Category Archives: speeding

Scio Man Killed in Linn County Rollover Crash

Date: January 8, 2016

Location: Stayton Scio Road

Name: Michael James Robinson

Scio Man Killed in Linn County Rollover Crash

Friday evening a Scio man was killed after being ejected from his Jeep in Linn County.

Michael James Robinson, 47, of Scio, was heading south on Stayton Scio Road in a 1995 Jeep Grand Cherokee when he failed to negotiate a turn near Sandner Road.

The Jeep left the road, fell down a ditch, flipped over, hit a tree and came to rest against a home. The house sustained minor damage but no one was hurt.

Robinson was pronounced dead at the scene, about 80 feet from the Jeep.

He was not wearing a seat belt during the time of the crash.

We extend our condolences to the family and friends of Michael James Robinson.

While many single-car accidents seem uncomplicated, there are sometimes other factors to consider. If you have been injured in a single- car accident, like the one described here, you may be able to receive compensation in several instances:

  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 in a single-car accident that you believe may not have been your fault, 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.

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One Injured in White City Multi-vehicle Crash

Date: December 14, 2015

Location: Highway 62

Names: Unavailable

One Injured in White City Multi-vehicle Crash

On Monday evening, one person was taken to the hospital after a multi-vehicle crash on Highway 62 in White City.

One car left its lane and other drivers swerved to avoid hitting the car, which caused a chain reaction.

One person was taken to the hospital.

We wish all the people involved in this crash a full and speedy recovery.

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.

Woman Killed in SE Stark Fatal Crash

Date: December 4, 2015

Location: Southeast Stark Street

Names: Linda J. Johnston, Jose D. Lara, Oswaldo A. Reyes

Woman Killed in SE Stark Fatal Crash

Friday morning a woman was killed on Southeast Stark Street when two vehicles slammed into her car.

Two drivers, Jose D. Lara, 18, and Oswaldo A. Reyes, 27, were both speeding heading eastbound on Start Street when they struck a westbound car turning from 160th Avenue.

The driver of the car making the westbound turn, Linda J. Johnston, 65, died in the crash.

Lara and Reyes face charges of manslaughter and reckless driving.

We extend our condolences to the family and friends of Linda J. Johnston.

Oregon wrongful death claims are allowed under ORS 30.010-30.100, 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.

Car Hits Pole, Causes 14 Blocks to Lose Power on Powell Blvd

Date: November 24, 2015

Location: Southeast Powell Boulevard

Name: Unavailable

Car Hits Pole, Causes 14 Blocks to Lose Power on Powell Blvd

Tuesday morning, a car hit a power pole that shut down 14 blocks of power on Southeast Powell Boulevard and injured the driver.

The vehicle struck the pole near 124th Avenue and the driver was taken to the hospital for treatment of their injuries.

The crash knocked out power from 122nd Avenue to 136th Avenue and about 8,000 Portland General Electric customers.

Police believe speed may have been a factor in the cause of the crash.

Car accidents can be life-changing, and we hope the driver is able to fully recover soon.

While many single-car accidents seem uncomplicated, there are sometimes other factors to consider. If you have been injured in a single- car accident, like the one described here, you may be able to receive compensation in several instances:

  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 in a single-car accident that you believe may not have been your fault, 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.

Corvallis Man Dies in Single-car Crash near Salem

Date: November 22, 2015

Location: Highway 22

Names: Christopher Duane Liddell, James Allen Young

Corvallis Man Dies in Single-car Crash near Salem

Sunday morning a man died in a single-car rollover crash on Highway 22 near Salem.

A Subaru driven by James Allen Young, 28, of Independence, was traveling at a high rate of speed on Highway 22 when it lost control, hit a light pole, rolled over several times and came to a rest in a field.

The passenger in the car, Christopher Duane Liddell, 24, of Corvallis, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Young was taken to the hospital with serious injuries.

Speed and alcohol are possible factors in the cause of the crash.

Car accidents can be life-changing, and  we extend our condolences to the family and friends of Christopher Duane Liddell and we hope James Allen Young is able to fully recover soon.

While many single-car accidents seem uncomplicated, there are sometimes other factors to consider. If you have been injured in a single- car accident, like the one described here, you may be able to receive compensation in several instances:

  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 in a single-car accident that you believe may not have been your fault, 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.

Three Dead in Head-on Crash North of La Pine

Date: November 17, 2015

Location: U.S. 97

Names: Unavailable

Three Dead in Head-on Crash North of La Pine

Tuesday evening, three people died after a driver eluding Deschutes County deputies crashed head-on into another vehicle on Highway 97, north of La Pine.

A vehicle heading south on U.S. 97 crossed the center line and collided head-on with a northbound vehicle near State Park Recreation Road.

Earlier the vehicle had been in pursuit with the Deschutes County deputies.

The driver of the eluding vehicle was one of the three killed in the crash.

The crash is under investigation.

We extend our condolences to the family and friends of all the people involved in this crash.

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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