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Car Hits Pole, Causes 14 Blocks to Lose Power on Powell Blvd

Date: November 24, 2015

Location: Southeast Powell Boulevard

Name: Unavailable

Car Hits Pole, Causes 14 Blocks to Lose Power on Powell Blvd

Tuesday morning, a car hit a power pole that shut down 14 blocks of power on Southeast Powell Boulevard and injured the driver.

The vehicle struck the pole near 124th Avenue and the driver was taken to the hospital for treatment of their injuries.

The crash knocked out power from 122nd Avenue to 136th Avenue and about 8,000 Portland General Electric customers.

Police believe speed may have been a factor in the cause of the crash.

Car accidents can be life-changing, and we hope the driver 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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Pedestrian Injured in Southeast Portland Hit-and-run

Date: October 29, 2015

Location: Southeast Powell Boulevard and 130th Avenue

Names: Miguel Jay Venegas, Larry Venegas

Pedestrian Injured in Southeast Portland Hit-and-run

Thursday evening a pedestrian was critically injured in a hit-and-run on Southeast Powell Boulevard at 130th Avenue.

A 38-year-old man was found on the roadway with traumatic injuries and was taken to nearby hospital.

With help from witnesses, officers were able to locate the suspect vehicle in a garage of a home on Southeast 138th Avenue.

The driver, Miguel Jay Venegas, 21, and his passenger, Larry Venegas, 43, were arrested at the home.

Miguel Venegas was driving east on Powell when he struck the pedestrian near the side of the road.

We hope the pedestrian is able to recover from this accident, and that the hit and run driver is held accountable. Hit and run drivers are cowards and criminals, and as Portland attorneys for hit and run injury victims we hope this driver is found soon. Remember, hit and run drivers can be punished in both criminal and civil cases.

According to Oregon law (ORS 811.705), drivers are required to remain at the scene if anyone is injured. If a driver does not do this, they can have criminal charges brought against them once they are found.

We encourage anyone who has witnessed a hit and run to come forward with information! You can call our office and we will ensure that your identity is protected, and the information is sent to the right person. If you feel more comfortable calling a hotline, DuBois Law Group LLC sponsors the Hit and Run Reward program that gives financial incentives for reluctant witnesses to come forward after hit and run incidents. Remember, you are helping the person who was hit and you are helping protect our streets from drivers who do not obey the laws.

In cases like this, the hit and run driver can also have a civil lawsuit brought against them for all damages to the injury victim. Anyone injured by a hit and run driver has the right to seek legal recourse for injuries and damages to property. This compensation can come from the at-fault driver’s insurance or any personal assets they have.

In many cases, the hit and run driver left the scene because:

  • They did not have insurance.
  • They were driving intoxicated.

If the driver was driving intoxicated, you may still be able to file a claim with their insurance company, if you can identify the driver.

If you cannot find the driver, however, OR they do not have insurance, you can still file a claim through your own uninsured motorist (UIM) coverage on your own auto policy.

We understand that this is a complicated process, and we recommend discussing your case with a Portland hit and run accident attorney who offers free consultations if you have any questions.

Woman Ejected from her Car on Powell Boulevard in SE Portland

Date: September 6, 2015

Location: Southeast Powell Boulevard and 78th Avenue

Name: Jane Taylor Robson

Woman Ejected from her Car on Powell Boulevard in SE Portland

Sunday early morning, a woman was ejected from her car after crashing it on Southeast Powell Boulevard at 78th Avenue.

Jane Taylor Robson, 23, was heading east on Powell in a 1995 maroon Nissan Altima, when she struck the cement island divider at a high rate of speed. The vehicle left the road, hit a tree and she was ejected on impact.

Robson remains in critical condition with life-threatening injuries.

Police believe alcohol may have been a contributing factor in the single-car crash.

Car accidents can be life-changing, and we hope Jane Taylor Robson 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.

Woman Hurt as Car and Trash Truck Collide

Date: April 17, 2015

Location: Southeast Powell and 136th

Names: Unavailable

Woman Hurt as Car and Trash Truck Collide

Early Friday morning a woman was hospitalized when her car and a trash truck collided in Southeast Portland.

The crash occurred on SE Powell at 136th when a red Ford Taurus was crush by a Trashco truck.

The Taurus driver was taken to the hospital and is expected to recover. The truck driver was not injured.

We wish the woman 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.

Bus Strikes and Kills Woman on Interstate 205

Date: February 5, 2015

Location: I-205

Name: Unavailable

Bus Strikes and Kills Woman on Interstate 205

Early Thursday morning, a bus fatally struck a woman on northbound I-205.

The woman was struck between Southeast Powell Boulevard and Southeast Division Street and she died at the scene.

The driver of a George Fox University bus stopped after the collision.

We extend our condolences to the family and friends of the dead 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 (time limit on filing a claim) is different. For most car accidents, the SOL is 2 years, but for wrongful death, the SOL is “three years after the injury causing the death . . . is discovered or reasonably should have been discovered. . . .” In other words, it’s not three years from the date of death; it’s three years from the date of the original injury that ultimately caused the death.

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 as well.

Compensatory damages include.

  • Charges for medical services;
  • Charges for burial and memorial services;
  • Compensation that the decedent would have been entitled to for disability, pain, 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 Seriously Injured after being Hit by Car in Southeast Portland

Date: January 2, 2015

Location: Southeast Powell Boulevard and 125th Place

Names: Unavailable

Pedestrian Seriously Injured after being Hit by Car in Southeast Portland

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Late Thursday night, a man was seriously injured after being hit by a car on Southeast Powell Boulevard.

The 64-year-old man was walking along the road near 125th Place when he stepped off the curb and was hit by a car driven by a 38-year-old woman.

The man was taken to a nearby hospital with serious injuries.

The woman was no under the influence and is cooperating with the investigation. The intersection had no marked crosswalk or pedestrian signals and the man was wearing dark clothing.

We wish the man a full and speedy recovery.

Pedestrians are extremely vulnerable on the road, as cars are so much heavier. In many cases, pedestrians hit by cars are seriously injured or even killed. And, in many cases, the driver is at fault. While this is not always true (sometimes pedestrians cross without a crosswalk, or run out into the street, etc.), in cases where the driver IS at fault, the driver’s auto insurance should compensate the injury victim.

First, in Oregon, according to ORS 742.520, the driver’s personal injury protection (PIP) should cover the injured person’s initial medical bills and lost wages. If these damages exceed the PIP limits (usually $15,000, the requirement in Oregon), then the at-fault driver’s liability insurance should cover the rest of the damages in a personal injury settlement.

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

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