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Semi-truck Driver Dies in Oakridge Crash

Date: December 5, 2015

Location: Highway 58

Name: Gicu Costain

Semi-truck Driver Dies in Oakridge Crash

Saturday morning a man from Camas died in a semi-truck crash near Oakridge.

Gicu Costain, of Camas, Washington, was driving a semi-truck on Highway 58 when the truck left the road. The truck went down an embankment and hit a large tree.

Costain was pronounced dead at the scene.

We extend our condolences to the family and friends of Gicu Costain.

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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Truck Hauling Frozen Blood Crashes on Highway 58 near Oakridge

Date: November 4, 2015

Location: Highway 58

Names: Kent Osgood, Manuel Rodriguez

Truck Hauling Frozen Blood Crashes on Highway 58 near Oakridge

Early Wednesday morning a two truck drivers were injured when their truck hauling frozen blood crashed over an embankment near Oakridge.

The truck was pulling a refrigerated box trailer carrying 30,000 pounds of frozen blood and plasma for medical purposes. The truck was traveling east on Highway 58 when the driver drifted off the roadway for an unknown reason.

The driver, Kent Osgood, of White Settlement, Texas and passenger Manuel Rodriguez, of San Antonio, Texas, were both taken to a hospital in Springfield for treatment of their injuries.

Car accidents can be life-changing, and we hope Kent Osgood and Manuel Rodriguez are 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.

Driver Critically Injured after Crash near Oakridge

Date: October 21, 2015

Location: Highway 58

Names: Steven R. White, Reginald Cassius, Sierra Cardosa

Driver Critically Injured after Crash near Oakridge

Early Wednesday morning a driver was hit by a car after exiting his vehicle and was critically injured near Oakridge.

A 2002 Ford F150 pickup lost all electrical power and was stalled in the westbound lane of Highway 58. Steven R. White, 31, of Lowell, exited his truck and walked around to the passenger side. A 1999 Oldsmobile Alero was unable to pass the stalled vehicle due to an oncoming eastbound car so it swerved between the guardrail and the pickup striking White.

White was thrown over the hood of the car and into the eastbound lane. He was taken to the hospital with critical injuries.

Sierra Cardosa, 31, of Lowell, was the passenger in the pickup and was not injured.

The driver of the Oldsmobile, Reginald Cassius, 48, of Springfield, was not injured.

We wish Steven R. White 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.

Fatal 2-Car Crash near Oakridge Kills One, Injures Three

Date: March 28, 2015

Location: Highway 58

Names: Patricia Kuykendall, Charles Kuykendall, Billroy Durham, Tuesday Durham

Fatal 2-Car Crash near Oakridge Kills One, Injures Three

Saturday morning, a two-car crash on Oregon 58 near Oakridge resulted in one dead and three injured.

A gold 1999 Honda Accord was heading west on Oregon 58 when it crossed the center line and collided with a white 2014 Honda Accord heading east.

The gold Accord fell down an embankment and came to a rest near some trees. The driver, Billroy Durham, 36, of Phoenix Arizona, and his wife, Tuesday Durham, 38, were both taken to the hospital with serious injuries.

The driver of the white Accord, Charles Kuykendall, 73, of Gig Harbor, Washington, was also taken to the hospital with minor injuries. His wife, Patricia Kuykendall, 74, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Both of the Kuykendall’s were wearing seat belts and the Durham’s were not.

Billroy Durham is expected to face accusations of first-degree manslaughter, second-degree assault, third-degree assault, reckless driving and drug-related driving under the influence of intoxicants once he is released from the hospital.

We extend our condolences to the family and friends of Patricia Kuykendall and wish Charles Kuykendall and 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.

Oakridge Man Killed in Head-on Crash in Lane County

Date: February 18, 2015

Location: West Oak Road

Names: Jerry L. Lossing, Kathleen S. Camerer

Oakridge Man Killed in Head-on Crash in Lane County

Wednesday morning a head-on collision in Lane County left one driver dead and the other injured.

Jerry L. Lossing, 66, of Oakridge, lost control of his Honda Accord while turning on West Oak Road in Westfir. His Honda collided with oncoming traffic, hitting a Toyota RAV-4.

Lossing was pronounced dead at the scene and was not wearing a seat belt.

The driver of the Toyota, Kathleen S. Camerer, 68, of Oakridge was taken to a Eugene hospital with injuries.

We extend our condolences to the family and friends of Jerry L. Lossing and wish Kathleen S. Cramerer 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. If you know you are not going to hire an attorney, contact the insurance company for the other driver yourself. Be honest, but do not give a recorded statement and do not admit any liability.
  8. Get all correspondence with both insurance companies in writing.
  9. Do not sign anything until you are done treating and are medically stationary.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.

Truck Driver Dies When Tractor-trailer Flips Over Along Oregon 58

Date: September 5, 2014

Location: Oregon 58 east of Oakridge

Name: Unavailable

Truck Driver Dies When Tractor-trailer Flips Over Along Oregon 58

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Early Friday morning, the driver of a Freightliner tractor-trailor rig loaded with wood products died when he lost control on Oregon 58.

The driver was heading downhill westbound on the highway 25 miles east of Oakridge when the truck failed to negotiate a curve and rolled over onto its side.

Once emergency responders arrived on the scene, the driver was already dead and was wearing his seat belt. Investigators are looking into the scene further.

Car accidents can be life-changing, and we extend our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of the dead man.

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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