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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.

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