Dangerous Highways in Oregon

Dangerous Highways 2018

Child Dies in I-82 Crash in Northeast Oregon

A 12-year-old boy died, and three others were injured in a May 9, 2018 car accident on I-82 near Umatilla, according to the Oregon State Police.

State troopers were called to the accident scene at 7:15 PM after a report of a single-car crash near milepost 4 on I-82. According to initial reports, driver Raymond Shippentower, 32, was driving west in a Mazda MPV when the vehicle ran off the road and rolled in the median.

The 12-year-old boy died at the scene. Shippentower and a 38-year-old woman and 3-year-old girl passenger each suffered minor or non-life-threatening injuries in the car accident.

Police are uncertain what caused the driver to lose control of the vehicle, but they noted that rain and wind may have been a factor.

Our Oregon car accident attorneys send condolences to the family of the deceased child in this tragic car accident. We hope the other accident victims have a quick recovery to health.

It is not yet certain what caused this accident, but police believe weather was a factor. The Federal Highway Administration reports that approximately 22% of the car accidents that happen every year – approximately 1.25 million – are related to weather. Nearly 6,000 people die and 445,000 people are hurt in car accidents every year due to poor weather.

Some of the adverse weather conditions that can lead to a serious or fatal car accident include:

  • Rain
  • Sleet
  • Snow
  • Fog
  • Heavy crosswinds

It is important for all drivers to remember during poor weather conditions to slow down. Even if you are going the speed limit, poor weather conditions could require you to drive slower. Perhaps if the driver in this tragedy had slowed down, the accident could have been avoided.

In accidents involving negligence and a death, it is possible for the family of the deceased to file a wrongful death lawsuit, as noted in ORS 30.010-30.070. Certain beneficiaries can receive compensation; in this accident, the parents could receive compensation, if the driver is unrelated to the child who died. Potential compensation could include pain and suffering, medical costs, funeral expenses, and lost potential wages of the child after he reached adulthood.

However, a wrongful death lawsuit must be filed in Oregon within three years of the injury that caused the death. So, if you are in an accident with death due to the negligence of another driver, remember to seek the advice of an experienced personal injury attorney well before the statute of limitations expires.

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