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OSP Continuing Fatal Crash on I-84, Six Miles West of Arlington – Gilliam County

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Photo Courtesy of Oregon State Police

On Sunday, May 1, 2016, at approximately 4:33 a.m., Oregon State Police (OSP) was notified of a single vehicle rollover crash which had occurred on Interstate 84 near milepost 132 westbound (six miles west of Arlington). Medical personnel from the Gilliam County Fire Department and Oregon State Police arrived and located two individuals who were both severely injured.

The driver was identified as Justin Matthew FLOWERS, age 24, from Portland, and the passenger, Hayden Michael SWANSON, age 23, from Portland. Life Flight transported FLOWERS to Kadlec Regional Medical Center in Richland, Washington and SWANSON was transported by ground ambulance to Mid-Columbia Medical Center in The Dalles. During transport to the hospital, FLOWERS succumbed to his injuries. After arrival at the hospital in The Dalles, SWANSON was also transported by Life Flight to OHSU in Portland, where he is in critical but stable condition.

The investigation revealed the vehicle, a 1999 Chevy C15 SUV, had been westbound on the interstate in the early morning hours, when for an unknown reasons it left the roadway, crashed through the north side guardrail and rolled down a rock embankment, coming to rest approximately 150 feet from the roadway. Preliminary information indicates that both FLOWERS and SWANSON had not been using their seat belts at the time of the crash and were ejected from the vehicle. Speed and fatigue are being considered to be contributing factors for the crash.

Oregon State Police was assisted by Gilliam County Ambulance, Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT), Life flight, Richland Police Department and Benton County Washington Coroner’s Office.

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 and the life lost.

One of the most difficult parts of an accident like this is the fact that there will be immediate bills that will need to be taken care of in a timely manner. 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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Man Killed In Motorcycle Crash On Interstate 84 – Umatilla County

Photo Courtesy OSP

Photo Courtesy OSP

The deceased operator of the motorcycle was identified as Richard R HUTCHINS, age 80, of Chicago, Illinois. More information will be released as it becomes available.
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Previous Release:
On April 19, 2016, at about 3:30PM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a crash involving a motorcycle into a guardrail on Interstate 84 near milepost 219 (east of Pendleton).

Preliminary investigation indicates the adult male rider was traveling eastbound on Interstate 84 when for unknown reasons, drifted out of the lane of travel and struck a guardrail.
The driver of the motorcycle was transported to Saint Mary’s Hospital in Walla Walla, WA by air ambulance. Medical staff at the hospital later pronounced him deceased as a result of injuries he sustained in the crash.

The Oregon State Police are working with the Walla Walla County Coroner in an effort to positively identify the driver. OSP was assisted at the scene by Umatilla Tribal Fire and Ambulance and the Oregon Department of Transportation.

We extend our condolences to the family and friends of Richard R HUTCHINS.

Single Vehicle Fatal Crash Takes Life of Teen Passenger Hanna Doig-Cashell on Interstate 84

Oregon State Police (OSP) Troopers are continuing the investigation into Monday evening’s fatal crash on Interstate 84, near La Grande (milepost 256 eastbound).

Preliminary information indicates on April 11, 2016, at 5:46 p.m., a 2008 Toyota Solara, operated by Melissa BOOK, age 19, from La Grande, with passengers Alexis BROWNING, age 18, from La Grande, and Hanna DOIG-CASHELL, age 18, from La Grande, was traveling eastbound and attempting to pass a vehicle, when for unknown reasons, lost control, left the roadway and overturned.

DOIG-CASHELL suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene. BOOK received serious injuries and was flown by life flight to Providence Saint Mary Medical Center in Walla Walla, Washington. BROWNING received serious injuries and was transported to the Grande Ronde Hospital in La Grande.

Both eastbound lanes of Interstate 84 were closed for approximately three hours following the crash. One lane was opened for two hours until both lanes were reopened.

OSP is being assisted by the Union County Sheriff’s Office, La Grande Police Department, La Grande Rural Fire District, La Grande Fire Department, Life Flight, and Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT).

This is an ongoing investigation and more information will be released when available.

Our hearts go out the families of all of those involved in this tragic incident. This was a terrible accident, and we just hope everyone involved in the crash knows that there are a lot of people thinking of them. Very young lives were impacted in many ways and the impact of this accident will resonate for a lifetime at an unfathomable magnitude for family and friends.

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 a fatal accident.

Milton Vaughn Killed in Fatal Semi-Truck Accident on Interstate 84

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(Photo Courtesy: Oregon State Police)

Date: March 15, 2016

Location: Interstate 84 near Farewell Bend- Baker County, Ore.

Victims: Ivan Berezin, Abraham Garza Tanguma, Milton Vaughn

Baker County, Ore. – Oregon State Police and emergency crews responded at about 11:25 a.m. to a semi-truck rollover crash on Interstate 84 near mile-post 349, on March 15, 2016.

At approximately 11:55 a.m., as emergency crews were responding to the first reported accident, a second crash that occurred between two commercial motor vehicles, occurred at milepost 348 eastbound, killing a driver.

Oregon State Police preliminary investigation indicates that at 11:25 a.m., a 2006 Freightliner pulling a 2010 Utility semi-trailer, operated by Ivan Brezin, 34, of Gresham, and was traveling eastbound on Interstate 84 at milepost 349 for some unknown reason, his vehicle veered off the road and into the median. The vehicle then came back onto the road and flipped blocking all eastbound lanes.

Eastbound traffic had stopped and included a 2015 Kenworth pulling a 2012 utility semi-trailer, operated by Abraham Garza Tanguma, age 33, from Rio Grande City, Texas, at milepost 348.

At about 11:55 a.m, a Freightliner pulling a Great Dane semi-trailer, operated by Milton Vaughn, age 62, from Altoona, Kansas, was traveling eastbound, when he approached the stopped traffic and collided into the rear of Garza Tanguma’s semi-truck trailer at a highway rate of speed.

Vaughn’s vehicle was carrying hazardous materials (Aluminum Oxide Powder UN3175) and the containers were breached and leaking, according to Oregon State Police. Hazmat Teams were deployed from the Ontario Fire Department and were assisted by H20 Environmental from Boise, Idaho for cleanup.

Milton Vaughn sustained fatal injuries in the collision and was pronounced deceased at the scene. Berezin was transported by air ambulance to Saint Alphonsus Medical Center in Boise, Idaho and Garza Tanguma was transported by ground ambulace to Saint Alphonsus Medical Cneter in Ontario, Oregon.

Oregon State Police was assisted by Oregon Department of Transportation, Hazmat 14, Ontario Fire Department, H20 Environmental and Baker County Sheriff’s Office.

This is an ongoing investigation that highlights the multiple dangers that commercial drivers face on a daily basis.

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 those lives lost and a lot of people wishing the survivors 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 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.

 

Vancouver Man Hit & Killed While Chaining Up Semi-Truck on I-84

Date: January 31, 2016

Location: Interstate 84

Names: Igor Nikolaychuk

According to Lt. Cari Boyd with Oregon State Patrol, Igor Nikolaychuk 50 was struck by an out-of-control car on I-84. Igor was chaining up the left side of his semi-truck when a Cadillac driven by an unidentified 21-year-old woman from Idaho slid on an icy patch and slammed into him. Igor was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the Cadillac remained at the scene of the accident and was fully cooperative with Oregon State Patrol officers.

Semi-Truck winter driving

At the time of the incident the roads were icy, the visibility was impeded by fog and the Cadillac lost control sliding into Igor Nikolaychuk. Investigators sited that the Cadillac was traveling westbound on I-84 when it hit a patch of ice and slid into Nikolaychuk, pushing him underneath the trailer and killing him. The driver of the car was not seriously injured and no citations were issued.

The accident occurred at 8:30am on January 31st, 2016 near North Powder, Oregon.

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

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.

Two Killed in Crash on I-84 in Baker County

Date: December 17, 2015

Location: Interstate 84

Names: Billie Jo Aguilar, Kendall Lee Lenderman, John Patrick Henry

Two Killed in Crash on I-84 in Baker County

Thursday morning, two Idaho residents were killed in a fatal crash on I-84 near Durkee in Baker County.

A 2003 Chevy Surburban driven by Billie Jo Aguilar, 39, of Wendell, Idaho, was heading west on I-84 when it lost control on the icy roadway, slid across the median and into oncoming traffic. A 2014 Peterbilt commercial vehicle driven by Kendall Lee Lenderman, 42, was unable to move out of the way and collided with the Surburban head-on.

Both vehicles slid off the road after impact and another two vehicles hit a different commercial truck driven by John Patrick Henry, 40, of Nampa.

Aguilar and a 12-year-old passenger in the Suburban died at the scene. Witnesses were able to help get the other 14-year-old passenger in the Surburban out before the Peterbilt and it caught on fire. She was taken to the hospital with serious injuries.

All of the other drivers were not injured.

We extend our condolences to the family and friends of Billie Jo Aguilar and the 12-year-old and wish the 14-year-old 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.

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