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Truck Accident Lawyer in Portland, Oregon
At the Law Offices of Jon Friedman, our truck accident lawyers in Portland, Oregon understand that semi-truck crashes are some of the most serious and deadly types of personal injury cases.
Semi-trucks can carry up to 80,000 pounds in trailers up to 53 feet long and, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, these vehicles were involved in thousands of collisions last year that caused over 116,000 injuries.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration listed nearly 4,800 deaths during those collisions, marking a nine percent increase from the previous year.
Our Portland, Oregon truck accident attorneys have more than 35 years of experience representing clients who have suffered critical and catastrophic injuries, as well as families who have lost loved ones due to these serious collisions, we are available to review your claim during a free confidential assessment today.
What are the Most Common Causes of Truck Accidents in Portland, Oregon?
Because of the weight and size of large trucks, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration requires all drivers to pass both written and driving tests to obtain the necessary commercial driver’s licenses before getting behind the wheel of a semi-truck.
Further, they regulate the driver’s hours of service, driving records, and employment by placing strict Federal guidelines on the trucking companies that employ them.
They also implement procedures and systems for maintenance and loading requirements to help keep the general public safe from the many moving parts of the trucking industry.
Unfortunately, even with all the checks and balances, negligence remains the leading factor in truck accidents in Oregon and across the country.
- Truck driver negligence in the form of aggressive, fatigued, or distracted driving, speeding, and drug or alcohol use
- Trucking company negligence by hiring inexperienced truck drivers and failing to properly train them, and failing to conduct the proper background checks or administer random drug and alcohol tests
- Maintenance negligence that leads to brake failures, tire blowouts, transmission malfunctions, and damaged safety equipment
- Manufacturer negligence for failing to recall or warn of defective trucks or parts
- Cargo loaders or another third party that fails to load the trucks properly
Any combination of individuals or companies listed above may also be held responsible in cases where several parties were negligent in the truck’s operation, which led to an accident with injuries or death.
What are the Most Common Types of Oregon Truck Accident Injuries?
If you have been injured in a truck accident, chances are your experience was traumatic and has remained an emotional obstacle in your healing process.
This is not uncommon and should be considered when pursuing the proper compensation for your unique injury circumstances.
Other common truck accident injuries can include, but are not limited to:
- Seatbelt and airbag injuries
- Broken or crushed bones
- Internal bleeding
- Organ damage
- Rib and torso injuries
- Neck injuries
- Head injuries, including Traumatic Brain Injuries
- Spinal injuries and paralysis
- Loss of limbs
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Wrongful death
Because of the serious nature of truck accidents, there is no limit to how each injury victim’s injuries will affect their life directly after the accident and going forward. Our truck accident lawyers in Portland, Oregon will account for each detail in our claim against the negligent party or parties.
At The Law Offices Of Jon Friedman, Our Portland Personal Injury Attorneys Also Focus On The Following Practice Areas:
- Accident Injury
- Airplane Accident
- Auto Wreck
- Bicycle Accident
- Bus Accident
- Boating Accident
- Construction Accident
- Motorcycle Accident
- Dog Bite
- Pedestrian Accident
- Slip and Fall
- Product Liability
- Legal Malpractice
- Medical Malpractice
- Scooter Accident
- Train Accident
- Wrongful Death
Large Vehicle Accidents in Portland, Oregon are Caused by More than Semi-Trucks
Traffic collisions involving large trucks occur throughout Portland and Oregon each day. In many cases, these commercial vehicles are not semi-trucks.
Our personal injury lawyers also handle cases that were caused by different types of commercial vehicles, including:
- Box trucks
- Concrete trucks
- Corporate cars, trucks, and SUVs
- Delivery vehicles
- Dump trucks
- Flatbed trucks
- Heavy equipment vehicles
- Trash trucks
The Law Offices of Jon Friedman offer personal attention and experience to assist you from the first meeting through the end of your claim. We can help recover losses brought on by your injuries including medical bills, wage loss, pain and suffering and interference with your ability to lead your normal daily living activities.
Contact Our Portland Truck Accident Lawyers for a Free Consultation Today
The Law Offices of Jon Friedman offers free initial consultations to discuss the details of your truck accident claim to pursue a fast and fair settlement.
If you believe you have a claim and have questions or concerns about how to proceed, please contact our Portland personal injury attorneys at the Law Offices of Jon Friedman today by calling 503-242-1440 for a free confidential assessment of your claim.
Frequently Asked Questions for Our Portland Truck Accident Attorneys
When should I hire a Portland truck accident attorney?
You should hire a Portland truck accident attorney as soon as possible after the accident. It is essential to seek legal advice before speaking with the insurance company or accepting any settlement offers. A truck accident attorney can help you understand your rights, negotiate with the insurance company on your behalf, and represent you in court if necessary.
How can a Portland truck accident attorney help me?
A Portland truck accident attorney can help you in many ways, including: Investigating the accident, Negotiating with the insurance company and Filing a lawsuit.
What damages can I recover in a truck accident case?
In a truck accident case, you may be able to recover the following damages: Medical expenses, Lost wages, Pain and suffering and Property damage.
Can I negotiate with insurance companies without an attorney?
While you can certainly try to negotiate with insurance companies on your own, it is generally not recommended. Insurance companies have teams of attorneys and adjusters who are trained to minimize payouts, and it can be difficult to get a fair settlement without legal representation.
How long does it take to resolve a truck accident case?
The length of time it takes to resolve a truck accident case can vary widely depending on the complexity of the case and other factors. Some cases may be settled quickly, while others may take several months or even years.
What evidence is important in a truck accident case?
Evidence that may be important in a truck accident case includes witness statements, police reports, photos and videos of the accident scene, medical records, and more. Your attorney can help you gather and organize this evidence to support your claim.
Can I sue the trucking company for a truck accident?
In many cases, it may be possible to sue the trucking company for a truck accident. Trucking companies have a duty to ensure that their drivers are properly trained, their vehicles are properly maintained, and their operations comply with federal and state regulations. If they fail in these duties and an accident occurs, they may be held liable for damages.
How do I choose a truck accident attorney?
When choosing a truck accident attorney, it is important to look for someone with experience handling similar cases, a track record of success, and a commitment to client service. You should also look for an attorney who offers a free consultation so you can discuss your case and determine if they are the right fit for you.
Law Offices of Jon Friedman
1020 Southwest Taylor Street, #430, Portland, OR 97205