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Head-On Crash Kills Man on Highway 97

On July 18, head-on crash killed a man from Bend. A white 2005 Jeep Liberty was going south on Highway 97, drove onto the southbound shoulder. The driver overcorrected and spun into the northbound lane. He struck a 2014 Dodge Ram, driven by was Clarence Noblet, 55 and his passenger, Laraine Noblet, also 55. The driver of the Jeep died upon impact. His name has been withheld until the next of kin can be notified. The occupants of the van were taken to a local hospital with serious injuries.

Distracted Driving Will Kill and Injure


The above car accident does not make it clear, but it is obvious the driver of the Jeep was distracted by something that led to a fatal accident that cost him his own life. He may have fallen asleep, looked at a cell phone, played with the radio, etc. Whatever the reason, it is clear that taking your eyes off the road at high speed for even two or three seconds can lead to a serious or fatal accident.

The two occupants of the van were seriously injured, apparently, due to the negligence of the deceased driver. If that is the conclusion of the police at the scene, it is highly likely the couple could file a personal injury lawsuit against the insurance company or the estate of the deceased driver. Many injured parties in car accidents do not know that you can still file suit even if the driver who caused the accident is deceased. It actually is irrelevant to the successful filing of a car accident lawsuit. The driver most likely had insurance on his vehicle, and that policy should pay for much if not all of the couple’s damages.

If the policy does not have enough coverage, a personal injury lawsuit can be paid by proceeds from the driver’s estate, if he had assets.

Were You Hurt in a Car Accident? Speak to a Personal Injury Attorney Now


If you are in a car accident and are hurt by another driver’s negligence, you know this is very stressful. Many people hurt in car accidents in Oregon will have large medical bills, rehabilitation, lost earnings and pain and suffering that is hard to imagine. Many injured drivers and passengers strain to pay medical bills and provide for their loved ones after an accident. If it is shown the other driver caused the crash, you may be able to have a successful claim or verdict.  

The Herron Law Office has many years of experience holding responsible drivers liable for their careless actions that led to your injuries. Even if the driver responsible for your injuries is deceased, we still can obtain compensation for you by working with the auto insurance company for the other driver.

Please contact Car Accident Attorney Bart Herron at The Herron Law today at 503-699-6496 for a Free Consultation.

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