On June 15, Henry Rittenhouse, 36, was found in the middle of South 6th Street in Klamath County at 3:47 am, dead at the scene.
Police determined the deceased was struck by a vehicle that fled the scene. The vehicle suspected in the hit and run fatality is gray in color but there was no other information about the suspect vehicle or driver.
Oregon has a new law coming in 2019 that clarifies what the duties are of drivers who may have been involved in a hit and run crash. A driver who believes he or she may have hit something while driving is required to investigate it and report it to authorities.
The new law states that not stopping and investigating and rendering aid to the injured person can result in felony charges. The duties in the new law are an expansion on the old law. Any car accident that results in death, injury or serious property damage must be reported to the Department of Motor Vehicles within 72 hours.
Of course, criminal penalties are just one of the concerns a hit and run driver involved in a fatality can face. Per Oregon Statute 30.020, a wrongful death lawsuit can be filed by the surviving spouse, children, parents, stepchildren, stepparents and other individuals who are legally allowed to inherit any personal property of the deceased. The family has 2 years to file a wrongful death lawsuit, but note that this timeline relates to the injury/event that caused the wrongful death, and not always the date of the death.
You can receive compensation in such a legal action for medical and hospital expenses, funeral costs, lost earnings and benefits the deceased would have earned, lost 401k benefits and life insurance, as well as the loss of companionship. You also can receive compensation for pain and suffering stemming from the devastating loss of your loved one, too. Talk to an Oregon wrongful death attorney for more information.
Losing a loved one in a hit and run accident is devastating. In the blink of an eye, your loved one is gone, and you are left with indescribable emotional and, most likely, financial trauma. Finding a hit and run driver can be a challenge, but if the driver is apprehended by the police, he can face not just serious criminal consequences. You also have the right to file a wrongful death lawsuit to recover compensation for your losses. The Herron Law firm is experienced in holding negligent hit and run drivers responsible for their actions. Please contact our law offices today for a Free Consultation.
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