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OSP Continuing Fatal Crash Investigation On Highway 58 – Lane County

Photo Courtesy of Oregon State Police

Photo Courtesy of Oregon State Police

On June 1, 2016 at about 12:05AM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a passenger car versus a semi-truck on Highway 58 near milepost 42 (east of Oakridge). Initial reports were the pickup was on fire.

Preliminary investigation revealed a 1997 Ford F150 was traveling westbound in the eastbound lane on Highway 58 when it collided head-on with a 2007 Kenworth truck tractor towing a box trailer. After impact the Ford became engulfed in flames and the truck drove off the highway into the ditch. Fire personnel arrived on scene and extinguished the fire, finding the driver deceased inside. The driver of the Kenworth, Ivan SLAVNIK, age 34, of Portland was not injured.

Highway 58 was closed for approximately an hour and a half before one lane was opened for traffic. The name of deceased will be released after family has been notified. More information will be released when it becomes available.

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.

Fatal Crash on Highway 26 North of Banks – Washington County

Photo Courtesy of Oregon State Police

Photo Courtesy of Oregon State Police

On May 23, 2016 at about 6:44 a.m., Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a two vehicle crash on Highway 26 near milepost 49 (north of Banks).

Preliminary investigation revealed a 2003 Chevrolet pickup was traveling westbound on Highway 26 when it crossed over the centerline for unknown reasons. The Chevrolet collided head-on with an eastbound 1993 Peterbilt commercial motor vehicle towing a trailer loaded with logs.

The driver of the Chevrolet, Bradley Cole VANDEHEY, age 20, of Hillsboro, was pronounced deceased on scene by emergency personnel. The driver of the truck, Raymond Michael SCOTT, age 32, of Tillamook, was injured and transported to OHSU where he was treated and released.

Contributing factors to the crash are still under investigation.

Highway 26 was closed for over six hours with an established detour. OSP was assisted by the Oregon Department of Transportation, Banks Fire Department and Washington County Sheriff’s Office.

More information will be released when it is available.

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.

***Name Released*** Commercial Vehicle Crash On Interstate 5 Kills Driver – Douglas County

I-5_Commercial_AccidentThe deceased driver was identified as Allen W SMITH, age 52, of Martinez, California. Information will be released as it becomes available as this is an ongoing investigation

***End Update***

Previous Release:
On April 25, 2016 at about 330AM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a crash involving a commercial vehicle on Interstate 5 near milepost 100 (just north of Canyonville).

Preliminary investigation reveals a 2015 Freightliner towing a trailer was traveling southbound on Interstate 5 when it drove off the roadway and into the center median. It rolled over and came to rest on it’s roof. The cargo, laminated beams, spilled onto the northbound lane of travel of Interstate 5.

The driver of the truck, an adult male was pronounced deceased on scene by emergency personnel. A dog that was in the truck was taken to a local veterinarian for treatment.
The northbound and southbound fast lanes were closed during the investigation and clean up. Name of the deceased will be released after the family has been notified. More information will be released as it becomes available as this is an ongoing investigation.

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 for the life lost.

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.

Milton Vaughn Killed in Fatal Semi-Truck Accident on Interstate 84

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(Photo Courtesy: Oregon State Police)

Date: March 15, 2016

Location: Interstate 84 near Farewell Bend- Baker County, Ore.

Victims: Ivan Berezin, Abraham Garza Tanguma, Milton Vaughn

Baker County, Ore. – Oregon State Police and emergency crews responded at about 11:25 a.m. to a semi-truck rollover crash on Interstate 84 near mile-post 349, on March 15, 2016.

At approximately 11:55 a.m., as emergency crews were responding to the first reported accident, a second crash that occurred between two commercial motor vehicles, occurred at milepost 348 eastbound, killing a driver.

Oregon State Police preliminary investigation indicates that at 11:25 a.m., a 2006 Freightliner pulling a 2010 Utility semi-trailer, operated by Ivan Brezin, 34, of Gresham, and was traveling eastbound on Interstate 84 at milepost 349 for some unknown reason, his vehicle veered off the road and into the median. The vehicle then came back onto the road and flipped blocking all eastbound lanes.

Eastbound traffic had stopped and included a 2015 Kenworth pulling a 2012 utility semi-trailer, operated by Abraham Garza Tanguma, age 33, from Rio Grande City, Texas, at milepost 348.

At about 11:55 a.m, a Freightliner pulling a Great Dane semi-trailer, operated by Milton Vaughn, age 62, from Altoona, Kansas, was traveling eastbound, when he approached the stopped traffic and collided into the rear of Garza Tanguma’s semi-truck trailer at a highway rate of speed.

Vaughn’s vehicle was carrying hazardous materials (Aluminum Oxide Powder UN3175) and the containers were breached and leaking, according to Oregon State Police. Hazmat Teams were deployed from the Ontario Fire Department and were assisted by H20 Environmental from Boise, Idaho for cleanup.

Milton Vaughn sustained fatal injuries in the collision and was pronounced deceased at the scene. Berezin was transported by air ambulance to Saint Alphonsus Medical Center in Boise, Idaho and Garza Tanguma was transported by ground ambulace to Saint Alphonsus Medical Cneter in Ontario, Oregon.

Oregon State Police was assisted by Oregon Department of Transportation, Hazmat 14, Ontario Fire Department, H20 Environmental and Baker County Sheriff’s Office.

This is an ongoing investigation that highlights the multiple dangers that commercial drivers face on a daily basis.

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 for those lives lost and a lot of people wishing the survivors a speedy recovery.

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.

 

Damoneisha D Callhoun Seriously Injured in Accident

Damoneisha_Calhoun_Accident

Date: March 09, 2016

Location: Highway 34 near milepost 5 east of Corvallis, Ore.

Victims: Damoneisha D Calhoun

Corvallis, Ore. – Oregon State Police responded to a report of a two vehicle collision on Highway 34 at about 11:00 a.m. on March 09, 2016.

The investigation indicates that a 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt was driven by Damoneisha D Calhoun, age 21, of Beaverton. Calhoun was driving westbound on Highway 34 and approaching Oakville Road North when a 2015 Kenworth truck towing a 2004 Western States trailer turned onto the highway from Oakville North and came into the path of Calhoun’s car. Calhoun’s vehicle collided directly into the side of the Western States trailer that was being towed.

Both vehicles came to rest in the middle of the road with Calhoun’s care partially under the trailer.

The driver of the Chevrolet, Damoneisha D Calhoun had to be extricated from the vehicle by fire personnel with the Jaws of Life. Once extricated Calhoun was rushed to Good Samaritan Hospital in Corvallis with serious injuries. The driver of the Kenworth, Charles M Brennan, age 55, of White City was not injured in the crash and was cooperating fully with investigators.

Our hearts go out Damoneisha Calhoun 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.

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.

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.

Vancouver Man Hit & Killed While Chaining Up Semi-Truck on I-84

Date: January 31, 2016

Location: Interstate 84

Names: Igor Nikolaychuk

According to Lt. Cari Boyd with Oregon State Patrol, Igor Nikolaychuk 50 was struck by an out-of-control car on I-84. Igor was chaining up the left side of his semi-truck when a Cadillac driven by an unidentified 21-year-old woman from Idaho slid on an icy patch and slammed into him. Igor was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the Cadillac remained at the scene of the accident and was fully cooperative with Oregon State Patrol officers.

Semi-Truck winter driving

At the time of the incident the roads were icy, the visibility was impeded by fog and the Cadillac lost control sliding into Igor Nikolaychuk. Investigators sited that the Cadillac was traveling westbound on I-84 when it hit a patch of ice and slid into Nikolaychuk, pushing him underneath the trailer and killing him. The driver of the car was not seriously injured and no citations were issued.

The accident occurred at 8:30am on January 31st, 2016 near North Powder, Oregon.

We extend our condolences to the family and friends of Igor Nikolaychuk.

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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