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Bend Parkway Head-On Crash Causes Critical Injuries to Ten-Year-Old Child

A recent crash on the Bend Parkway sent a ten-year-old boy to the hospital with critical injuries. This tragedy highlights the serious nature of head-on collisions, which are among the most serious and deadly type of car accident.

The accident occurred in the morning of April 19th on the Bend Parkway near the Northwest Hawthorne Avenue exit. A 2007 Chevy Silverado pickup travelling in the northbound lane crossed over the center median and collided with a Subaru Impreza heading south. The driver of the Chevy, a 33-year-old Bend resident, was trapped in his vehicle and had to be removed by Bend fire crews, although his injuries were deemed non-life-threatening. The driver of the Subaru, a 27-year-old Bend resident, did not appear to suffer injuries which were noticeable at the time of the accident. Unfortunately, his passenger, a ten-year-old boy, was critically injured in the crash. The child was taken to St. Charles Medical Center – Bend and later flown to a Portland hospital where he was listed in critical condition. Thankfully, his condition was upgraded to fair a few days later.

Oregon State Police had the southbound lanes blocked for over an hour while they investigated the accident, and police are asking any witnesses to the crash to come forward. Meanwhile, we wish the boy a full and complete recovery.

Head-on collisions are the most dangerous, deadly car crashes

Head-on or frontal crashes are considered to be the type of car accident which are most likely to result in driver fatalities, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Even though head-on collisions make up only around two percent of car accidents in the US annually, they are responsible for approximately ten percent of all traffic-related fatalities each year.

One reason that frontal crashes are so serious is simple physics. In a rear-end collision or side impact crash, the force which the striking car imparts to the victim’s vehicle is actually lessened by the different trajectory of the vehicle getting hit. In a head-on collision, however, the energy of both vehicles are combined, greatly magnifying the force of the impact. The faster each car is traveling, the more violent the impact.

Another reason frontal crashes often result in serious injury is the fact that these accidents frequently occur because the negligent driver is either impaired by alcohol or drugs, or has fallen asleep at the wheel or lacks attention due to drowsiness and fatigue. These drivers drift into an oncoming lane without realizing it and therefore do not attempt to brake or take other steps to lessen the impact of an impending crash.

If you or a loved one has suffered a serious injury in an Oregon car accident caused by another driver’s negligence through impaired, distracted or drowsy driving, contact the Bend law office of Dwyer Williams Cherkoss Attorneys, PC for a no-cost consultation at 541-617-0555. We can arrange to meet you at our offices in Bend, Portland, Eugene, Medford, Roseburg and Grants Pass, or we can come to you.

Study Reveals that More Accidents Caused by Drowsy Driving than Previously Known

Drowsy driving can be a challenging driving behavior to uncover. If law enforcement officers notice a car traveling erratically, it may not be obvious if the driver is drunk or merely falling asleep. If police pull that driver over, the driver may have been startled awake by the threat of receiving a citation by the time police get to the car, and there is no roadside chemical test to uncover sleepiness as there is with drug or alcohol intoxication. In order to show the public how dangerous this behavior can be, a group of researchers has recently published a study showing how often drowsy driving is a factor in dangerous crashes.

Researchers study drowsy driving by using video footage

The researchers at AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety used a new approach to uncover how often drowsy drivers were responsible for causing accidents on US roads. These researchers used video footage taken of drivers who agreed to be filmed while they were behind the wheel as participants in a long-term driving habits study. In order to learn whether drivers were drowsy at the time of a crash, the researchers gathered the six seconds of footage taken before drivers were involved in a crash to examine more closely. The researchers used established methods of identifying drowsiness; namely, by slowing down the footage and noting how long drivers’ eyes were closed in a frame-by-frame analysis.

Drowsy driving has big impact on crash rate

The researchers found that between 9% and 9.6% of all drivers showed signs of being drowsy prior to a crash. Accidents involving injury or serious property damage were even more likely to involve a drowsy driver; over 10% of drivers involved in these accidents showed signs of drowsiness.

Drivers who choose to get behind the wheel when they’re too sleepy to drive safely are putting other drivers and roadway occupants at serious risk of injury. When drowsy drivers cause crashes on Oregon roads, victims may be entitled to financial compensation for the costs of their injuries. A skilled personal injury attorney can help you gather evidence that can prove a driver’s drowsiness, such as eyewitnesses who can testify to the driver’s erratic driving prior to the crash, or even surveillance footage that showed the driver nodding off behind the wheel.

If you or a loved one has been injured in an Oregon crash with a drowsy or otherwise dangerous driver, contact the seasoned and professional Bend personal injury attorneys at Dwyer Williams Cherkoss Attorneys, PC for a consultation at 541-617-0555, with additional offices in Eugene, Portland, Roseburg, Medford, and Grants Pass.

Wintry Weather Results in Fatal Accident in Clackamas County

A snowy highway is believed to be responsible for a head-on crash that killed one young passenger and injured two others. The crash is a cautionary tale of the perils of driving in wintry weather. Read on for information on how to drive safely during the season of snow and ice on roadways, and contact a knowledgeable Bend personal injury lawyer if you’re hurt in a crash.

Snowy road causes driver to lose control and veer into opposing lane

The fatal crash occurred on the afternoon of Sunday, December 3. A white Ford Excursion was traveling west on Highway 26 near Government Camp, Oregon at the time of the accident. The 53-year-old driver explained to law enforcement that he lost control of the SUV, causing him to veer into the eastbound lane, where a 48-year-old Redmond woman was driving her 68-year-old mother and 9-year-old son in their 2013 Subaru Outback. The young boy was declared dead at the scene of the accident. His grandmother was airlifted to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland, and his mother was taken to a local hospital via ambulance. None of the three occupants in the Excursion were sufficiently injured to require hospitalization.

Winter weather requires attentive driving and car maintenance

Now that winter weather has arrived in Oregon, drivers must take extra care to ensure that they’re a safe presence on the road, both for their own well-being and that of others on the road. Drivers should take the time now to ensure that their vehicles are winter-ready. See that your tires have thick tread that can safely navigate wet or slippery roads, and that they’re fully inflated. Make sure you carry safety equipment such as ice scrapers, tire chains, and emergency lighting in your vehicle. Drivers should take extra care when driving on bridges and overpasses, as these roadways can freeze earlier than other roads. Keep your eyes peeled for black, shiny patches on the roadway; black ice can be extremely difficult to safely navigate. If you do find yourself on ice, slow your vehicle down and try not to apply the brakes, which can cause skidding and loss of control. Drivers who speed or fail to take extra care when driving on snowy or icy roads can face liability for accidents that result from their negligent driving. An experienced Oregon personal injury lawyer can help you file a claim for damages after a winter weather crash.

If you’ve been hurt in an accident in Oregon, find out if you’re owed money damages for your injuries by contacting the seasoned and dedicated Bend personal injury lawyers at Dwyer Williams Cherkoss Attorneys, P.C. for a free consultation at 541-617-0555.

Teenage Driver Injured in Major Car Accident Airlifted

A car accident along the Oregon 99E south caused serious injuries to a 19-year old driver. Initial investigation showed that the injured driver was in a white Ford Focus when a gold Cadillac struck the driver’s side door. The impact of the crash caused serious damage to the victim’s vehicle.

Due to the severity of his injuries, it was necessary for the teenaged driver to be flown and transferred to Willamette Falls Medical Center for immediate treatment.

Investigation into the circumstances of the car accident is ongoing.

Claiming Compensation for Car Accident

Considering that the point of impact of the car crash was at the driver’s side, the injured driver could have suffered from traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, fractures, and other internal injuries that require extensive and costly medical treatment and care.

If the injured driver is employed, he may also suffer from lost income and an impairment of his future earning capacity. Needless to say, the accident can significantly transform the life of the injured driver forever.

Just like the injured teenager, if you or a loved one is involved in a car accident resulting in serious injuries, you may be entitled to compensation under Oregon state law.

What you can claim in a car accident

Oregon revised statutes allow an injured party to recover economic and noneconomic damages. Economic damages refer to objectively verifiable expenses such as

  • Hospital
  • Medical
  • Nursing
  • Rehabilitation
  • Other costs of health care services
  • Lost income
  • Impairment of future earning capacity
  • Damage to reputation
  • Cost of substitute domestic services, and
  • Repair or replacement costs of the damaged car

Noneconomic damages are intended to compensate for non-monetary losses such as pain, mental anguish, emotional distress, humiliation, loss of care, companionship, consortium, and disruption of the normal and usual activities that are not related to gainful employment.

An additional monetary award considered as ‘punitive damages’ is also recoverable if the other driver is found to have been drunk driving. Punitive damages are intended to punish the negligent driver for his recklessness that caused the accident.

When to File a Compensation Claim

Oregon laws generally prescribe a period of two years from the time of the injury within which to file a claim for compensation, beyond which, the claim may be barred. In some cases, the compensation claim can expire in a period shorter than 2 years. Other types of claims require that formal notice of claim be given within a very short time period – usually 180 days. These claims include those involving any state, county or local governmental agency or a bar over-serving its patrons. Thus, it is important to seek the advice of a personal injury attorney immediately in order to preserve your claim.

In Portland, Oregon, the accident injury attorneys at Dwyer Williams Cherkoss have over 100 years of combined car accident experience. We have helped clients recover compensation in over 600 cases in the last three years alone.

Call us today at (541) 617-0555 for a free initial consultation.

The Common Causes of Auto Accidents

Auto accidents happen every day, all around the world. In total, over 10 million car crashes occur in this country every year, and, sadly, earlier this year [August], four people were killed in a single car crash in Sandy that ended in a fiery explosion.

While this crash only involved one car, such collisions can often involve multiple vehicles. Although there are many things that can cause a car wreck to occur, some are more common than others. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has identified two circumstances that have been responsible for most automobile accidents: driver error and “everything else.”

What is Driver Error?

Driver error is most often referred to as “distracted driving.” Unfortunately, such distracted driving has become more frequent given the rise of smart phones that can do just about everything a computer can do – and more. It is estimated that a quarter of all car crashes are caused as the result of cell phone use.

However, distracted driving isn’t the only type of driver error. Others include:

  • Drunk driving, which accounts for 40% of all auto accident deaths
  • Drowsy driving
  • Speeding

What Are the Other Causes of Car Accidents?

The second category identified by the NHTSA is “everything else.” This encompasses anything that leads to a car accident aside from driver error. These situations include:

  • Physical condition of the roadway due to weather
  • Improper maintenance of a road
  • Weather conditions that impair visibility, like snow, rain, or fog
  • Improper vehicle maintenance

Car crashes can cause injuries that can range from being very minor to very serious, and they often end in fatalities. As well, there is associated property damage and emotional trauma that accompanies the physical injury.

If you, or a loved one, have been in a car accident caused by the wrongful or negligent actions of another driver, or by an entity responsible for maintaining the roads, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Consulting with an experienced auto accident attorney can help point you decide the right way to pursue your automobile crash claim.

Obtain a Free Consultation

The auto accident attorneys here at Dwyer Williams Cherkoss have decades of experience handling these types of claims and have been successful in securing the maximum compensation possible for their thousands of their clients.

For a free initial consultation, we welcome your call to our office at (541) 617-0555.

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