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Pedestrian killed in Portland car accident

Many car crashes don't involve any injuries at all. Unfortunately, some car accidents end in tragedy. Sometimes a victim of a car accident dies. In situations like these, the victim's family is left to deal with their loss, but they also face difficult financial times.

Recently, a pedestrian was killed in a Portland car accident. A taxi and a semi-truck collided in the road. That accident sent one of the vehicles on to the sidewalk, where it struck and killed a pedestrian. Four other pedestrians were also injured and taken to the hospital. Police have not confirmed the details of their conditions.

The accident remains under investigation and no charges have been filed. Police have not announced what caused the cars to collide. The drivers of the two vehicles are reportedly cooperating with police.

When a person is killed in a car accident, their family may be faced with growing expenses. The family may seek some sort of compensation for their loss. Often they seek compensation from the driver who caused the car accident. If a family decides to seek compensation, they will have to determine who caused the car accident.

To recover from a car accident the victim's family must prove that the driver was acting negligently and that the person caused the accident. In instances where there is more than one driver, the family will need to prove which driver was acting negligently. If more than one driver was negligent, the family will have to establish which driver was the more direct, or proximate, cause of the accident.

Source: UPI, "Pedestrian killed, 4 hurt in Oregon crash," Jan. 20, 2013

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