Lawsuit Filed Against Oregon Dealer That Transferred Gun Used in Murder Through Straw Purchase

Lawsuit also names online dealer and shooter’s mother as defendants NORTH BEND, Ore. — The family of Kirsten Englund is filing a lawsuit against World Pawn Exchange for transferring multiple firearms to a straw purchaser, Diane Boyce, which were then used by her mentally ill son, 30-year old Jeffrey Boyce.  Mr. Boyce used the weapons… Learn More »

Lawsuits settled for $600,000 for families of three teens who died after being hypnotized by school principal

Principal George Kenney was not a licensed hypnotherapist. He had been warned against hypnotizing students. But he hypnotized dozens of high school students—three of whom died within days of hypnosis. The strange, sad story of three teens that died after hypnosis Wesley McKinley, 17: He was a talented musician with a dream of attending Julliard.… 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 »

Lawsuit filed for car crash death caused by dangerous tire

As reported by the Associated Press (AP), attorneys Tom D’Amore and Douglas Oh-Keith of D’Amore Law Group filed a lawsuit on behalf of a young woman who died in a car crash caused by a dangerous, defective tire. Ivon Carina Barajas-Orozco, her husband Heriberto, and their three-year-old son wanted to visit Heriberto’s grandfather in Chicago.… Learn More »

Death on the job: lawsuit filed for Oregon worker forced to use bucket in truck as toilet

As reported by the Oregonian, attorneys Tom D’Amore of D’Amore Law Group have filed lawsuit on behalf of a worker who died from carbon monoxide poisoning on a job site.   Andrew Lane was only 22 years old when he died. He was one of nine employees of an Oregon company that provides roof and… Learn More »

What we can (and can’t) learn from Oregon’s fatal crash data

The Oregon Department of Transportation started collecting information on fatal motor vehicle accidents back in 1946. Last week, The Oregonian created a searchable map using this data. It shows the location of every crash that resulted in 5 or more fatalities. That’s 47 crashes in nearly 70 years— just a fraction of the total number… Learn More »

Fatal crash leads to conversation about aftermarket parts and safety

The tragic car crash that killed two West Linn teens and injured at least two others is prompting a conversation about the safety of “aftermarket” parts. According to the Oregonian, a “large, aftermarket bumper” contributed to the deaths of the teenagers. Their car was rear-ended at a high speed by a Jeep: the Jeep’s front… Learn More »

How Wrongful Death Claims Work

“Wrongful death” is a legal term. It means a person died because of another person (or company’s) bad actions. This type of lawsuit seeks compensation for the family members who suffer emotionally, psychologically and financially by the untimely death of a loved one. A wrongful death case is a civil lawsuit, which is different from… Learn More »

Revisiting Safety Standards in Buses

Many have called for a review of safety standards for both trucks and buses in light of the tragic crash between a Fed Ex truck and a charter bus that killed 10 people in Northern California earlier this month. While the National Traffic and Safety Board (NTSB) has pushed for “seatbelts, emergency exits and fire-safety… Learn More »

Pedestrian deaths are on the rise – and most are men

Worldwide, pedestrians account for 30% of the 1 million people who die in traffic crashes every year. For 2010 – the last full year for which national data is available – the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said that 4,280 pedestrians died in traffic accidents, a 4% increase from the previous year. 69% of the… Learn More »