Experienced Truck Accident Attorneys in Portland, Oregon
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 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.
Large Vehicle Accidents in 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 offers 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 Multnomah County personal injury attorneys at the Law Offices of Jon Friedman today by calling 503-242-1440 for a free confidential assessment of your claim.