A 17-year old died in a one-car Salem car accident Saturday, according to local sheriff’s deputies. Authorities have not released the name of the victim, but say the wreck involved a jeep that crossed into the northbound lane of Lancaster drive before going off the road and striking a tree. Officials are still investigating the accident, but say there were no signs of braking at the scene. They do not believe alcohol was involved.
According to the Oregon DMV the state has more almost 412,000 licensed drivers between the ages of 15 and 24. Nationally, people in this age group represent only 14% of the US population, but account for nearly one-third of the total costs of motor vehicle injuries.
If you have been involved in a Portland motor vehicle accident, or an accident elsewhere in the state, you have certain responsibilities, and should seek the immediate assistance of an Oregon car accident lawyer.
Oregon law requires that any accident involving injury or death, as well as any accident involving more than $1500 in damage to a vehicle or to property, be reported to the DMV within 72 hours. In such instances it is also crucial to contact an experienced Oregon motor vehicle accident attorney to ensure that you and your loved ones are properly represented when dealing with authorities, insurance companies and any other persons involved in or affected by the accident.
Teen killed in wreck on Saturday, The Oregonian, September 28, 2009
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