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Daniel G. Nofziger & Sharon A. Fillis injured in head-on accident

(Photo Courtesy: Oregon State Police)

(Photo Courtesy: Oregon State Police)

Date: March 14, 2016

Location: Highway 99E Near Oregon City, Ore.

Victims: Daniel G. Nofziger & Sharon A Fillis

Oregon City, Ore. – Oregon State Police responded and emergency crews responded head-on collision near mile-post 16 (just south of Oregon City) on March 14, 2016.

Oregon State Police preliminary investigation indicates that a 1997 Ford pickup was traveling southbound on Highway 99E during a severe weather occurrence involving heavy rain and hail, when it lost control on the slick roadway. The Ford crossed the centerline and collided with a 2007 Honda CRV head-on.

The driver of the 1997 Ford pickup, Daniel G. Nofziger, age 43 of Canby was transported to OHSU with non-life threatening injuries. His fiver year old daughter also suffered non-life threatening injuries and was transported by ground ambulance to Dornbecher’s Children’s Emergency Department.

Sharon A Fillis, age 81, also had non-life threatening injuries. Fillis was transported by ground ambulance to OHSU.

Oregon State Police was assisted by Canby Police Department, Oregon City Police Department and Clackamas County Crash Reconstruction Team.

This is an ongoing investigation that highlights the multiple dangers that drivers face in adverse weather conditions.

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.

 

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1 Dead, 4 injured in crash at the intersection of 157th & Halsey

Photo: 157th & Halsey Feb 13, 2016 (PF&R)

Photo: 157th & Halsey Feb 13, 2016 (PF&R)

PORTLAND, Ore. – According to Portland Police, at 5:31 a.m. February 13th David Saucedo hit another vehicle the impact killing Peter West Gefre, 26 who was a passenger in Saucedo’s car. The crash also injured the driver of the other vehicle. The accident occurred at the intersection of 157th & Halsey. David Saucedo fled the scene of the fatal multi-car accident.

Investigators identified the fleeing driver as David Saucedo, 36. He was quickly identified through his driver’s license which was left at the scene of the accident. David Saucedo is currently wanted on felony hit and run charges. Peter West Gefre, 26 of Gresham was pronounced dead at the scene. The other 4 injured were 18-year-old Elizabeth Tate, 26-year-old Nicholas Bennett, 40-year-old Michael Genuine and 32-year-old Gabriel Mata.

According to investigators, David Saucedo was traveling northbound on 157th and failed to stop for a stop sign and crashed into a pickup truck that was traveling eastbound on Halsey. Saucedo’s vehicle had four passengers one of which was killed in the accident. One other passenger attempted to flee the scene but was later found close by needing medical attention. The pickup truck driving eastbound on Halsey was occupied by only the driver who was also injured. In all one person died at the scene and four others were injured in this horrific accident.

The police are asking for anyone with information on this crash and David Saucedo’s whereabouts to please call (503) 823-3333.

We extend our condolences to the family and friends of Peter West Gefre.

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.

Woman hit by truck and killed in Lake Oswego

Date: February 8, 2016

Location: Lake Oswego, Ore.

Names: Vicky Stroh

LAKE OSWEGO, Ore. – Vicky Stroh of Lake Oswego was killed around 5:30 a.m., near the intersection of Highway 217 northbound and Interstate 5 southbound.

According to investigators, Vicky Stroh was in the crosswalk on Highway 217 when she was struck by a vehicle.

Jim Wolf with the Tigard Police Department reported that the accident victim was wearing headphones at the time of the incident and may not have heard the truck coming. Wolf also reported that Stroh had not activated the pedestrian control device on the crosswalk.

The driver of the truck remained at the scene of the accident and cooperated with investigators.

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

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.

Springfield Man Killed in Two-vehicle Crash

Date: December 25, 2015

Location: Fleck & Central Road

Names: Kevin E. Morley, Shawn G. Morley, Madison Staggs

Springfield Man Killed in Two-vehicle Crash

On Friday evening, a Springfield man died after a two-vehicle crash southeast of Veneta.

Kevin E. Morley, 44, of Springfield, was driving a Dodge pickup eastbound on Fleck Road when he ran a stop sign at the intersection with Central Road and collided with a southbound Toyota SUV.

Morley was pronounced dead at the scene. His passenger, Shawn G. Morley, 29, of Springfield, suffered serious injuries and was taken to the hospital.

The 17-year-old driver of the SUV suffered minor injuries and the passenger was identified as Madison Staggs, 18, of Springfield.

We extend our condolences to the family and friends of Kevin Morley and wish everyone else involved 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.

Two Killed on Highway 99W in Polk County Crash

Date: December 10, 2015

Location: Highway 99W

Names: Jesus Negrete Ramirez, Consuelo Aguinaga Martinez, Kimberly L. Williams

Two Killed in Highway 99W Crash in Polk County

Thursday evening, two died when their vehicle swerved in front of oncoming traffic on Oregon 99W north of Monmouth.

A Honda driven by Jesus Negrete Ramirez, 47, of McMinnville, was headed north on the highway when it crossed in front of a southbound Volkswagen. The Volkswagen struck the Honda on the passenger side. Ramirez and his passenger, Consuelo Aguinaga Martinez, 49, of McMinnville both died at the scene.

The Volkswagen driver, Kimberly L. Williams, 49, was taken to the hospital with non life-threatening injuries.

We extend our condolences to the family and friends of Jesus Negrete Ramirez and Consuelo Aguinaga Martinez.  We wish Kimberly L. Williams 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.

Two Dead in T-bone Crash on 99W

Date: December 10, 2015

Location: Oregon 99W

Names: Unavailable

Two Dead in T-bone Crash on 99W

On Thursday, two people died and others may have been injured in a double fatality crash on Highway 99W about six miles from Rickreal.

A vehicle carrying two passengers crossed into oncoming traffic and was t-boned by another vehicle.

Both passengers in the car died and others may have been injured.

The crash is under investigation.

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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