One man is dead and four other people are now recovering from injuries after a car crash involving a pickup truck occurred in Northeastern Portland around 5:30 a.m. on Saturday, February 13, 2016.
Emergency crews responding to the accident scene called in a LifeFlight to try to save a man, who was trapped in a car and in apparent critical condition. However, the LifeFlight helicopter was called off when the man was pronounced dead at the scene. Ambulances reportedly took two other victims to local trauma centers – they are expected to survive.
While the driver of the pickup, who was also taken to a local hospital, reportedly only suffered minor injuries, law enforcement officials are currently looking for the 36-year-old driver of the passenger vehicle, as he fled the scene of the accident. Police reportedly found his driver’s license at the scene and are searching for him on suspicion of a felony hit and run.
Investigation Reveals the Negligence that Caused this Car Accident
Upon investigating the accident scene, police and crash scene investigators determined that the driver of the car was headed northbound on NE 157th Ave. when he drove through a stop sign without slowing, hitting the truck that was heading east on Halsey St.
This crash reveals how, following any significant traffic collision, police, victims and any other involved party who abides by the law and remains at the scene will convene to try to identify the facts that contributed to a given accident. Although the negligent party seems pretty obvious in this case (based on the reported facts), in other cases if can far less clear – as more than one party may be at fault or an at-fault party may not have been at the accident scene when the crash occurred (for instance).
Proving Fault after Car Accidents
After traffic collisions happen, proving fault can be crucial to establishing whether crash victims are entitled to compensation for their injuries and losses. Just some of the elements that can help establish fault following auto accidents include (but are by no means limited to):
- Police citations or arrests – If police who respond to the accident scene issue any involved party a citation – or, more dramatically, arrest any of the involved parties, either of these circumstances can indicate that another motorist violated traffic laws. And that can be crucial to proving fault.
- Police reports – Law enforcement, if they were on the scene, will complete a report and take testimony. After reviewing the evidence and facts of the case, an officer may assign blame and will make a determination regarding the accident causes.
- Accident scene photos – The pictures taken of the aftermath of a crash can verify how the crash happened, where the point(s) of impact was (or were), and whether other elements (like road or weather conditions) may have been factors.
Need Help Determining Fault after an Auto Wreck? Contact Beaverton Car Accident Attorney at the Weimar Law Offices
If you have been injured in a car accident – or any type of traffic crash, call Beaverton Car Accident Attorney Linda Weimar at (503) 640-5000 or email her via the Contact form on this page to find out whether you are entitled to financial recovery for your injuries and losses.