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Oregon freeway multi-car accident injures 6

According to a report, an accident on Highway 99 in Eugene left six individuals with injuries ranging from minor to severe. The crash involved a motorcycle, a sedan and a pickup truck.

Oregon State Police said that the auto accident occurred at approximately 9 p.m. when a 72-year-old man from Eugene who was driving a northbound Lexus sedan rear-ended a Ford F-450 pickup truck operated by a 57-year-old man who was also from Eugene. The initial crash caused a 33-year-old Junction City man operating a Yamaha motorcycle to clip the bumper of the Ford truck. The biker then crashed into the Lexus and, as a result, was thrown from his motorcycle into another car that had pulled off the roadway to help the car accident victims.

Oregon truck accident victims often struggle to get compensation

If you were the victim of an Oregon logging truck accident, you may be forced to accommodate a disability, leave your job due to limited mobility or undergo surgery and pain management therapy to help you with chronic pain. Many victims suspect that equipment failure or truck drivers' negligence contributed to their accidents, resulting in serious or disabling injuries that may have been preventable.

Trucking companies often pressure truck drivers to engage in reckless behavior that violates federal regulations intended to keep motorists, pedestrians, bicyclists and other people safe on the roads. Companies may encourage speeding even in poor weather conditions, taking multiple shifts in a row or driving on long hauls without breaks to promote faster delivery times. Logging companies often pay by the load, which may cause drivers to overload their trucks so that they receive larger paychecks. These practices may place everyone traveling near an 18-wheeler truck at high risk of becoming involved in a serious accident.

Cyclist seriously injured in Oregon accident

A collision near Bend on Aug. 12 injured a man who was on a charity bicycle ride. The bicycle accident occurred on Highway 126 when a pickup truck moved toward the shoulder as a semi-truck passed by in the opposite direction. As the pickup moved to the right, it struck the cyclist on his upper back with the passenger side mirror and front passenger side panel.

The bicyclist suffered serious but non-life-threatening injuries in the accident. One witness described him being thrown off his bike and over the handlebars. He landed in some bushes on the side of the highway. His injuries included broken vertebrae in his neck, four broken ribs and two collapsed lungs. A helicopter crew airlifted him to St. Charles Medical Center in Bend. He said in interviews that standing up was challenging for him and that doctors estimated that he could need up to three months to recover. He remembers nothing of the accident.

2 dead in 1-car crash on Oregon road

Police identified the occupants of a vehicle who died in a single-car crash near Molalla on Aug. 2 as two 19-year-old women. Both the driver, a Canby resident, and one of the passengers were killed when the vehicle in which they were traveling on South Molalla Forest Road left the road about seven miles south of Molalla around 8 p.m. and went down a 100-foot embankment into the Molalla River.

Three additional passengers were in the vehicle, ranging in ages from 20 to 22. Two were identified as being from Alberta, Canada. Two of the injured passengers had to be taken by Life Flight to a nearby hospital. Police have not stated what their conditions are.

Auto accident near Oregon theme park injures driver

The Oregon State Police are reportedly investigating a crash that occurred near the entrance to the Enchanted Forest theme park on August 4. The three-vehicle accident happened at about 3:35 p.m. and seriously injured one person, police said.

An SUV heading south on Enchanted Way attempted to turn left in the direction of an RV park entrance and pulled into the path of a northbound pickup truck, purportedly. As a result of the subsequent collision, the SUV rolled over, and its driver was seriously injured, authorities reported. Emergency personnel transported via LifeFlight the SUV driver to Salem Hospital.

2 injured in 2-vehicle, head-on wreck in Clackamas County

One man was critically injured in a motor vehicle accident that occurred in Brightwood on July 30. According to Oregon State Police, the incident happened on Highway 26 at approximately 3:30 p.m. An eastbound Ford pickup truck, driven by a 26-year-old man, crossed over the centerline and collided head-on with a Subaru Legacy. Troopers said the truck rolled onto its driver's side.

The 18-year-old male driver of the Subaru needed to be extracted from the vehicle by emergency personnel. He was airlifted to OHSU Hospital and was still in critical condition the day after the accident. The driver of the pickup truck suffered minor injuries and was transported to the same hospital and later released. Authorities were still investigating the crash the next day.

Rental companies allege GM ignored concerns over vehicles

Some residents of Oregon may have followed the news related to General Motors' massive string of vehicle recalls. According to reports, a handful of national rental car companies are now speaking out, alleging that they spoke with GM regarding concerns about the vehicles following a car accident several years before the wave of recalls.

Officials with Vanguard Car Rental USA reportedly contacted GM in 2006 about a rollover accident in California that took the driver's life once an air bag failed to deploy. The Alamo rental car, a Chevy Cobalt, reportedly drifted across oncoming lanes on a clear day before rolling over in the gravel median. The company said that its insurance adjustor expressed concerns about the vehicle and asked for an investigation to be opened. The same types of accidents were allegedly experienced with Chevy and Saturn vehicles operated by several other car rental companies as well.

Accident in Oregon kills 1 and injures 2

Oregon police reports indicate that a man was killed and two other people were injured in an accident on U.S. Highway 30 at about 6:50 a.m. on July 25. At the time of the report there no criminal charges connected to this auto accident had been filed.

Authorities believe that a woman was driving a car, which was occupied by three people, westbound on the highway near Astoria when their vehicle crossed the centerline and sideswiped another vehicle. The wreck killed a man who had been sitting in the back seat of the westbound car without wearing his seat belt.

Collision in Oregon injures 2

A Kia Spectra going southbound on Highway 213 crossed the center line of traffic, grazed a dump truck and then hit a Dodge Avenger going northbound at about 3:25 p.m. on July 28 outside Molalla, according to reports. The impact of the crash caused the Kia and most of the debris from the crash to come to a rest in the northbound lane while the Dodge was pushed into a grassy area next to the northbound lane.

The driver of the Kia had to be transported via ambulance to OSHU while the driver of the Dodge was also taken there by helicopter at approximately 4 p.m. The Life Flight helicopter landed about 150 yards from the scene of the accident, and the driver had to be put onto the helicopter after being carried on a stretcher.

Head-on collision injures 6 in Oregon

On July 12, Oregon State Police responded to a head-on collision between two vehicles near Lorane that left six people injured. The wrong-way accident on Territorial Highway near the intersection with Hamm Road, about two miles from Lorane, led to the closure of the road for about three hours while police investigated the incident and crews cleaned up the road.

According to officials, the accident took place around 3:40 p.m. when an SUV and a pickup truck collided. The 40-year-old Eugene man driving the northbound SUV moved into the southbound lane to avoid crashing into the southbound truck that was in the northbound lane. The pickup truck driver, a 20-year-old Eugene man, crossed back into the southbound lane at the same time, and the SUV driver did not have enough time to move back to the northbound lane and avoid the crash.

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