Whether it is during rush hour traffic or the late hours of the night, there are constantly risks associated with driving. For the most part, drivers are able to get from one destination to another with little to no issue. However, accidents are always a real possibility, especially when drivers are negligent because they are distracted, reckless, or intoxicated, which may have been the case in a recent wreck here in Portland.
According to recent reports, a fatal two-vehicle crash happened near the intersection of South Division Street and Southeast 112th Avenue in the early morning hours. A female victim was transported to the hospital in serious condition. She later died from her injuries.
The driver of the other vehicle was arrested following this accident. It is not clear what charges the driver is facing or if any injuries were suffered by this driver in the collision. Authorities have not made any comments about suspicions that alcohol may have been a factor.
The accident remains under investigation, and witnesses to the crash have been asked to provide any information they have. Once the investigation is complete, the cause of the crash can be better assessed. This information can help with determining liability, thereby assisting those impacted by the crash with a civil suit.
The aftermath of a fatal motor vehicle collision can be devastating. Surviving family members are likely shocked and overwhelmed by the event, as it can be difficult to cope with the sudden loss of a loved one. In addition to the death of a loved one, family members are also faced with other associated damages, such as medical bills, funeral expenses, lost wages, loss of companionship, and other losses. In order to address these damages, a civil action, such as a wrongful death lawsuit, may be necessary. Those who are successful on these claims may be awarded compensation for the losses they have suffered, thereby helping them obtain accountability and a certain amount of closure.