• May 31, 2017

Avery Shriver Killed, Ronald Cable, Devon Brearty, Eliana Brearty Injured in Warrenton, OR, Accident

Warrenton, OR -- May 27, 2017, Avery Shriver was killed, Ronald Cable, Devon Brearty, and Eliana Brearty injured, in an accident between a car and a truck.

Authorities from the Oregon State Police received the emergency call at approximately 3:00 a.m. Sunday for the collision which occurred near the intersection of US Highway 101 and Ensign Lane.

Police investigations indicated that 18-year-old Cable was driving a car along the northbound lanes of the interstate. For reasons not yet confirmed, the car allegedly drifted into oncoming traffic and collided head-on into a box truck driven by 45-year-old Freddy Pina-Lopez.

The severity of the collision inflicted fatal injuries to one of the passengers--15-year-old Avery Shriver--and that person died at the scene. Cable was said to have critical injuries and was taken to Columbia Memorial.

19-year-old Devon Bearty was taken to Oregon Health and Science University with critical injuries, while 16-year-old Eliana Brearty was taken to Columbia Memorial with non-life-threatening injuries. Pina-Lopez sustained minor injuries.

At this time, no charges or citations have been reported. Police say the accident is still under investigation.

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Commentary

Accidents like these are always tragic to read about, especially when those involved are so young. It should go without saying that there will need to be a thorough investigation to determine exactly what caused this accident and how it could have been avoided. In the meantime, this accident is very similar to ones our firm receives calls about all the time, mainly from people who want to know what their rights as passengers entail.

To put things simply, unless a passenger does something directly to cause an accident, like grab the steering wheel for example, then they likely have a claim against someone involved in the accident. Since they were essentially innocent bystanders in the accident, then that means someone or something else was responsible for their injuries, whether it's the driver of another vehicle, the manufacturer of a defective part, or even the driver of their own vehicle.

But while it's simple to determine that a passenger isn't liable for an accident, it's much more difficult to determine who is liable for the accident. As with any crash, it takes a thorough investigation by an experienced professional to determine what factors contributed to the accident and who would be responsible for those actions. The article below is a valuable resource for those who want to delve into the specifics of how passengers relate to personal injury and wrongful death law.

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