Woodburn, OR (August, 18) — Last Tuesday, August 16th at approximately 2:40 pm, emergency services responded to reports of a fatal accident involving a semi on I-5 SB near milepost 277 in Marion County.
According to reports from authorities, an 18-year-old male was driving a Honda Civic southbound on I-5. The driver of the civic then made a lane change from the left lane to the center lane when he crossed the path of a 2015 Freightliner semi-truck.
The driver of the Civic was pronounced dead on the scene, his passenger was taken to an area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
The driver of the semi-truck was uninjured.
Our hearts go out to all of the victims and their families and we wish them all the best in dealing with this tragic accident.
Wrongful Death Claims in the State of Oregon.
Losing a loved one suddenly in an auto accident can be an unbelievably traumatic time in one’s life. Not only do you have to deal with the trial of processing grief, but there are also numerous financial strains involved as well.
Things like funeral costs, medical bills, and lost income can make the situation even more difficult to cope with. It is in these types of situations that many victims will choose to file what is called a “wrongful death claim”.
A wrongful death, in simple terms, is a legal term for when a person dies as a direct result of the legal fault of another person or entity. Many wrongful death claims are made in the aftermath of an auto accident where one party is killed due to the negligent or reckless driving of another party.
Fortunately, Oregon is known as an accommodating state for personal injury and wrongful death claims. For example, in Oregon, the wrongful death laws make it so that a surviving family member of the deceased party can file on behalf of the victim.
Taking advantage of a free consultation with an experienced Woodburn wrongful death attorney can help out greatly with determining whether or not you have a case.
A wrongful death case is not necessarily a criminal case. In a civil wrongful death case, the amount of liability is determined and the plaintiff will receive financial compensation in terms of “damages”. In a criminal case, the penalty also carries the threat of prison time or other criminal charges.
Here at Johnson & Taylor, our team of seasoned attorneys has worked extensively with victims and families of wrongful deaths and knows what to do to help them get the compensation they deserve.
We offer free consultations so that you can have your legal case assessed without fear of further financial stress. We understand what you’re going through and want to make sure that everything goes smoothly for you. You deserve to focus on your family and healing without worrying about bills and debt.
Do not suffer in silence any longer, continue forward in confidence with a knowledgeable attorney by your side. Get the maximum compensation possible and contact us using the link on our website or by calling (503) 990-6641 to schedule an appointment with one of our attorneys. We are here to help in your time of need.
Note: Our team of writers utilizes secondary sources when creating these accident news posts. These sources include local and state police incident reports, news media outlets, social media posts, and at times, eyewitness accounts about accidents in and around Salem, Oregon. We have not independently verified all of the facts surrounding this accident. If you locate something incorrect in our post, please contact Johnson & Taylor right away so that we can correct the post with the updated information. We will take this post down if requested.
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