Motorists Sue Oregon State, Contractor, Over Crash-Prone Highway Flyover Ramp

Fifteen motorists are suing the State of Oregon and a State contractor over a crash-prone highway ramp in Tigard blamed for a number of wrecks in 2014. The suit filed earlier this week alleges negligent design and construction of the ramp connecting Interstate 5 to Oregon 217 and seeks $2.03 million in damages from both… Learn More »

Massive flooding in Oregon: This is what hydroplaning looks like

It’s shaping up to be a dangerous week on Portland-area roads. After a near-record rainfall in recent days, parts of Oregon and southwest Washington are under a flood watch. The torrential rain has already resulted in a landslide, multiple road closures, and flooded streets. Standing water in streets is dangerous: not only does it conceal… Learn More »

Tips and tools to make your teenager a better, safer driver

The crash rate for drivers 20 years old and younger is double that of the population as a whole, based on Oregon Department of Transportation estimates. As the parent of a teenager, it’s a terrifying thing to hear. Take advantage of the resources available to help you make your kid a safe driver: here are… Learn More »

It’s going to be really hard to figure out how many car crashes are caused by drivers under the influence of marijuana

In the last 3 years, 3 states—Colorado, Washington, and most recently Oregon—legalized the use of recreational marijuana. During a congressional hearing on the potential threat posed by stoned drivers, Jeff Michael, a program administrator for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), was asked how many crash fatalities are caused by marijuana each year. His… Learn More »

New Oregon law allows speed cameras on Portland’s High Crash Corridors

Starting in January 2016, speeding drivers may be more likely to get a ticket in Portland, Oregon. Traffic cameras are set up along streets to catch drivers breaking traffic laws: usually running red lights, or the exceeding speed limits. Radar detects the violation, and uses automatic number plate recognition to send a traffic ticket to… Learn More »

“Vision Zero”: there’s a big hole in the plan to eliminate Portland traffic deaths

“Vision Zero” is a traffic safety project that aims for the goal of zero traffic fatalities. It’s been adopted by cities worldwide – and now includes Portland, Oregon. It’s a wide-ranging plan, with heavy emphasis on public education and prioritization of safety. Vision Zero Safety Pledge:  I will behave safely and courteously at all times… Learn More »

Is a driver responsible when a “sudden medical emergency” causes a car crash?

Recently, a driver who reportedly experienced a “sudden medical emergency” jumped the curb and hit 2 people on the sidewalk of the Burnside Bridge in Portland. One of the pedestrians was fatally injured. In May, a Vancouver man died after suffering from a medical emergency and crashing on I-205. In April, a 61-year-old semi-truck driver… Learn More »