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***Name Released*** Commercial Vehicle Crash On Interstate 5 Kills Driver – Douglas County

I-5_Commercial_AccidentThe deceased driver was identified as Allen W SMITH, age 52, of Martinez, California. Information will be released as it becomes available as this is an ongoing investigation

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Previous Release:
On April 25, 2016 at about 330AM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a crash involving a commercial vehicle on Interstate 5 near milepost 100 (just north of Canyonville).

Preliminary investigation reveals a 2015 Freightliner towing a trailer was traveling southbound on Interstate 5 when it drove off the roadway and into the center median. It rolled over and came to rest on it’s roof. The cargo, laminated beams, spilled onto the northbound lane of travel of Interstate 5.

The driver of the truck, an adult male was pronounced deceased on scene by emergency personnel. A dog that was in the truck was taken to a local veterinarian for treatment.
The northbound and southbound fast lanes were closed during the investigation and clean up. Name of the deceased will be released after the family has been notified. More information will be released as it becomes available as this is an ongoing investigation.

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 thinking of their families for the life lost.

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 or a wrongful death can be addressed.

This is a sensitive time for all those involved but it is important to remember that the lives of those left behind must be protected to the fullest extent of the law.

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.

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Interstate 5 Crash Takes Life Of California Man – Jackson County

Photo Courtesy OSP

Photo Courtesy OSP

On April 12, 2016 at about 2:40PM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a single vehicle crash on Interstate 5 southbound milepost 19 (near Ashland).

Preliminary investigation revealed that the operator and sole occupant of the vehicle drove off the roadway, down an embankment and rolled over. The driver, Robert D BUTLER, age 85, of Montague, California, was pronounced deceased at the scene by medical personnel.

OSP is still investigating contributing factor(s) but can confirm BUTLER was not using his safety belt. A number of citizens sopped at the scene prior to emergency personnel arriving. Among them were a commercial truck driver and a male driving a motorhome who left prior to speaking to troopers.

OSP is asking for witnesses of the crash to call 541 664-8365. More information will be released when it becomes available as this is an ongoing investigation.

While many single-car accidents seem uncomplicated, there are sometimes other factors to consider.

  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 or lost a loved on in a single-car accident, 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.

John E Kipp & Norman D Anderson Injured in major accident

(Photos Courtesy: OSP)

(Photos Courtesy: Oregon State Police)

Date: March 15, 2016

Location: Interstate 5 near milepost 32 near Medford in Jackson County, Ore.

Victims: John E Kipp & Norman D Anderson

Medford, Ore. – Oregon State Police responded to a head-on collision on Interstate 5 near milepost 32 in Medford, at about 5:40 a.m. on March 15, 2016.

Oregon State Police preliminary investigation indicates that a 2005 GMC pickup, driven by John E Kipp was traveling southbound, the wrong way, down northbound lanes of Interstate 5 when it crashed head-on into a 2001 Dodge Intrepid, driven by Norman D Anderson, age 37, of Medford. Both Kipp, 62, of White City and Anderson, 37 of Medford had to be extricated from their vehicles. Both drivers were taken to Rogue Valley Medical Center for Treatment.

Oregon State Police were assisted by the Jackson County Sheriff’s office and the Oregon Department of Transportation.

This is an ongoing investigation and more details will be released once available.

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.

 

School Bus Rear-Ended on I-5

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Photo: Oregon Department of Transportation

Date: March 3, 2016

Location: Medford, Ore. on Interstate 5

Names: Not Yet Available

Medford, Ore. – A black, four-door vehicle slammed into the rear-end of a school bus at approximately 7:45 a.m. Thursday morning between Medford and Phoenix near milepost 27.

The Oregon Department of Transportation reported that a school bus was rear-ended on Interstate 5 at approximately 7:45 a.m., near milepost 27. The accident was in the northbound lane and police, medical and transportation crews were dispatched but there is currently no information on injuries.

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.

Officer Struck by Distracted Driver

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(Photo: Marion County Sheriff’s Office)

Date: February 22, 2016

Location: 1-5 Marion County, Ore.

Names: Trenton Simon & Jason Davis

Marion County, Ore. – Trenton Simon, 25 of Scio, Oregon became distracted while driving, causing him to swerve on to the shoulder of Interstate 5 in Marion County, striking an Oregon State Police SUV. Officer Jason Davis was leaning out of the driver’s side of the SUV using a radar gun to clock drivers’ speeds at the time of the crash.

According to investigators, Simon “took his eye off the roadway,” ended up swerving to avoid an accident and hit Trooper Jason Davis’s parked Oregon State Police SUV. Officer Davis was performing traffic duties at the time of the accident. Both men were taken to Salem Hospital and were evaluated with mild injuries. This was even with Trenton Simon’s vehicle ending up flipped over on the interstate and officer Davis being thrown to the shoulder of the roadway.

Simon was issued a careless driving citation.

We wish both Trenton Simon and Officer Jason Davis a 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 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.

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