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Albany Man Killed in Highway 20 Crash near Lebanon

Date: December 26, 2015

Location: Highway 20

Name: Jason Sarter

Albany Man Killed in Highway 20 Crash near Lebanon

Saturday morning a 21-year-old man from Albany died after crashing his SUV on Highway 20, just west of Lebanon.

Jason Sarter, 21, of Albany, was headed eastbound on Highway 20 when he lost control of his Nissan Pathfinder while turning a corner. The SUV went off the road, rolled over and hit a tree.

Sarter was pronounced dead at the scene.

We extend our condolences to the family and friends of Jason Sarter.

While many single-car accidents seem uncomplicated, there are sometimes other factors to consider. If you have been injured in a single- car accident, like the one described here, you may be able to receive compensation in several instances:

  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 in a single-car accident that you believe may not have been your fault, 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.

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One Dead, Three Injured in Deschutes County Crash

Date: December 12, 2015

Location: U.S. 97

Names: David D. Taylor, Amanda F. Porter, Dennis M. Woods

One Dead, Three Injured in Deschutes County Crash

Saturday evening a La Pine man was killed and three others were injured after a semitrailer collided with a pickup on Highway 97 near Sunriver.

Dennis M. Woods, 30, of Sacramento, California, was headed south on Highway 97 in a 2015 Freightliner when he lost control on the icy roadway, crossed into the northbound lanes and struck a 1993 Ford F350 head-on.

The Ford driver, David D. Taylor, 30, was pronounced dead at the scene. Passenger, Amanda F. Porter, 23, and a 7-year-old boy were both taken to the hospital with non life-threatening injuries.

Woods was also taken to the hospital and was cited for failing to drive within his lane.

We extend our condolences to the family and friends of David D. Taylor and wish everyone else involved a full and speedy recovery.

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.

Corvallis Man Dies in Single-car Crash near Salem

Date: November 22, 2015

Location: Highway 22

Names: Christopher Duane Liddell, James Allen Young

Corvallis Man Dies in Single-car Crash near Salem

Sunday morning a man died in a single-car rollover crash on Highway 22 near Salem.

A Subaru driven by James Allen Young, 28, of Independence, was traveling at a high rate of speed on Highway 22 when it lost control, hit a light pole, rolled over several times and came to a rest in a field.

The passenger in the car, Christopher Duane Liddell, 24, of Corvallis, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Young was taken to the hospital with serious injuries.

Speed and alcohol are possible factors in the cause of the crash.

Car accidents can be life-changing, and  we extend our condolences to the family and friends of Christopher Duane Liddell and we hope James Allen Young is able to fully recover soon.

While many single-car accidents seem uncomplicated, there are sometimes other factors to consider. If you have been injured in a single- car accident, like the one described here, you may be able to receive compensation in several instances:

  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 in a single-car accident that you believe may not have been your fault, 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.

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