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Amity Woman Dies in Highway 99W Head-on Crash

Date: December 21, 2015

Location: Highway 99W

Names: Terrence Chitwood, Kristyanne Devries, Doris Chitwood, Michael Miller, Lindsey Patterson

Amity Woman Dies in Highway 99W Head-on Crash

On Monday a woman died after a head-on crash along Highway 99W south of McMinnville.

A Ford Flex driven by Terrence Chitwood, 67, of Amity, was headed southbound on Highway 99W and crossed the center line and collided head-on with a Toyota Yaris.

The driver of the Yaris, Kristyanne Devries, 65, of Amity, suffered critical injuries and later died at OHSU.

Chitwood and his passenger, Doris Chitwood, 66, of Amity were taken to the hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

A third vehicle driven by Michael Miller, 37, of Corvallis, was traveling behind the Yaris and collided with the Flex.

Miller and his passenger, Lindsey Patterson, 34, of Corvallis, both sustained minor injuries.

We extend our condolences to the family and friends of Kristyanne Devries 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.

Two Killed on Highway 99W in Polk County Crash

Date: December 10, 2015

Location: Highway 99W

Names: Jesus Negrete Ramirez, Consuelo Aguinaga Martinez, Kimberly L. Williams

Two Killed in Highway 99W Crash in Polk County

Thursday evening, two died when their vehicle swerved in front of oncoming traffic on Oregon 99W north of Monmouth.

A Honda driven by Jesus Negrete Ramirez, 47, of McMinnville, was headed north on the highway when it crossed in front of a southbound Volkswagen. The Volkswagen struck the Honda on the passenger side. Ramirez and his passenger, Consuelo Aguinaga Martinez, 49, of McMinnville both died at the scene.

The Volkswagen driver, Kimberly L. Williams, 49, was taken to the hospital with non life-threatening injuries.

We extend our condolences to the family and friends of Jesus Negrete Ramirez and Consuelo Aguinaga Martinez.  We wish Kimberly L. Williams 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.

Two Dead in T-bone Crash on 99W

Date: December 10, 2015

Location: Oregon 99W

Names: Unavailable

Two Dead in T-bone Crash on 99W

On Thursday, two people died and others may have been injured in a double fatality crash on Highway 99W about six miles from Rickreal.

A vehicle carrying two passengers crossed into oncoming traffic and was t-boned by another vehicle.

Both passengers in the car died and others may have been injured.

The crash is under investigation.

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.

Woman and Young Child Killed in Car Crash near Eugene

Date: September 8, 2015

Location: Oregon 99W

Names: Amanda D. Wall, Cory A. Wall, Randall G. Likens

Woman and Young Child Killed in Car Crash near Eugene

Tuesday evening a Eugene woman and 2-year-old boy were killed in a collision on Oregon 99W north of Junction City.

A southbound Kenworth truck towing a box trailer drifted off the Highway and then back onto the road and crossed the center line. The truck collided head-on with a Ford pickup truck.

Passengers of the pickup truck, Amanda D. Wall, 28, of Eugene, and a 2-year-old boy were killed in the crash.

The pickup was driven by Cory A. Wall, of Eugene, and the fourth passenger was a 3-year-old boy. The condition of them is unknown.

Randall G. Likens, 56, of Chesire, was driving the Kenworth truck and was taken to a local hospital with minor injuries.

We extend our condolences to the family and friends of Amanda D. Wall and the young boy.  We 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.

Fatal Crash on Oregon 99W near Lafayette Under Investigation

Date: August 21, 2015

Location: Oregon 99W

Names: Fernando Lopez, David Logsdon, Diane Logsdon

Fatal Crash on Oregon 99W near Lafayette Under Investigation

On Friday a man died in a fatal two-vehicle crash on Oregon 99W north of Lafayette.

A 1990 Ford Crown Victoria was headed northbound on the highway when it collided with the driver’s side of a 2000 Acura Integra. The Integra was merging onto the highway from Southeast Locks Loop Road.

The driver of the Integra, Fernando Lopez, 21, of McMinnville, died from the crash.

David Logsdon, 60, of McMinnville, the Ford driver, and passenger Diane Logsdon, 60, of McMinnville, were both taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

We extend our condolences to the family and friends of Fernando Lopez and wish the Logsdon’s 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.

Single-vehicle Crash Kills 18-year-old in Benton County

Date: July 30, 2015

Location: Oregon 99W

Name: Unavailable

Single-vehicle Crash Kills 18-year-old in Benton County

Thursday evening a 18-year-old was found dead after a pickup truck crash occurred in Benton County.

A Ford F-150 pickup truck drifted into the oncoming lane for an unknown reason before it left the road and hit a tree on Oregon 99W past Old River Road.

The driver was pronounced dead at the scene.

Deputies believe fatigue may have contributed to the cause of the crash.

Car accidents can be life-changing, and we extend our condolences to the driver.

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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