Readers in Oregon know that our state is famed for its forests and logging. They also are familiar with the large log trucks that roll down our state’s highways each day. Recently though, the same people may be saddened to hear, one of those vehicles was involved in a fatal truck accident.
The truck accident happened in midday near Elgin. Oregon officials say that a fully loaded log truck was heading east on Highway 204 just prior to the crash. As the large vehicle attempted to navigate a right hand turn on the highway, it began to roll over.
As it fell, the logs attached to the truck fell off. The rolled across the highway, striking two cars. One of the people in those cars died as a result of the truck accident. Another had to be taken to a local area hospital for medical treatment of his non-life threatening injuries.
Now, Oregon officials are working to make determinations as to what happened in the truck accident, including why the logs fell. As they continue, the surviving family of the deceased victim may be making their own inquiry into whether they will file a personal injury claim against the driver who caused them to lose their loved one. Such a claim could include that for wrongful death of the victim. In these types of incidents, families seek compensation for the suffering of the now-deceased person as well as for the loss of income that the family must now suffer as a result of the accident.
Source: oregonlive.com, Police identify driver killed, 2 injured Monday in crash in northeast Oregon, Lynne Terry, Aug. 20, 2013