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Pedestrian Injured in Downtown Portland Hit and Run Crash

Date: January 10, 2016

Location: Southwest 11th Avenue and Market Street

Names: Kyle Wallace, Suliman Ali Algwaiz

Pedestrian Injured in Downtown Portland Hit and Run Crash

Early Sunday morning, a pedestrian was injured in a hit and run crash near the Portland State University campus downtown.

Kyle Wallace, 28, of Portland was struck at Southwest 11th Avenue and Market Street by a vehicle that left the scene.

Police used one of their cruisers to bump the fleeing car and arrested the suspect.

Suliman Ali Algwaiz, 20, of Portland, was arrested and charged with second-degree assault, misdemeanor and felony hit and run, vehicle assault on a pedestrian, reckless driving and driving under the influence of intoxicants.

Wallace was critically injured but is expected to survive.

We hope Kyle Wallace is able to recover from this accident, and that the hit and run driver is held accountable. Hit and run drivers are cowards and criminals, and as Portland attorneys for hit and run injury victims we hope this driver is found soon. Remember, hit and run drivers can be punished in both criminal and civil cases.

According to Oregon law (ORS 811.705), drivers are required to remain at the scene if anyone is injured. If a driver does not do this, they can have criminal charges brought against them once they are found.

We encourage anyone who has witnessed a hit and run to come forward with information! You can call our office and we will ensure that your identity is protected, and the information is sent to the right person. If you feel more comfortable calling a hotline, DuBois Law Group LLC sponsors the Hit and Run Reward program that gives financial incentives for reluctant witnesses to come forward after hit and run incidents. Remember, you are helping the person who was hit and you are helping protect our streets from drivers who do not obey the laws.

In cases like this, the hit and run driver can also have a civil lawsuit brought against them for all damages to the injury victim. Anyone injured by a hit and run driver has the right to seek legal recourse for injuries and damages to property. This compensation can come from the at-fault driver’s insurance or any personal assets they have.

In many cases, the hit and run driver left the scene because:

  • They did not have insurance.
  • They were driving intoxicated.

If the driver was driving intoxicated, you may still be able to file a claim with their insurance company, if you can identify the driver.

If you cannot find the driver, however, OR they do not have insurance, you can still file a claim through your own uninsured motorist (UIM) coverage on your own auto policy.

We understand that this is a complicated process, and we recommend discussing your case with a Portland hit and run accident attorney who offers free consultations if you have any questions.

Two Dead in Grants Pass Crash, Driver Flees the Scene

Date: January 9, 2016

Location: Highland Avenue

Names: Megan Becklund, Jeremy Pearson

Two Dead in Grants Pass Crash, Driver Flees the Scene

Friday evening, a pickup truck sideswiped a parked tractor-trailer on Highland Avenue in Grants Pass.

A 1998 Ford F-150 struck a parked tractor-trailer at the intersection of Highland Avenue and Donaldson Road. The driver fled the scene and police are still searching for them.

Megan Becklund, 32, and Jeremy Pearson, 36, of Ashland, were both found dead in the vehicle.

The drive faces criminal charges when found.

We extend our condolences to the family and friends of Megan Becklund and Jeremy Pearson.

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.

Bicyclist Killed in NE Portland Hit-and-run

Date: December 12, 2015

Location: NE Portland Highway

Name: Kenneth Britt Smith Jr.

Bicyclist Killed in NE Portland Hit-and-run

Saturday evening, a bicyclist was hit and killed in Northeast Portland when the driver left the scene and was found later by the police.

The crash occurred on the 4200 block of NE Portland Highway where the 38-year-old bicyclist was wearing a helmet and a rear flashing light.

Witnesses saw a blue Ford Crown Victoria hit the cyclist and then head east on Portland Highway.

Police found the car two hours later at NE Sandy Boulevard and I-205. The driver Kenneth Britt Smith Jr., 26, was arrested and it charged with 2nd-degree manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide, reckless driving and driving under the influence of marijuana.

We extend our condolences to the family and friends of the bicyclist. Hit and run drivers are cowards and criminals, and as Portland attorneys for hit and run injury victims we hope this driver is found soon. Remember, hit and run drivers can be punished in both criminal and civil cases.

According to Oregon law (ORS 811.705), drivers are required to remain at the scene if anyone is injured. If a driver does not do this, they can have criminal charges brought against them once they are found.

We encourage anyone who has witnessed a hit and run to come forward with information! You can call our office and we will ensure that your identity is protected, and the information is sent to the right person. If you feel more comfortable calling a hotline, DuBois Law Group LLC sponsors the Hit and Run Reward program that gives financial incentives for reluctant witnesses to come forward after hit and run incidents. Remember, you are helping the person who was hit and you are helping protect our streets from drivers who do not obey the laws.

In cases like this, the hit and run driver can also have a civil lawsuit brought against them for all damages to the injury victim. Anyone injured by a hit and run driver has the right to seek legal recourse for injuries and damages to property. This compensation can come from the at-fault driver’s insurance or any personal assets they have.

In many cases, the hit and run driver left the scene because:

  • They did not have insurance.
  • They were driving intoxicated.

If the driver was driving intoxicated, you may still be able to file a claim with their insurance company, if you can identify the driver.

If you cannot find the driver, however, OR they do not have insurance, you can still file a claim through your own uninsured motorist (UIM) coverage on your own auto policy.

We understand that this is a complicated process, and we recommend discussing your case with a Portland hit and run accident attorney who offers free consultations if you have any questions.

Hit-and-Run Driver Strikes Pedestrian in Eugene Safeway Parking Lot

Date: November 3, 2015

Location: Coburg Road

Name: Ronald P. President Bush

Hit-and-Run Driver Strikes Pedestrian in Eugene Safeway Parking Lot

Monday afternoon, a driver in a silver Volvo struck a pedestrian with his car in the Safeway parking lot on Coburg Road in Eugene.

The driver was allegedly in a dispute with 35-year-old victim just before the accident occurred.

The victim suffered non life-threatening injuries and was taken to hospital.

The car is registered under the name Ronald P. President Bush.

The driver is described as in his 40s with dark hair, a long beard, heavy-medium build and was wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt and jeans.

We hope the victim is able to recover from this accident, and that the hit and run driver is held accountable. Hit and run drivers are cowards and criminals, and as Portland attorneys for hit and run injury victims we hope this driver is found soon. Remember, hit and run drivers can be punished in both criminal and civil cases.

According to Oregon law (ORS 811.705), drivers are required to remain at the scene if anyone is injured. If a driver does not do this, they can have criminal charges brought against them once they are found.

We encourage anyone who has witnessed a hit and run to come forward with information! You can call our office and we will ensure that your identity is protected, and the information is sent to the right person. If you feel more comfortable calling a hotline, DuBois Law Group LLC sponsors the Hit and Run Reward program that gives financial incentives for reluctant witnesses to come forward after hit and run incidents. Remember, you are helping the person who was hit and you are helping protect our streets from drivers who do not obey the laws.

In cases like this, the hit and run driver can also have a civil lawsuit brought against them for all damages to the injury victim. Anyone injured by a hit and run driver has the right to seek legal recourse for injuries and damages to property. This compensation can come from the at-fault driver’s insurance or any personal assets they have.

In many cases, the hit and run driver left the scene because:

  • They did not have insurance.
  • They were driving intoxicated.

If the driver was driving intoxicated, you may still be able to file a claim with their insurance company, if you can identify the driver.

If you cannot find the driver, however, OR they do not have insurance, you can still file a claim through your own uninsured motorist (UIM) coverage on your own auto policy.

We understand that this is a complicated process, and we recommend discussing your case with a Portland hit and run accident attorney who offers free consultations if you have any questions.

Hit-and-run in NE Portland

Date: November 1, 2015

Location: Northeast 122nd Avenue and Halsey Street

Names: Richard Hollen

Hit-and-run in NE Portland

Sunday evening a look-a-like police patrol cruiser caused a major crash in Northeast Portland and the people inside the car ran from the scene.

Richard Hollen was driving his car when he saw headlights coming right toward him at the intersection of Northeast 122nd Avenue and Halsey Street. He thought it was a police card since the light was red and they were swerving around a bunch of cars.

The Crown Victoria smashed into Hollen’s vehicle causing his air bags to deploy.

The occupants of the Crown Victoria then fled the scene.

We hope Richard Hollen is able to recover from this accident, and that the hit and run driver is held accountable. Hit and run drivers are cowards and criminals, and as Portland attorneys for hit and run injury victims we hope this driver is found soon. Remember, hit and run drivers can be punished in both criminal and civil cases.

According to Oregon law (ORS 811.705), drivers are required to remain at the scene if anyone is injured. If a driver does not do this, they can have criminal charges brought against them once they are found.

We encourage anyone who has witnessed a hit and run to come forward with information! You can call our office and we will ensure that your identity is protected, and the information is sent to the right person. If you feel more comfortable calling a hotline, DuBois Law Group LLC sponsors the Hit and Run Reward program that gives financial incentives for reluctant witnesses to come forward after hit and run incidents. Remember, you are helping the person who was hit and you are helping protect our streets from drivers who do not obey the laws.

In cases like this, the hit and run driver can also have a civil lawsuit brought against them for all damages to the injury victim. Anyone injured by a hit and run driver has the right to seek legal recourse for injuries and damages to property. This compensation can come from the at-fault driver’s insurance or any personal assets they have.

In many cases, the hit and run driver left the scene because:

  • They did not have insurance.
  • They were driving intoxicated.

If the driver was driving intoxicated, you may still be able to file a claim with their insurance company, if you can identify the driver.

If you cannot find the driver, however, OR they do not have insurance, you can still file a claim through your own uninsured motorist (UIM) coverage on your own auto policy.

We understand that this is a complicated process, and we recommend discussing your case with a Portland hit and run accident attorney who offers free consultations if you have any questions.

Pedestrian Injured in Southeast Portland Hit-and-run

Date: October 29, 2015

Location: Southeast Powell Boulevard and 130th Avenue

Names: Miguel Jay Venegas, Larry Venegas

Pedestrian Injured in Southeast Portland Hit-and-run

Thursday evening a pedestrian was critically injured in a hit-and-run on Southeast Powell Boulevard at 130th Avenue.

A 38-year-old man was found on the roadway with traumatic injuries and was taken to nearby hospital.

With help from witnesses, officers were able to locate the suspect vehicle in a garage of a home on Southeast 138th Avenue.

The driver, Miguel Jay Venegas, 21, and his passenger, Larry Venegas, 43, were arrested at the home.

Miguel Venegas was driving east on Powell when he struck the pedestrian near the side of the road.

We hope the pedestrian is able to recover from this accident, and that the hit and run driver is held accountable. Hit and run drivers are cowards and criminals, and as Portland attorneys for hit and run injury victims we hope this driver is found soon. Remember, hit and run drivers can be punished in both criminal and civil cases.

According to Oregon law (ORS 811.705), drivers are required to remain at the scene if anyone is injured. If a driver does not do this, they can have criminal charges brought against them once they are found.

We encourage anyone who has witnessed a hit and run to come forward with information! You can call our office and we will ensure that your identity is protected, and the information is sent to the right person. If you feel more comfortable calling a hotline, DuBois Law Group LLC sponsors the Hit and Run Reward program that gives financial incentives for reluctant witnesses to come forward after hit and run incidents. Remember, you are helping the person who was hit and you are helping protect our streets from drivers who do not obey the laws.

In cases like this, the hit and run driver can also have a civil lawsuit brought against them for all damages to the injury victim. Anyone injured by a hit and run driver has the right to seek legal recourse for injuries and damages to property. This compensation can come from the at-fault driver’s insurance or any personal assets they have.

In many cases, the hit and run driver left the scene because:

  • They did not have insurance.
  • They were driving intoxicated.

If the driver was driving intoxicated, you may still be able to file a claim with their insurance company, if you can identify the driver.

If you cannot find the driver, however, OR they do not have insurance, you can still file a claim through your own uninsured motorist (UIM) coverage on your own auto policy.

We understand that this is a complicated process, and we recommend discussing your case with a Portland hit and run accident attorney who offers free consultations if you have any questions.

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