Oregon Car Accident Lesson Learned: Motorist Hits Freight Train While Using Cellphone to Send Text Message

There are many ways to get distracted nowadays while driving. As a public service, we urge consumers to focus on their driving instead of their cellphones, MP3 players and other gadgets. An article today on the CBS News site proves the point: Eugene, Oregon police reported that Robert Gillespie crashed into a freight train after using his cell phone to send a text message while driving. Apparently, Gillespie tried to brake for the train, but it was too close by the time he looked up from his cell phone.

Gillespie was charged with drunken driving and careless driving. His injuries were described as not life threatening, and no members of the train crew were hurt. We assume Gillespie learned a lesson.

The automobile accident attorneys at D’Amore & Associates in Oregon and Washington understand what a significant effect an auto accident can have on your life. It can range from the inconvenience of being without a vehicle, to permanent catastrophic injury or the loss of a loved one. If you or a loved one have been involved in a serious car accident in Oregon or Washington, contact us for a free consultation at one of our offices in Portland, Bend, or Vancouver.