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Pedestrians and Drivers 2018

Elderly Pedestrian Killed by SUV in SE Portland

An 87-year-old woman died after she was struck by a Jeep Cherokee in southeast Portland on the evening of May 8, 2018.

The Portland police reported the pedestrian was struck by a 30-year-old driver in the 16900 block of SE Division Street at 9:10 PM. The elderly woman died at a local hospital from her injuries.

The driver, George Brackenbury, stayed at the scene after the pedestrian accident and cooperated with investigators. He has been released but the accident is still under investigation.

The name of the 87-year-old woman has not been released by authorities pending notification of her family.

Our Oregon pedestrian accident attorneys are saddened that this elderly pedestrian lost her life in what was likely a preventable accident.

Portland is a haven for pedestrians and bicyclists. But as the city and the state has grown, more pedestrian accidents are occurring each year. According to recent data, there were 35 pedestrian deaths between January and June 2017. That is a rate of .84 per 100,000 people and is the 20th highest rate in the United States.

Oregon is attempting to reduce pedestrian deaths through media campaigns and city infrastructure improvements. In Portland, for example, city officials have added crosswalks with flashing beacons and other technology that catches drivers’ attention to hopefully reduce these accidents.

Yet, as the above tragic accident shows, these terrible mishaps still happen. Some of the most common reasons pedestrian accidents occur are:

  • Distracted driving: More people are texting and driving, and this distraction can lead to an accident
  • Failure to yield at crosswalk: Oregon state law ORS 811.028 requires drivers to yield to pedestrians in crosswalks
  • Improper turn at intersection with crosswalk: Drivers turning right often fail to look for pedestrians in crosswalks

A major problem with a pedestrian accident is the injuries can be severe or even fatal. Serious injuries such as traumatic brain injuries and spinal cord injuries are all too common. If you are a pedestrian who has been injured by a negligent vehicle driver in Portland or elsewhere in Oregon, a personal injury law firm can help you to recover financial losses incurred in the accident, such as:

  • Future earnings or wages
  • Pain and suffering
  • Reimbursement for medical costs
  • Physical therapy and rehabilitation costs
  • Long term care costs

If you have been hit by a careless driver, or if you lost a loved one in a pedestrian accident, it is wise to consult with an Oregon personal injury attorney to consider potential legal action.

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