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UPDATE: Speed Racing Suspected As Cause Of Crash That Killed McMinnville Man

Photo Courtesy Oregon State Police

Photo Courtesy Oregon State Police

On May 4, 2016 at about 8:50 PM, OSP Troopers responded to a collision involving two vehicles on Highway 99W near milepost 34 (north of McMinnville).

Initial investigation reveals that a 2010 Mitsubishi Lancer was traveling northbound on Highway 99W when it lost control and spun across the paved center median and struck a southbound 2004 Honda Odyssey van nearly head-on.

The driver of the Mitsubishi, Jeromy G HOPPER, age 24, of McMinnville, was transported to the hospital with serious injuries. HOPPER’s passenger, Natasha FISHER, age 18, of McMinnville was transported by air ambulance to a Portland hospital with critical injuries.

The driver of the Honda, Claudio MARTINEZ MARQUEZ, age 43, of McMinnville, was pronounced deceased at the scene. MARTINEZ MARQUEZ’s passenger, Bonifacio MARTINEZ GARCIA, age 33, of McMinnville was transported to the hospital with serious injuries.

The operator of a Silver 2013 Mitsubishi Lancer remained at the scene after the crash.

Speed racing is being investigated as a factor in the cause of this crash. Anybody with information regarding this crash should call the Oregon State Police at 503-472-2184.

HWY 99W was closed for approximately 8 hours. OSP was assisted by the Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office, McMinnville Police Department, Newberg Police Department ODOT, and McMinnville Fire Department.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of those involved in this accident. This was a terrible accident, and we hope everyone involved in the crash knows that there are thinking of their families and the life lost.

One of the most difficult parts of an accident like this is the fact that there will be immediate bills that will need to be taken care of in a timely manner. The period after an accident like this can be a very confusing and challenging time especially when friends and family may be involved. 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 and how mounting medical bills or a wrongful death can be addressed.

This is a sensitive time for all those involved but it is important to remember that the lives of those left behind must be protected to the fullest extent of the law.

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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Carson Foster Injured in Semi-Truck versus Passenger Vehicle Crash

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(Photo: Courtesy Oregon State Police)

Date: March 15, 2016

Location: Highway 97 and Iris Lane near milepost 103 Jefferson County, Ore.

Victims: Carson Foster

Jefferson County, Ore. – Oregon State Police responded to a report of a semi-truck versus a passenger vehicle on Highway 97 and Iris Lane at about 3:30 a.m. on March 15, 2016.

According to the Oregon State Police’s preliminary investigation it showed that a 2008 Toyota Prius going eastbound on Iris Lane failed to obey the stop sign at Highway 97. The 16-year-old driver, from Culver, Oregon, continued through the stop sign at a high rate of speed and collided with a 2003 Peterbilt tractor trailer. The driver of the Peterbilt, Warren F. Ramey, 72 of Powell Butte, remained on scene and provided a statement that the Toyota was travelling at highway speeds when it ran through the stop making the collision unavoidable. Carson_Foster_Semi_Accident

The massive impact caused the Toyota to roll multiple times, prior to coming to rest in a field. Both occupants of the Toyota had to be extracted from the vehicle. The vehicle’s driver, a 16 year old female resident of Culver , Oregon was taken to Saint Charles Medical Center in Redmond with non-life threatening injuries. Her passenger Carson Foster, 18 of Metolius, Oregon, was taken by air ambulance to St Charles Medical Center in Bend with life-threatening injuries.

Alcohol is being investigated as a contributing factor to the crash. The 16 year old driver was cited at the hospital for Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants, Reckless Driving and Assault in the Second Degree.

Oregon State Police was assisted by the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, Jefferson County Fire and Rescue and the Oregon Department of Transportation.

This is an ongoing investigation that highlights the multiple dangers that all drivers must realize can effect victims for the rest of their lives.

Our hearts go out Carson Foster and her family. This was a terrible accident, and we just hope everyone involved in the crash knows that there are a lot of people thinking of them. Two very young lives were impacted in many ways on the evening of March 15th and it is very fortunate that the impact of this accident wasn’t of an even greater magnitude.

The period after an accident like this can be a very confusing and challenging time especially when friends and family may be involved. 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 and how mounting medical bills can be addressed.

As Portland car accident attorneys, we know that filing an insurance claim can be extremely complicated and stressful but it is important you get the help you need to heal. 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.

Woman Killed in SE Stark Fatal Crash

Date: December 4, 2015

Location: Southeast Stark Street

Names: Linda J. Johnston, Jose D. Lara, Oswaldo A. Reyes

Woman Killed in SE Stark Fatal Crash

Friday morning a woman was killed on Southeast Stark Street when two vehicles slammed into her car.

Two drivers, Jose D. Lara, 18, and Oswaldo A. Reyes, 27, were both speeding heading eastbound on Start Street when they struck a westbound car turning from 160th Avenue.

The driver of the car making the westbound turn, Linda J. Johnston, 65, died in the crash.

Lara and Reyes face charges of manslaughter and reckless driving.

We extend our condolences to the family and friends of Linda J. Johnston.

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.

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.

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.

McMinnville Woman Dies in Single-vehicle Crash

Date: November 12, 2015

Location: Northwest Baker Creek Road

Name: Alexis Anderson

McMinnville Woman Dies in Single-vehicle Crash

Early Thursday morning a woman was killed in a single-vehicle crash on Northwest Baker Creek Road in McMinnville.

A 2003 Acura driven by Alexis Anderson, 24, of McMinnville, overturned and ejected the driver.

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

Police believe speed played a factor in the crash.

We extend our condolences to the family and friends of Alexis Anderson.

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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