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Fatal Accidents And Wrongful Death Claims In Oregon

Losing a loved one can be emotionally and physically devastating. If the person who has passed was the breadwinner of the household, it could have a significant financial impact as well. Our compassionate team is dedicated to helping families find justice and closure after a fatal auto accident. If you’ve lost a loved one due to someone else’s negligence, our Oregon wrongful death attorneys can help you recover maximum compensation for your losses.

Causes Of Fatal Accidents

A car crash, motorcycle accident, pedestrian, or bicycle accident can be caused by just one wrong move, or many different elements can converge to cause a deadly motor vehicle accident. Some common factors involved in fatal accidents include:


Speeding — Vehicles traveling at high speeds can turn a fender-bender into a fatal crash.

Alcohol & drugs — Driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs can significantly impair your ability to operate a motor vehicle safely. According to the Oregon Department of Transportation, nearly half of all crashes resulting in serious injury or death each year involve drivers who were under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Distracted driving — Talking and texting, adjusting controls, eating, and dealing with pets or kids while driving are just a few distractions that can lead to fatal accidents. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), approximately nine people are killed in accidents involving a distracted driver every day.

Aggressive driving — Aggressive driving is a serious problem on Oregon roadways and across the country. Speeding, swerving in and out of traffic, running red lights, and tailgating are some of the most common forms of aggressive driving. According to the NHTSA, more than 11,000 people are killed in crashes caused by aggressive driving each year.

Drowsy driving — Driver fatigue can be a major factor in fatal accidents, especially those involving big rigs and other commercial trucks. Due to their large size and weights, accidents involving tractor-trailers often result in catastrophic injury or death.

Defective parts or design — Malfunctioning auto parts, defective tires, and design defects, such as those that cause rollover accidents, can cause serious, fatal crashes.

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Recovering Damages In An Oregon Wrongful Death Accident Claim

No amount of money can bring your loved one back, but our wrongful death attorneys can help you recover compensation for your losses to protect your family’s financial future. You may be entitled to damages, such as:

  • Accident-related medical expenses
  • Funeral and burial costs
  • Past and future lost wages and benefits
  • Compensation for the pain and suffering of the deceased
  • Loss of care, companionship, comfort, and guidance

How A Wrongful Death Lawyer Can Help

Our Salem wrongful death attorneys thoroughly investigate the circumstances surrounding your loved one’s accident. We understand how to accurately value your claim and pursue every possible avenue of compensation. Our wrongful death attorneys provide compassionate legal support that helps take some of the weight off your shoulders, so your family can focus on healing.

Contact Our Wrongful Death Attorneys To Learn More

If you’ve lost a loved one in an accident, our caring legal team at Johnson and Taylor can help. Our wrongful death attorneys in Salem, Oregon, also serve clients in Keizer, Woodburn, Albany, and Dallas, as well as Marion, Polk, Linn, and Yamhill counties. Members of our team are also fluent in Spanish. Contact us online or call 503-990-6641 to schedule a consultation.