Category Archives: Train Accidents

Man Killed by MAX Train in Hillsboro

Date: January 10, 2016

Location: Washington Street

Name: Unavailable

Man Killed by MAX Train in Hillsboro

Sunday night, a man was killed by a MAX Blue Line train when he fell underneath it in Hillsboro.

A man in his 30s stumbled onto the tracks and was hit by the train on Washington Street in Hillsboro.

The crash is still under investigation.

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

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Man Injured after being Struck by Train in Tualatin

Date: November 27, 2015

Location: 18800 Southwest Boones Ferry Road

Names: Unavailable

Man Injured after being Struck by Train in Tualatin

Friday evening, a man suffered injuries after being hit by a train in Tualatin.

A 35-year-old man was hit by a Portland & Western train in the 18800 block of Southwest Boones Ferry Road.

The man suffered non life-threatening injuries and was taken to Oregon Health & Science University.

Police believe alcohol may have been involved in the incident.

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.

Woman Killed by Orange Line MAX near Southeast Portland’s Bybee Station

Date: November 29, 2015

Location: Southeast Bybee Max Station

Name: Unavailable

Woman Killed by Orange Line MAX near Southeast Portland’s Bybee Station

Sunday afternoon, a woman was killed while trying to cross MAX Orange Line tracks in Southeast Portland.

The pedestrian was in a fenced, restricted area between loading platforms and the train driver saw her but couldn’t stop in time.

The incident occurred south of the Southeast Bybee MAX station and is still under investigation.

we extend our condolences to the family and friends of the pedestrian.

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.

Man Struck by Freight Train in Clark County Dies at Hospital

Date: October 20, 2015

Location: Northwest Krieger Road

Name: Unavailable

Man Struck by Freight Train in Clark County Dies at Hospital

Early Tuesday morning a man was struck by a freight train north of Felida and later died in the hospital.

The collision occurred at Northwest Krieger Road near Northeast 179th Street between Felida and Ridgefield.

A man in his 30s was sitting on the train tracks when a Union Pacific freight train approached and tried to brake, but ended up hitting the man.

The man was thrown 60 feet down an embankment and was found in critical condition.

He was taken to PeaceHeath Southwest Medical Center where he later died of his injuries.

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

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.

Man Dies after being Struck by Train in Oregon City

Date: October 2, 2015

Location: First Avenue and Miller Street

Names: Unavailable

Man Dies after being Struck by Train in Oregon City

Friday evening a man was hit and killed by a northbound train in Oregon City.

The driver of a Union Pacific train saw the man on the tracks near First Avenue and Miller Street but couldn’t stop in time.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene.

Trains in the area have been halted as the crash is under investigation.

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

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.

Pedestrian Dies after being Hit by Amtrak Train

Date: August 6, 2015

Location: Sunnyview Road NE

Name: Unavailable

Pedestrian Dies after being Hit by Amtrak Train

Thursday afternoon, a pedestrian was struck and killed by an Amtrak train at the crossing of the 1300 block of Sunnyview Road NE in Marion County.

The Coast Starlight train was heading north toward Seattle and no one aboard was injured.

There have been 17 pedestrian fatalities involving trains in Marion County from 2001 to 2012. The number has been decreasing since their were 20 deaths from 1993 to 1999.

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

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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