Multi-Car Crash West of Portland Kills One, Seriously Injures Two

A fatal three-vehicle Oregon car crash near Banks and Glenwood, to the west of Portland, left one person dead and sent two to the hospital with serious injuries, according to an account in The Oregonian.

The fatal Oregon auto crash occurred when “a pickup was headed east on Oregon 6 and near milepost 42, it crossed the center line and collided head-on with” a west-bound car. A short time afterwards another car happened upon the accident, was unable to stop in time to avoid it, and rear-ended the pickup.

The driver of the car involved in the first phase of the accident, a 68-year-old Cloverdale man, was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident, according to the newspaper. The driver and a teenage boy riding with him in the pickup truck were taken to an area hospital with injuries that the paper describes as serious, but not life-threatening. None of the four people – including a child – in the third car were injured.

The difficulties inherent in sorting out an accident like this one begin almost at the moment of impact. Police and emergency services workers work hard to save lives, other travelers are delayed or diverted (in this case, The Oregonian reports, the road was closed for five hours) and eventually everyone involved, or their loved ones, has to reflect on the aftermath of the Oregon multi-car crash.

This is the area where a Portland car crash lawyer can offer invaluable advice and assistance. Traffic citations directed at those responsible for an accident can have some deterrent effect, but leave many victims feeling that justice has not really been done. Oregon’s civil court system can help to fill that void empowering victims to right the wrongs they have suffered. An Oregon personal injury attorney is an advocate, but also a guide: a skilled professional who can help you understand the legal avenues open to you: how and what they potentially offer for those still seeking justice and a sense of closure in the wake of accidents such as these.

The Oregonian: State police continue to investigate fatal traffic accident on Oregon 6, names released