Oregon State Police (“OSP”) troopers are investigating into a two-vehicle serious injury traffic crash accident on Highway 26 east of Sandy. According to an OSP report, on October 1, 2010, at approximately 5:19 p.m. a 2007 Freightliner Sprinter van driven by Anglina Wilson, age 36, was eastbound on Highway 26 at Weber Road near milepost 31 moving from the right lane to the left lane to pass another vehicle. A westbound Jeep Cherokee driven by Delilah La Blue, age 78, from Welches, moved into the left turn lane and began turning south toward Weber Road in the path of the van. The van crashed into the Jeep’s right side and rolled off the south side of Highway 26. The Jeep came to rest against the guardrail along the westbound lanes.
OSP reported that Ms. La Blue was transported by LifeFlight with serious injuries, and Ms. Wilson was transported by ambulance with non-life threatening injuries. Our Portland car accident law firm hopes that both drivers make a prompt recovery.
Oregon Car Accident Law
The collision accident remains under investigation. It appears unclear at this time whether an unsafe turn was involved. Under Oregon law, a “person commits the offense of making an unlawful or unsignaled turn if the person is operating a vehicle upon a highway and the person turns the vehicle right or left when: (a) The movement cannot be made with reasonable safety; or (b) The person fails to give an appropriate signal continuously during not less than the last 100 feet traveled by the vehicle before turning.” A driver commits the offense of making a dangerous left turn if he or she Intends to turn the vehicle to the left and does not yield the right of way to a vehicle approaching from the opposite direction that is within the intersection or so close as to constitute an immediate hazard. All drivers also have a duty to drive in a manner that is not likely to endanger any person or property, including maintaining a speed that is reasonable and prudent under the applicable conditions.
Consult an Oregon Auto Accident Attorney
An Oregon car accident lawyer can help injured victims obtain full and fair compensation for personal injuries caused by negligent drivers. Portland injury lawyer Dane E. Johnson provides a free, confidential attorney consultation in all traffic crash and motor vehicle collision cases. Contact us toll free at (800) 714-3204 or online.