On September 24, 2019, on Highway 58 at I-5 interchange near Goshen, Oregon Jeep Cherokee with two young people inside – a driver and his passenger - was going east. For some reason, the driver turned in front of a tractor-trailer to get on I-5 north but it didn't make it. Jeep was hit on the passenger side where Aiden O’Grady was seated. He was killed in the accident. The driver of the Jeep had non-life threatening injuries.
We are sad to say, it is way too common in Oregon car accidents for a passenger to be injured or killed due to the negligence of the driver of their vehicle. In many instances, the driver and passenger are good friends. So, should you file a wrongful death claim against the driver and his insurance company?
It is important to remember that just because you or your loved one was not driving does not mean their injuries are any less serious or less worthy of compensation. In the above accident, unfortunately, the passenger was killed, and it appears the driver of his vehicle caused the accident.
Aiden's loved ones may wonder whether to seek compensation for the death of their child. Regardless of the relationship between that passenger and driver, the surviving family can and should file a wrongful death lawsuit against the driver and his insurance policy.
There are several reasons to file a wrongful death claim in this situation:
Please DO remember that insurance companies often benefit because people are reluctant to file lawsuits against friends.
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