Police are investigating a fatal auto and tractor-trailer accident that occurred on July 11. The police reported there was a serious accident on Highway 228 in Linn County near milepost 2.5 on July 11 at 1:40 PM. The investigation showed that a Jeep Cherokee driven by Michael McDaniel, 69, was going west on Highway 228 when it drifted over the center line and slammed into a Kenworth tractor-trailer. The truck was driven by Bradley Crowson, 48. McDaniel was killed at the scene, and the truck driver also was injured.
We can only speculate about the cause of the car accident that took this man’s life and injured another party. Perhaps during the course of the investigation, it will become clearer what happened to cause the Jeep to cross the center line and slam into the big rig.
It is common for drivers today to become distracted by their cell phones or tablets when they drive. This type of distraction can cause drivers to look away from the road for a few seconds. In that time at 55 MPH, a car can travel the length of a football field. It is always a bad idea to be handling a cell phone or other electronic device at all when driving. It also is against the law. If you are distracted by a cell phone, get in an accident and hurt another person, you could be criminally charged, plus be sued in civil court for damages.
The Jeep driver also may have fallen asleep behind the wheel, which also can be the basis for a lawsuit if it can be proven he fell asleep and caused the accident that led to the trucker’s injuries.
In the above accident, the Jeep driver died, sadly. But he still injured the truck driver. In this situation, it is still possible for the truck driver or trucking company to file a personal injury claim against the driver’s estate or insurance policy so he can receive compensation for his injuries. He also may be able to have his medical costs paid for by the insurance policy for the deceased.
If you are in a car accident and are hurt by another driver’s negligence, you know how stressful and upsetting this can be. Many people hurt in car accidents in Oregon have large medical bills, rehabilitation, lost wages, and pain and suffering. You may be having trouble paying your medical costs and providing for your family. If it can be proven to the insurance company or in court that the other driver injured you due to negligence, you could receive compensation in a personal injury claim.
The Herron Law Office has many years of experience holding responsible drivers liable for their careless actions that led to your injuries. Please contact The Herron Law Office today for a Free Consultation. Don't wait.
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