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***Name Released*** OSP Seeking Public’s Assistance In Fatal Crash Involving Pedestrian – Lane County

The deceased pedestrian has been identified as Jacob D WALTERS, age 28, of Eugene. No further information is available for release at this time.

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On April 18th, 2016 at about 10:34PM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a pedestrian struck on Highway 99W near Clearlake Road just north of Eugene.

Preliminary investigation reveals a 2003 Dodge Ram was traveling southbound on Highway 99W when it struck a pedestrian in the lane of travel. The pedestrian was pronounced deceased at the scene by emergency personnel.

The driver of the Dodge, Ray E LUNT, age 69, of Lincoln City, was not injured in the crash. The identity of the deceased has not been confirmed. That information will be released once the deceased has been identified and a next of kin notification has been conducted.

Highway 99W was partially closed for approximately 4 hours for the investigation. OSP was assisted on scene by Lane Fire Authority, the Oregon Department of Transportation, the Lane County District Attorney’s Office and the Lane County Medical Examiner.

It is believed that one or more persons may have witnessed the incident but not spoke with troopers. OSP is requesting ant persons with information on the incident to call the Springfield Area Command at 541-726-2536. More information will be released as it becomes available as this is an ongoing investigation.

When accidents like this happen it is important that you protect the rights of those who lost their life and their family.

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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8-year-old Killed in Accident in Keizer

(Photo: Keizer PD)

(Photo: Keizer PD)

Date: March 11, 2016

Location: River Road between Sam Orcutt & Sunset in Keizer, Ore.

Victims: Jaren Nash

Keizer, Ore. – Keizer Police Department has reported that an 8-year-old boy was hit by a Vehicle on River Road and has died from his injuries.

At about 7 p.m. on Friday night March 11th, the 8-year-old Jaren Nash was crossing the road with his mother Devon Rutherford of Keizer. They were not in a marked crosswalk when Jaren was struck by a 2006 Ford Explorer driven by William Wetzler, 31, of Salem, on River Road between Sam Orcutt and Sunset, according to Jeff Kuhns with Keizer PD. Despite Jaren being taken by air ambulance to OHSU he unfortunately was not able to survive his extensive injuries and he died at the hospital.

Jaren Nash was a student at Schirle Elementary School in Salem.

The driver William Wetzler remained on scene and cooperated with investigators. It was dark and wet at the time of the accident and the investigation is ongoing.

oregon-wrongful-death-laws-smOur hearts go out to all the members of all the families affected by this accident. This was a terrible tragedy, and we just hope everyone involved in the crash knows that there are a lot of people thinking of them.

The period after an accident like this can be a very confusing and challenging time. 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.

KOIN News reports on the event can be viewed here: http://koin.com/2016/03/11/young-boy-hit-by-car-in-keizer/

Woman hit by truck and killed in Lake Oswego

Date: February 8, 2016

Location: Lake Oswego, Ore.

Names: Vicky Stroh

LAKE OSWEGO, Ore. – Vicky Stroh of Lake Oswego was killed around 5:30 a.m., near the intersection of Highway 217 northbound and Interstate 5 southbound.

According to investigators, Vicky Stroh was in the crosswalk on Highway 217 when she was struck by a vehicle.

Jim Wolf with the Tigard Police Department reported that the accident victim was wearing headphones at the time of the incident and may not have heard the truck coming. Wolf also reported that Stroh had not activated the pedestrian control device on the crosswalk.

The driver of the truck remained at the scene of the accident and cooperated with investigators.

We extend our condolences to the family and friends of Vicky Stroh.

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.

Pedestrian Killed, Driver Injured in Eugene on Interstate 5

Date: January 8, 2016

Location: Interstate 5

Names: Unavailable

Pedestrian Killed, Driver Injured in Eugene on Interstate 5

Friday evening a man was walking across Interstate 5 near the 30th Avenue exit when he was struck and killed by a vehicle.

The man was attempting to cross the southbound lanes of I-5 when he was hit.

The pedestrian caused enough damage to the vehicle that the driver was taken to the hospital. The pedestrian died at the scene.

We extend our condolences to the family and friends of the pedestrian and wish the driver a full and speedy recovery.

In a pedestrian v. car accident, the pedestrian is often seriously injured. In cases where the driver is at fault, the driver’s auto insurance will ultimately compensate the injury victim.

Your own Personal Injury Protection (PIP through your own auto insurance) still applies in this type of case, so use your own auto insurance to pay medical bills until you settle your claim with the at-fault driver’s insurance.

If you don’t have an auto insurance policy, then your health insurance will cover your medical bills. If you don’t have auto or health insurance, the at-fault driver’s PIP should cover your medical bills.

If you are interested in discussing whether you might have a pedestrian accident, call a Portland pedestrian accident attorney for help and a free consultation.

80-year-old Pedestrian Hit by Car, Killed in SE Portland

Date: January 12, 2016

Location: Southeast 156th Avenue and Division Street

Names: Unavailable

80-year-old Pedestrian Hit by Car, Killed in SE Portland

Tuesday morning an elderly woman on a motorized scooter was struck and killed by an SUV in Southeast Portland.

The woman was riding her scooter across Southeast Division Street at Southeast 156th Avenue in a designated crosswalk. The 81-year-old woman died at the scene.

The SUV was heading west on SE Division Street when they struck the woman. The 61-year-old woman, driving a blue Honda SUV, stayed at the scene.

We extend our condolences to the family and friends of the elderly woman.

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.

 

Man Killed by MAX Train in Hillsboro

Date: January 10, 2016

Location: Washington Street

Name: Unavailable

Man Killed by MAX Train in Hillsboro

Sunday night, a man was killed by a MAX Blue Line train when he fell underneath it in Hillsboro.

A man in his 30s stumbled onto the tracks and was hit by the train on Washington Street in Hillsboro.

The crash is still under investigation.

We extend our condolences to the family and friends of the pedestrian.

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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