What can an Oregon personal injury attorney do if you were involved in a truck accident?
I am dedicated exclusively to practicing personal injury law and I have proven results and experience with complicated truck accidents which caused significant injuries. I provide free consultations to discuss the facts of your case. Once I take your case you can focus on recovering. In every case, I advance all costs associated with pursuing your case and I do not get paid unless we win.
An experienced Oregon truck accident attorney will take steps to preserve the accident evidence so that truck accident investigation and reconstruction can be performed. It is important the truck and vehicles involved in the accident not be repaired before this investigation takes place. It is best if the accident scene itself can still be investigated before evidence that may exist is lost to time.
An experienced truck accident attorney will be able to investigate and name the proper defendants in a personal injury claim. This can be very complex in trucking accidents and require additional investigation.
Two years ago, as I was riding my motorcycle, on my year long journey from Chile to Canada, I got very badly injured. After over 35,000 miles, my journey was abruptly interrupted, as a distracted truck driver failed to yield and cut the road a few meters ahead of me. Just like that, in a second, everything was over. I was then flown to hospital, had four surgeries, stayed for a month and spent months in a wheelchair after being flown back home, in Belgium. -->More
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An Oregon personal injury attorney will identify the facts of your case to determine liability.
The facts of your truck accident will be important in determining liability. Faulty equipment, truck driver negligence, and trucking laws will be examined.
If the truck accident was found to be caused by faulty equipment, the truck driver hauling an overweight load, jackknifing, driving too many hours, even a truck or tractor trailer tires may be dangerous and contribute to an accident, an experienced truck accident attorney will work with experts to prove any faulty equipment that contributed to the accident for your case.
Duties of the Truck Driver
When truck driver negligence contributes to an accident involving injuries, both the driver and the trucking company may be held liable – particularly when driver negligence is also attributed to pressure from the company to deliver the load on time. Truckers are often pushed by trucking company to take on more trips or make better time, haul improper or even illegal loads.
Truck driver negligence can manifest itself in a variety of ways. Some of the more common types of negligence encountered on the road include:
- Aggressive driving
- Texting while driving
- Talking on a phone while driving
- Failing to use a turn single
Failing to properly inspect trucks before, during, and after a route,
- Driving with an overweight load, improperly balanced load, or improperly secured load
- Continuing to drive despite an adverse road condition
- Violating the federal law on sleep and rest time
- Falsifying driver logs to exceed permitted hours of driving
- Driving while intoxicated or while under the influence of a drug
- Driving too fast
Driving when too sleepy
Trucking Company Negligence
Like truck drivers, trucking companies are regulated by both federal and state laws. To protect innocent drivers on the road, the government imposes strict standards on trucking companies regarding maintenance, driver training, truck inspection, and employment practices.
Scheduling drivers on trips that exceed federal regulations relating to travel and sleep time.
Failing to ensure trucks are properly loaded, balanced, and secured.
- Hiring unqualified drivers who lack the proper training.
Requiring drivers to operate rigs that are improperly maintained, inspected, and repaired.
Failing to discipline drivers for safety violations.
Neglecting to provide safety devices on trucks to avoid causing more serious injury, such as rear underride protection and proper lighting on tractor trailers.
To hold a truck driver or trucking company accountable for a truck accident, contact me for a free consultation to discuss your case.