Driver Arrested After Leaving Fatal Crash

A driver was arrested for leaving the scene of a fatal car crash, the Oregonian reports. Uriy Dudko, 20, killed Mitchell Vandoren, 25, when his SUV stalled and he stopped right in front Vandoren on a motorcycle. Vandoren died at the scene. Dudko was arrested after he fled the scene of the accident. He returned later to see the aftermath. When he did so, a Happy Valley police sergeant arrested him. He’s been specifically charged with failure to perform the duties of a driver to injured persons.

The charges could become more extensive if the investigation proves that there was intent behind the driver’s actions. More likely is some kind of civil action, perhaps for wrongful death, if this intent can be proved.

In any case, Dudko failed in his duty to the other driver, was arrested, and remains in jail.

Had he left and stayed away, he may not have been arrested. Perhaps Dudko’s curiosity got the best of him. Apparently he was visiting from Missouri.

It is imperative that drivers involved in accidents follow any instructions from the police or emergency medical personnel as precisely as possible. No one wants to be involved in an accident like this, but leaving the scene only complicates a very difficult situation. It is unclear what Dudko hoped to gain by leaving, and now at the very least, he must contend with the legal ramifications of failing to assist the other driver. As a party to an accident, the most important aspect is making sure you are alright. Secondly, after all this is done, you need to seek out legal representation, in case something from the accident needs to be litigated. Don’t be left flat-footed as the other party moves to secure its interests.

If you or someone you know has been injured because of someone else’s recklessness, don’t just try to pick up the pieces. Compensation for your injuries may be possible. An experienced Portland personal injury attorney can discuss your case with you and get you headed in the right direction. Ed Kroll and company have been assisting people like you for years. The consultation is free. Call now to set up an appointment.

Cayla Wilson, Crash Victim In 2010, Dies

Cayla Wilson, a young woman injured by an impaired driver, has died, the Oregonian reports. She had been struck on the way to a job as a 19-year-old expectant mother. It came to light that the perpetrator was high on methamphetamine, and driving with a suspended license. The man’s erratic, remorseless behavior was likely a factor in him receiving an 11 year sentence for the incident.

Cayla’s parents, Bill and Denise Wilson, faced numerous challenges as they attempted to care for their daughter, who had been in a persistent vegetative state and required around-the-clock care. They elected to sue the city of Portland and Clackamas County for failing to stop the perpetrator from driving with a suspended license. In that effort, they won a $9.3 million settlement.

Bill and Denise are now raising Cayla’s daughter, JaiKyla, now 7, who developed cerebral palsy as a result of being delivered by emergency C-section. With Cayla’s death, the case has now changed from a personal injury case to a wrongful death case. The Wilsons support the district attorney’s effort to charge the perpetrator with manslaughter. There is a hope that he will spend the rest of his life in prison as a result of these events.

As in a case like this, negligence can be criminal and completely life-altering. There is almost no way to quantify the emotional suffering the Wilsons have endured, to say nothing of the very concrete costs of caring for Cayla. You or someone you know may not be facing circumstances as challenging as these, but if you’ve been injured by someone else’s negligence, you need a personal injury attorney with the skills to help make you whole again. Kroll and Johnson have the skills and the passion to get it done. Don’t struggle on alone. Call today for a free consultation.

Wrongful Death Suit In Multnomah County

The estate of Kristi Leigh Oliver is suing Multnomah County, and landowners Mark and Jill Harrington, for wrongful death after a falling tree fell on the pregnant Oliver as she drove down the road, the Oregonian reports. She was just 30 years old. The estate of Ms. Oliver seeks 9.5 million dollars. Mark Harrington says the county refused him permission to cut down the huge rotting tree, which had also suffered damage from woodpeckers. The 100-foot cedar toppled without warning, by all accounts, and the event is certainly tragic.

It will be interesting to see how a jury assesses fault in this case, if it gets to a jury. They could put the blame on the landowners for failing to cut down the rotting tree. Or the blame could be placed on Multnomah County for denying Harrington the permission to cut down the massive tree. Did Mark Harrington believe the tree was dangerous, or simply unsightly? If he believed the tree was dangerous, might a jury find that he had an obligation to remove the tree, even though doing so at that time would have been illegal, in the absence of permission to remove it? It is difficult to imagine any fault imputed to the victim, but no one can be absolutely certain before it is tried in court. Oliver’s estate retains another local firm, but the incident reminds us of the importance of good representation by a personal injury attorney.

If you have been impacted by a wrongful death, and believe someone else is at fault, seek out a skilled Portland personal injury attorney. Ed Kroll and Justin Johnson know how to win. That skill and experience means they can offer you much more than just thoughts and prayers. They’re ready to serve you in your difficult time of grief and loss.

Understanding Personal Injury

Unfortunately, when an injury occurs you may not realize the long-term complications you may face for months or even years to come. It is important to understand what a personal injury due to another person’s negligence or wrongful conduct can mean to your life. If you have suffered such an injury, it is vital to consult with a Portland personal injury attorney to at least review your options.

Personal injuries can occur due to the carelessness or negligence of another person or due to the intentional act of another. They are injuries suffered in a car accident, in a work-related accident, due to medical malpractice as well as many other factors. You may have a personal injury from getting injured in another person’s home or on their property. Sometimes they are due to someone’s direct actions and other times due to their inactions.

If you have suffered any type of personal injury, you may be scared or confused and unsure what steps you need to take. It is vital to seek the proper medical care, even if you feel physically ok. Many times there may be unseen injuries that will continue to affect you as time passes. Injuries are important to document for future reference, if necessary.

If someone else was responsible for your injury, they may also be responsible for your pain, suffering, injury, loss of property, loss of wages as well as medical bills. Holding them responsible helps alleviate the burden for you and your family and helps make sure another family doesn’t have to suffer at the hands of the responsible part again.

You may suffer injuries, even in low-speed car accidents where you don’t think you would have. Although you can represent yourself in a personal injury case, it may be difficult to get a fair settlement. Therefore, it is crucial to speak with an experienced Portland personal injury attorney who can argue your case for you. Call today for a free, initial consultation.

Take Steps To Prevent Serious Injuries In A Car Accident

Car accidents happen every day and while many are not serious some do leave those involved with serious injuries that have lingering effects. Certain factors tend to result in worse injuries than others. You can help lessen possible injuries should you get in a car accident by keeping in mind some of the biggest factors affecting the extent of injuries.

Seat Belts

According to the Centers for Disease Control more than half of teens 13-19 and adults 20-44 who died in crashes in 2015 were unrestrained at the time of their crash. Men are statistically less likely than women to wear seatbelts, and young adults aged 18-24 were least likely to wear a seatbelt when driving.  Seat belts reduce serious crash-related deaths and injuries by nearly half and it is estimated seat belts saved nearly 14,000 lives in 2015 alone.

Direction of Occupant

Just by being properly restrained and facing straight ahead, the vehicle and seatbelt will be better designed to protect the passenger in a crash than if a passenger is turned in another direction.

Also more research has shown rear-facing children in their age appropriate car seats for longer times can help protect their delicate, growing bodies should they be involved in a crash.

Speed Of Crash

Obviously, the higher the speed the more likely for a more serious crash. Following posted speed limits when driving is important to keeping your loved ones safe.

Airbags

Airbags can offer another layer of protection should they be used properly. For adults, they can help cushion a passenger in a high-speed crash. In children, however, they can dangerous or even fatal. It is best to ride with children in the back seat of a vehicle and away from any airbags that could deploy.

If you or a loved one has suffered serious injuries in any motor vehicle accident, it is important to speak with an experienced and compassionate Oregon car accident attorney who can help. Call today for your free, initial consultation.

Understanding How Much Your Case Is Worth

gavelAn Oregon injury lawyer can help you fight for compensation for any type of personal injury and can help you understand what type of compensation you should seek in your personal injury case and ultimately how much your case is worth.

First our attorneys will review your case and determine if we should take it. Should we take on your case, our attorneys start gathering the information we need … from all available reports and papers concerning your injury, to relevant medical records.

We will track down and speak with any witnesses to your accident as well. After gathering the information we need, we determine what we feel is a fair settlement and attempt to negotiate a deal with the insurance company. If the other party or parties are unwilling to pay a reasonable amount, we will head to court.

Upon filing a lawsuit, we will start discovery, taking depositions and exchanging paperwork with the insurance company. After discovery is finished, if there is still not an agreement for a settlement, we will head to a trial.

Every case is different and should be treated as such. In each case, there are many factors to consider. We need to consider the seriousness of the injuries as well as our ability to show the defendant was at fault for those injuries.

The clearer the liability and the more serious the injuries, the higher the monetary amount we may be able to recover. In some cases, we may be limited to the amount of insurance, but that will depend on each individual case.

If you have suffered serious personal injuries, it is imperative to speak with an aggressive and compassionate Oregon injury lawyer today. We can work to get you the compensation you need and deserve.

How An Experienced Portland Injury Personal Injury Lawyers Can Help You

When most people start a personal injury case, a common thing they want to know is how long the case will take. The reality is there is no set time for cases. Some cases may move quickly and be over before you know it. Others may be very complicated dragging on for years. However, working with experienced Portland personal injury lawyers can help make sure you get the compensation you deserve.

While this can be quite frustrating, we will be there every step of the way as your advocate. Our experienced team of experienced Portland personal injury lawyers will fight on your behalf to get you the compensation you deserve.

Recovering compensation for a seriously injured person can be very difficult even when it is clearly another party’s fault, but it can also be crucial in providing for the injured person.

Some people wrongly assume the insurance company will give them fair compensation and will work to resolve the claim quickly, but claims can get denied on technicalities or insurance companies can employ strategies to delay settling a claim. Sometimes it is strategic on the insurance company’s part in an effort to get the injured party to accept less than they should. They can prey on someone’s desperation to have an answer and get their bills paid since an injured person is often both off of work due to the injury at the same time as racking up thousands and sometimes more in medical care.

By working with experienced Portland personal injury lawyers, you will have someone on your side fighting for your rights and making sure you are treated fairly. We work to make sure both your damages and expenses are fully covered as well as the party or parties at fault are held responsible.

If you have been injured in an accident, your experienced Portland personal injury lawyers can get you the money you deserve. Call Kroll & Johnson today for your free initial consultation.

Study: Teen Drivers More Likely To Be In Deadly Crash

A new study released this week showed that new teen drivers were three times more likely than adults to be involved in a fatal crash.

The study, released by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety compared drivers aged 16 to 17 years old to those 18 years old and older.

In addition, the study found that crashes involving teenagers had increased 10 percent and could continue to rise.

The report was released at the beginning of what is referred to as the “100 deadliest days,” the months between Memorial Day and Labor Day when the average number of deadly crashes involving teen drivers climb 15 percent.

Researchers at AAA found that although many factors contribute to the rise in deadly crashes, three play the biggest factor: distraction, lack of seatbelt use and speeding.

Distraction played a factor in nearly 6 of 10 teen crashes. Although this is often distraction from cell phones, other causes of distraction like friends in the vehicle, eating and doing makeup also play a role.

Teen drivers and their riders were less likely to wear a seat belt. In 2015, 60 percent of teen drivers killed in a crash were not wearing any seatbelt.

Speeding played a role in nearly 30 percent of fatal crashes involving teen drivers.

If you or a loved one has suffered serious injuries in any motor vehicle accident, it is crucial to speak with an experienced Portland personal injury attorney. Call today for your free, initial consultation.

Report Finds Drug-Impaired Driving Surpassed Alcohol-Impaired Driving In Deadly Accidents

A new report released this week found deaths caused by driving while under the influence of drugs surpassed those deaths caused by driving while under the influence of alcohol in 2015.

The report entitled “Drug-Impaired Driving” found that positive drug tests were more common than the presence of alcohol in fatally injured drivers. According to the report, 43 percent of those motorist who died had drugs in their systems while only 37 percent of those who died tested positive for alcohol.

Unfortunately, drug impairment can be difficult to measure because not all drugs affect all drivers in the same way. According to the report, hundreds of drugs can impair drivers and while some drugs that impair drivers are illegal, many are legal to use, at least under certain situations and are often available over-the-counter at many stores.

Out of those drivers tested in crashes, 35.6 percent tested positive for marijuana, 9.3 percent were positive for amphetamine, 7.4 percent were positive for a drug not on the FARS list and 55.1 percent tested positive for another drug.

Oftentimes, drugs have an undetermined effect on someone’s driving. The effect varies from person to person and are very complex. Due to complex nature of determining if drugs affected a driver detrimentally, it can be quite difficult to prosecute and convict a driver driving under the influence of drugs.

If you or a loved one have suffered serious injuries in an accident involving a driver under the influence, it is crucial to work with experienced and tenacious Portland personal injury attorneys who can go to bat for you. Call now and set up your free consultation to find out how your Portland accident attorneys can fight for you.

View the full report here. 

 

Pedestrian Fatalities Continue To Rise In Traffic Accidents

Source: GHSA

A new report released by the Governors Highway Safety Association found pedestrian fatalities have continued to rise in the past several years. and now account for the largest proportion of traffic fatalities recorded in the past 25 years. The increased use of smart phones by pedestrians and drivers along with other factors in distracted driving are possible culprits.

Researchers found the number of pedestrian fatalities have increased 25 percent from 2010 to 2015, while total traffic deaths have increased about six months. They looked at the first six months of 2016 and found a seven percent increase in pedestrian fatalities compared with 2015. After adjusting for underreporting in the preliminary data, researchers estimate the figure is actually closer to 11 percent increase. If that holds true, it would be the single largest increase in the 40 years that national records have been kept.

According to the data, approximately 6,000 pedestrian fatalities occurred in 2016, which would make 2016 the first year in more than 20 years with more than 6,000 pedestrian deaths.

Data also showed that not all states had similar rates of pedestrian deaths. For example, Wyoming had one death in the first six months, while California had the most at 359 deaths. Additionally, only California, Florida, Georgia, Texas and New York combined accounted for 42 percent of all pedestrian deaths in that period.

Researches cited many possible factors as contributors to the rise in pedestrian fatalities. The rapidly growing use of smart phones to access wireless data while both walking and driving was noted as a newer factor contributing to more deaths. According to the Federal Highway Administration motor vehicle travel increased 3.3 percent in the first half of 2016 compared with the first half of 2015.

If you or your loved one has suffered serious injuries or you have lost a loved one in a fatal pedestrian accident, it is imperative to retain the most knowledgeable and experienced Portland personal injury attorneys available. Call our office today for your free, initial consultation.