Category Archives: speeding

McMinnville Woman Dies in Single-vehicle Crash

Date: November 12, 2015

Location: Northwest Baker Creek Road

Name: Alexis Anderson

McMinnville Woman Dies in Single-vehicle Crash

Early Thursday morning a woman was killed in a single-vehicle crash on Northwest Baker Creek Road in McMinnville.

A 2003 Acura driven by Alexis Anderson, 24, of McMinnville, overturned and ejected the driver.

Anderson was pronounced dead at the scene and was not wearing a seat belt.

Police believe speed played a factor in the crash.

We extend our condolences to the family and friends of Alexis Anderson.

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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Car Rolls of Embankment in Sandy and Injures Two Passengers

Date: November 9, 2015

Location: Bluff and Dubarko Roads

Names: Unavailable

Car Rolls of Embankment in Sandy and Injures Two Passengers

Monday evening, two people were seriously injured when their car missed a turn and went down, 30-foot embankment in Sandy.

The crash occurred near Bluff and Dubarko roads when a Pontiac sedan overturned and went off the road.

The two back seat passengers, ages 21 and 22, were taken to the hospital for treatment of their injuries.

The 19-year-old driver and front passenger were not injured.

Police believe speed was likely a contributing factor to the cause of the crash.

Car accidents can be life-changing, and we hope the two passengers are 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.

Car Rolls Down Embankment along Hillsboro Road

Date: November 10, 2015

Location: Quatama Road and 227th Avenue

Name: Unavailable

Car Rolls Down Embankment along Hillsboro Road

Early Tuesday morning a car crashed down an embankment in Hillsboro and injured the driver.

The driver went off Quatama Road near 227th Avenue where there was heavy fog in the area.

The driver suffered minor injuries.

Police believe speed and alcohol were factors in 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.

Driver Killed in Stolen Vehicle after Crash with Sheriff in Klamath Falls

Date: November 2, 2015

Location: 1200 block of Lakeshore Drive

Name: Matthew Stephen Colligan

Driver Killed in Stolen Vehicle after Crash with Sheriff in Klamath Falls

Early Monday morning a man died after a crash with his stolen truck and the sheriff’s deputy that was pursuing him.

Matthew Stephen Colligan, 28, was driving a stolen pickup truck and the sheriff deputy lost sight but found it again at the 1200 block of Lakeshore Drive in Klamath Falls.

The deputy’s Ford F350 crashed into the driver’s side of the truck and Colligan died at the scene.

The crash was not an intentional or “tactical move to stop the car”.

We extend our condolences to the family and friends of Matthew Stephen Colligan.

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.

Pedestrian Killed by Drunk Driver in North Portland

Date: November 1, 2015

Location: North Lombard Street

Name: Mathew Tyler Freeman

 

Pedestrian Killed by Drunk Driver in North Portland

 

Early Sunday morning a pedestrian was hit and killed on North Lombard Street by a drunk driver before he crashed the SUV into a utility pole.

The crash occurred on Lombard and Peninsular Avenue where Police found a crumpled green 1999 Ford Explorer with the driver still inside.

A 27-year-old male pedestrian was found deceased lying in the westbound lanes of the intersection.

The driver, Mathew Tyler Freeman, 21, of North Portland, showed signs of impairment and was driving at a high rate of speed before striking the pedestrian.

We extend our condolences to the family and friends of the deceased pedestrian.

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.

Portland Man Dies in High-speed Crash near Willamina

Date: October 11, 2015

Location: Oregon 18

Names: Bradley Gene Jones

Portland Man Dies in High-speed Crash near Willamina

Sunday evening a Portland man died in a high-speed crash on Oregon 18 near Willamina.

Bradley Gene Jones, 47, was heading east on Highway 18 at a high rate of speed when his 1999 Chevy Suburban left the road near the off ramp and came back onto the ramp near Yamhill Road. The SUV then left the highway again, hit a utility pole and a tree before coming to a rest down a steep embankment near the Yamhill River.

Jones was not wearing a seat belt, and alcohol may have been a contributing factor.

Car accidents can be life-changing, and we extend our condolences to the family and friends of Bradley Gene Jones.

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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