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Icy Oregon road may have contributed to car accident

Oregon's cold, wet winter weather may have contributed to a recent crash that sent four young people to a local hospital. The car accident happened in the early hours of a weekend morning on Highway 206. It ended with one victim pinned under a vehicle. It remains to be seen whether the driver will face any charges in the incident.

Oregon officials report that a car containing four people slid 150 feet down an embankment along the icy highway. It is unclear what led to the car leaving the roadway, though details may become available as a result of an official investigation. Police became aware of the car accident after one victim climbed the embankment and flagged down a passing car.

Three of the four people involved in the crash were taken to a local hospital for medical care. One of the victims was later transported by air ambulance to a larger medical facility due to the severity of her injuries. The degree of injury suffered ranged from minor to severe, according to officials.

In a car accident such as this one, police may find that the actions of the driver caused the incident and the resulting injuries to the passengers in the vehicle. If this is the case, the driver of a car involved in a crash can find that they face liability for their actions under Oregon's personal injury laws. Such laws are intended to assist victims with the costs associated with recovery. Typically, anyone who files a personal injury claim must show evidence that the accident was caused by an act of negligence or recklessness in order to be successful.

Source: oregonlive.com, "Oregon State Police releases names of those involved with crash near Wasco," Nicole Dungca, Jan. 26, 2013

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