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One Dead, Five Injured in Oregon Car Accident

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Robert L. Randis, 69, was killed and five others were injured in an Oregon car accident after a Jeep Grand Cherokee crossed the centerline on the Oregon 22, near Idanha. According to a KGW news report, the accident occurred the afternoon of December 19, 2009, when the driver of the Jeep, Dorian J. Dolinajec, 23, sideswiped Randis’ Hyundai before crashing into a 2006 Ford pickup driven by 61-year-old Jessie E. Alway. Three passengers in Randis’ car — Beverly J. Randis, 67; Nicole Bowerman, 10, and Karlie J. Callin, 13 — were transported to an area hospital with serious but non-life threatening injuries. Dolinajec sustained serious injuries, while Alway’s injuries were minor, officials said.

My heart goes out to the Randis family for their horrible loss. I offer my deepest condolences to everybody who knew and loved this man. Please keep them in your prayers. I also wish all the injured victims here, a quick and complete recovery.

Car Accident Statistics

According to the Oregon Department of Transportation’s 2007 traffic accident statistics, there were 28 deaths and 1,640 injuries as a result of car accidents in Marion County. During the same year, 12 fatalities and 67 injuries were reported that involved alcohol-related car accidents. Speed was a factor in 17 fatal car accidents in Marion County, according to the statistics.

Car Accident Causes and Liability Issues

Based on this news report, it is not clear what caused Dolinajec to lose control of his Jeep and sideswipe the Hyundai. There are many questions here at this point. Was Dolinajec under the influence at the time? Was he traveling too fast given traffic conditions? Was he driving recklessly by breaking any traffic laws? Was he distracted at the time of the collision? I trust these are some questions investigators are asking in order to determine who and what exactly caused this accident.

If Dolinajec is found to have been at fault for this fatal car accident, he could be held liable for the injuries and wrongful death. The Randis family would be well-advised to consult an experienced Oregon personal injury lawyer, who will stay on top of the official investigation and make sure that the negligent parties are held accountable in this case. A knowledgeable car accident lawyer will also advise the family about how their car insurance policy will apply to this accident and if the at-fault party is uninsured or underinsured.

The Bisnar Chase Personal Injury Attorneys is not representing any of the parties mentioned in this article at the time the article was posted. Our information source is cited in the article. If you were involved in this incident or a similar incident and have questions as to your rights and options, call us or another reputable law firm. Do not act solely upon the information provided herein. Get a consultation. The best law firms will provide a free consultation. We provide a free, confidential consultation to not at fault persons named in this article. The free consultation offer extends to family members as well.

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