Fatal 2021 Crash on SE Powell Boulevard – One of Portland’s Deadliest Streets

Posted on behalf of RizkLaw on Feb 02, 2021 in Auto Accident

flashing police lights at nightSE Powell Boulevard is one of the top 30 most dangerous roads for accidents in Portland. In the past month alone, there have already been a few fatalities from car crashes.

Rizk Law discusses the most recent incidents along SE Powell Boulevard in Portland. Even last year saw an increase in the number of fatal crashes on this roadway – despite having less traffic on the road amid the pandemic.

If you were injured in a traffic accident due to the negligence of another driver, we are prepared to help. Our law offices are ready to take your call night or day. During an initial consultation, we can help you find out if you have a case and answer your questions, all at no cost or obligation to you.

Fatal Accidents on SE Powell Road

One of the latest accidents on SE Powell Boulevard happened just three weeks ago and resulted in the death of a 73-year-old driver from Happy Valley. The driver was operating his black Chevrolet Silverado SS Extended Cab pickup truck on January 8, 2021 when it slammed into multiple poles along the road. After smashing through a TriMet bus kiosk and a chain-link fence, the vehicle flipped over and came to rest upside down.

The rollover crash involved only a single vehicle, but investigators believe a medical incident may have contributed to the accident.

When Portland Fire & Rescue paramedics arrived on the scene, they attempted to administer lifesaving treatment, but the driver was unresponsive and succumbed to his injuries. All lanes of traffic remained closed for several hours while police investigated the accident scene.

Head-on Collision

Another fatal accident on SE Powell Boulevard – in the Powellhurst-Gilbert neighborhood – happened just two days later. A black Toyota Corolla CE sedan was travelling eastbound when it suddenly crossed over the center lane and into the path of oncoming traffic. Unfortunately, three other vehicles were traveling westbound at the same time, including an 18-wheel semi-truck, a Subaru Legacy and another utility truck. The Toyota slammed into oncoming traffic so hard that it spun the vehicle completely around, causing significant damage to the front end of the car. Emergency first responders at the scene informed police that the driver of the Toyota was unresponsive when they arrived and taken to a nearby hospital, where she later died.

First Steps After an Accident

If you are involved in a traffic accident, there are some things that you should do immediately afterward. Although you may feel disoriented, it is important to try to stay calm.

Other important steps after calling 9-1-1 for help include:

  • If you are physically able – move your car off the main road.
  • Check yourself and others for injuries.
  • When first responders get to the scene answer their questions calmly and clearly, but do not ramble on as it will delay getting help to the scene.
  • Do not admit fault when asked for details about the accident.
  • Avoid commenting on whether you are hurt; let the doctors diagnose you after a medical examination.
  • Do not make any deals with the other driver about paying for your injuries, even if you did not cause the accident, this can make you look guilty.
  • Seek medical care immediately after the accident.
  • Contact a qualified attorney to find out if you may be able to recover compensation for your injuries and other losses.

Contact Our Trusted Firm for Legal Help

After an accident, trying to manage your medical care, finances and dealing with insurance companies can be overwhelming. This is just one of the reasons we recommend that you speak with one of our qualified attorneys after seeking medical care.

Our Portland car accident attorneys handle injury cases every day, and we have extensive knowledge of the law. We know how complicated things can get in a legal claim, especially when multiple cars are involved. The attorneys at Rizk Law have years of experience and a proven history – recovering millions in compensation for our clients. If we represent you, we are ready to fight for maximum compensation on your behalf.

Call our firm to learn more about how we may be able to help you. There is no cost to speak with an attorney in an initial consultation. Even if you decide to have us represent you, there are no upfront costs or fees to pay. Our firm does not collect any fees until the end of your case, and only if we obtain compensation for you.