjuster about using your personal injury protection (PIP) coverage for medical treatment, lost wages, etc.
  4. Determine the amount of property damage done.
  5. Start keeping good records. Get the police report, copies of medical bills, pictures of your car before and after repairs, etc.
  6. If you are considering hiring a lawyer, talk to the lawyer before you talk to the other driver’s insurance company.
  7. Get all correspondence with both insurance companies in writing.
  8. Do not sign anything until you are done treating and are medically stationary.
  9. Check the statute of limitations on your claim. For most car accidents in Oregon, the time limit is two years, but this is not true for all cases. In some cases, you will only have 180 days – speaking to an attorney can clarify your time limits.
  10. Discuss your case with a car accident attorney in Portland who offers free consultations to start understanding the laws that affect your case and your rights as an accident victim.

But before you speak to the insurance adjuster or an attorney, you can learn more about the Oregon insurance claim process in the very helpful book, 7 Common Mistakes That Can Wreck Your Oregon Accident Case.

 

Major Multi-Vehicle Crash on Glisan

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Date: March 6, 2016

Location: Glisan Street & 139th Avenue, Ore.

Victims: Lan Vo, Alexander Keppinger, Lance Faletogo, Roderick Alo & Rawz Addison-Faletogo

At 7:52 p.m. on Sunday March 6th, East Precinct and Traffic Division officers responded to a multiple-vehicle major accident on Glisan and 139th with multiple victims that had life-threatening injuries and required ground ambulance transport to Portland area hospitals.

Portland Police stated that a 2002 Acura TL traveling eastbound on Glisan Street, driven by 42-year-old Roderick Alo lost control and crashed into a 2008 Toyota Corolla that was traveling westbound onto Glisan Street. The Toyota was driven by 30-year-old Lan Vo who had just turned northbound on 139th Avenue onto Glisan Street when Alo collided with his vehicle. Lan Vo’s had a passenger who was identified as 26-year-old Alexander Keppinger Both victims sustained serious, traumatic injuries and were transported to near by hospitals.

Due to the impact by the Acura, the Toyota crashed into a 2005 Nissan Sentra that was traveling westbound on Glisan Street and driven by 26-year-old Lance Faletogo. Both Faletogo’s and his passenger 27-year-old Rawz Addison-Faletogo were both transported to Portland area hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries.

The driver of the Acura, Roderick Alo, was not injured. It was determined by investigators that he was not impaired and he fully cooperated with investigators.

There was a fourth vehicle that was not involved in the accident but may have witnessed the incident. The fourth vehicle is described as a white vehicle last seen March 6th at about 7:52 p.m. driven eastbound on Glisan Steet.

Anyone who may have witnessed this accident or has additional information should contact Officer David Enz at 503-823-2208, david.enz@portlandoregon.gov

As of March 8th, Lan Vo and Alexander Keppinger remained in the hospital with traumatic injuries.

Our hearts go out to all the members of all the families effected by this accident. We also send our best wishes to both Lan Vo and Alexander Keppinger for a full and complete recovery. This was a terrible tragedy, and we just hope everyone involved in the crash knows that there are a lot of people thinking of them.

The period after an accident like this can be a very confusing and challenging time. 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.

As Portland car accident attorneys, we know that filing an insurance claim can be extremely complicated and stressful. After a crash like this, any injured person can seek compensation through the at-fault driver’s insurance policy, or through their own uninsured motorist coverage.

Steps to Take for Filing an Insurance Claim after an Oregon Accident:

  1. Get medical treatment. If you’ve been injured, waiting to seek medical treatment can greatly affect the value of your claim.
  2. Right after the accident, write down any details you remember.
  3. Contact your insurance company and get a copy of your insurance policy if you don’t have one. Talk to your adjuster about using your personal injury protection (PIP) coverage for medical treatment, lost wages, etc.
  4. Determine the amount of property damage done.
  5. Start keeping good records. Get the police report, copies of medical bills, pictures of your car before and after repairs, etc.
  6. If you are considering hiring a lawyer, talk to the lawyer before you talk to the other driver’s insurance company.
  7. Get all correspondence with both insurance companies in writing.
  8. Do not sign anything until you are done treating and are medically stationary.
  9. Check the statute of limitations on your claim. For most car accidents in Oregon, the time limit is two years, but this is not true for all cases. In some cases, you will only have 180 days – speaking to an attorney can clarify your time limits.
  10. Discuss your case with a car accident attorney in Portland who offers free consultations to start understanding the laws that affect your case and your rights as an accident victim.

But before you speak to the insurance adjuster or an attorney, you can learn more about the Oregon insurance claim process in the very helpful book, 7 Common Mistakes That Can Wreck Your Oregon Accident Case.

School Bus Rear-Ended on I-5

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Photo: Oregon Department of Transportation

Date: March 3, 2016

Location: Medford, Ore. on Interstate 5

Names: Not Yet Available

Medford, Ore. – A black, four-door vehicle slammed into the rear-end of a school bus at approximately 7:45 a.m. Thursday morning between Medford and Phoenix near milepost 27.

The Oregon Department of Transportation reported that a school bus was rear-ended on Interstate 5 at approximately 7:45 a.m., near milepost 27. The accident was in the northbound lane and police, medical and transportation crews were dispatched but there is currently no information on injuries.

As Portland car accident attorneys, we know that filing an insurance claim can be extremely complicated and stressful. After a crash like this, any injured person can seek compensation through the at-fault driver’s insurance policy, or through their own uninsured motorist coverage.

Steps to Take for Filing an Insurance Claim after an Oregon Accident:

  1. Get medical treatment. If you’ve been injured, waiting to seek medical treatment can greatly affect the value of your claim.
  2. Right after the accident, write down any details you remember.
  3. Contact your insurance company and get a copy of your insurance policy if you don’t have one. Talk to your adjuster about using your personal injury protection (PIP) coverage for medical treatment, lost wages, etc.
  4. Determine the amount of property damage done.
  5. Start keeping good records. Get the police report, copies of medical bills, pictures of your car before and after repairs, etc.
  6. If you are considering hiring a lawyer, talk to the lawyer before you talk to the other driver’s insurance company.
  7. Get all correspondence with both insurance companies in writing.
  8. Do not sign anything until you are done treating and are medically stationary.
  9. Check the statute of limitations on your claim. For most car accidents in Oregon, the time limit is two years, but this is not true for all cases. In some cases, you will only have 180 days – speaking to an attorney can clarify your time limits.
  10. Discuss your case with a car accident attorney in Portland who offers free consultations to start understanding the laws that affect your case and your rights as an accident victim.

But before you speak to the insurance adjuster or an attorney, you can learn more about the Oregon insurance claim process in the very helpful book, 7 Common Mistakes That Can Wreck Your Oregon Accident Case.

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