Independence, OR – Taylor Harlow Killed in Pedestrian Crash on Highway 20Oregon Legal News
Independence, OR (October 17, 2022) – A pedestrian crash took place in Benton County on Thursday evening that claimed the life of one person. At around 10:15 p.m., on October 13, the Benton County Sheriff’s office responded to the scene of a crash on Highway 20.
According to the Sheriff’s office, 23-year-old Taylor Harlow of Corvallis, Oregon, was walking on the eastbound side of Highway 20 during the evening hours. For unknown reasons, an SUV traveling on the eastbound side of the roadway struck her, causing fatal injuries.
Harlow was pronounced dead at the scene due to her injuries.
An investigation into the crash is currently underway.
Our condolences are with the family of Taylor Harlow during these very difficult times.
Fatal Pedestrian Accidents in Oregon
In Oregon, if a pedestrian is killed in an accident caused by someone else’s negligence, the victim’s family may be able to recover certain types of damages through a wrongful death claim. These can include lost earnings, loss of companionship, funeral costs, and burial expenses.
To recover these types of damages, the victim’s family must first prove that the death was caused by another party’s negligence. This can be done by showing that the party owed the victim a duty of care and breached that duty, which directly led to the victim’s death. For example, if a driver failed to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk and struck and killed them, the driver would likely be found negligent.
Once negligence has been established, the victim’s family can then begin to recover financial compensation for the damages they face. Lost earnings are perhaps the most common type of damage sought in these cases. This is because when a loved one dies unexpectedly, their income is often suddenly cut off. This can leave families struggling to make ends meet.
Loss of companionship damages are also available in Oregon. These are intended to compensate for the loss of love and support that comes with losing a family member. Funeral costs and burial expenses are also typically recoverable in these cases.
If you have lost a loved one in a pedestrian accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to recover financial compensation for your damages through a wrongful death claim. It is important that you reach out to a wrongful death lawyer in Independence right away.
Our team at Kivel & Howard can help your family seek financial compensation to cover the losses and damages you face. Our pedestrian accident lawyers will take the legal work off your hands. We will investigate the accident and gather strong evidence to negotiate compensation. We will fight to hold the driver who caused the death of your loved one to account. You can depend on our law firm to provide you with skilled and fearless representation every step of the way. Contact our Oregon law firm today at (503) 796-0909 and (503) 802-4800 to get started on your case.
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