New Year’s Eve and the days leading up to it are always among the most dangerous times to be on the road be it here in Oregon or elsewhere in the country. This year was no exception. According to the Salem Statesman-Journal one death and a serious injury resulted from an Oregon truck crash near McMinnville in the hours before the New Years festivities kicked off.
According to the newspaper the wreck took place in the early hours of December 30 when a car “crossed the centerline and collided with a semi hauling a tanker trailer in the other direction” on Highway 18 northeast of McMinnville. As a result of the accident and subsequent investigations the highway was closed for most of the day, the paper reported.
Attempts by the semi to avoid a Central Oregon truck crash with the car, a Hyundai, caused another semi to be involved in the crash. As it rolled off of Highway 18’s eastbound lane the first semi also caught fire. According to the Statesman-Journal, neither of the truck drivers was injured. A passenger in the Hyundai, however, died of his injuries shortly after being transported to a local hospital. The Hyundai’s driver was hospitalized with what police described as serious injuries.
This holiday tragedy is a reminder of the importance of safe driving throughout the year. If you or a loved one have been the victim of a Portland, Salem or McMinnville auto accident it is important to speak as soon as possible with an Oregon car crash lawyer. Consulting an attorney is a prudent course of action even if the police chose not to issue any citations at the accident scene. Questions of liability, responsibility and, most importantly, justice go beyond the relatively simple question of whether or not the police wrote someone up in the minutes after an Oregon car and truck accident.
Seeking skilled legal counsel is the first step toward safeguarding your rights.
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