Oregon Truck Accident Lawyers
If you’ve suffered an injury in a truck accident caused by the negligence of one or more other parties, Penn Kestner & McEwen will be standing by. Our firm has extensive experience in these cases, and we’re ready to fight for the compensation you deserve. Call (800) 732-3070 or contact us online for a free consultation.
Truck Accident Statistics in Oregon
According to the Oregon Department of Transportation, there were 1,730 reported crashes involving large trucks in 2020. These crashes resulted in 686 injuries and 44 fatalities. The most common contributing factors to these crashes were speeding, following too closely, and failing to yield the right of way.
State Trucking Regulations
Oregon has implemented several regulations to ensure the safety of commercial trucks operating within the state. These include the following:
- Hours of service requirements – Oregon has adopted the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) hours of service regulations for interstate carriers but has additional requirements for intrastate carriers. For example, intrastate carriers cannot drive more than 12 hours in 24 hours or more than 70 hours in eight days.
- Vehicle inspections – The state also has regulations requiring commercial vehicles to undergo regular inspections and maintenance checks. Commercial vehicles must pass a Level I inspection every year, which includes an examination of the vehicle’s brakes, tires, lights, and other components.
Types of Truck Accidents Caused in Oregon
Truck accidents can be devastating, and they can cause severe injuries, property damage, and even fatalities. Several types of truck accidents can occur on the roads.
One of the most common types of truck accidents is a rear-end collision, where a truck crashes into the back of another vehicle. Rear-end accidents can happen when the truck driver is distracted, tired, or driving too fast.
Another type of truck accident is a rollover, which occurs when the truck tips over on its side or roof. Rollovers often occur due to various factors, including speeding, overloading, or poor weather conditions.
Jackknife accidents occur when a truck’s trailer swings out and forms a V-shape with the cab. This can happen when the truck driver brakes suddenly or when the trailer is overloaded.
Finally, underride accidents occur when a smaller vehicle crashes into the back of a truck and becomes wedged underneath. Poor visibility, distracted driving, or sudden braking by the truck driver are some of the reasons this kind of accident occurs.
Common Causes of Truck Accidents
One of the most common causes of truck accidents is driver error. Errors include distracted driving, fatigued driving, speeding, and driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Truck drivers may also cause accidents by not adhering to traffic rules or driving aggressively.
Another common cause of truck accidents is equipment failure. This can include faulty brakes, tire blowouts, or steering system failures. Inadequate maintenance or defective equipment can cause these failures, putting the truck driver and other motorists at risk.
External factors like weather conditions can also contribute to truck accidents. Rain, snow, and fog can decrease visibility and make roads slick, making it difficult for truck drivers to maneuver their vehicles safely.
Improper loading or securing of cargo can cause truck accidents. Overloaded or unsecured cargo can shift, causing the truck to tip over or jackknife.
Who’s Liable for My Injuries?
Determining liability for injuries sustained in an accident can be complex, depending on the incident’s circumstances. In general, the party responsible for the accident is the one who acted negligently or recklessly.
In the case of a car accident, liability typically falls on the driver who caused the collision. However, in truck accidents, multiple parties may share liability, including the truck driver, the trucking company, and the manufacturer of the truck or its parts.
The truck driver might be liable for the accident if they were driving recklessly or negligently. The trucking company may also share responsibility if they failed to train the driver correctly, didn’t maintain the truck, or violated federal regulations. The manufacturer might be liable if a defect in the truck or its parts caused the accident.
How Much is My Case Worth?
The value of a truck accident case varies depending on the circumstances surrounding the accident and the extent of the damages incurred. Generally, the more severe the injuries and damages, the higher the case value.
In truck accident cases, damages include medical bills, lost wages, property damage, pain and suffering, and future medical expenses. If the accident resulted in a permanent disability, the value of the case might be higher.
The amount of insurance coverage available also plays a role in determining the value of a truck accident case. Sometimes, the trucking company may have significant insurance coverage, allowing for a higher settlement or judgment.
It’s important to note that there’s no set formula for determining the value of a truck accident case. Each case is unique and requires a thorough investigation to assess the damages sustained.
Do I Need to Hire a Truck Accident Attorney?
Truck accidents can be complex, and having an experienced attorney can ensure your rights are protected and you receive the compensation you deserve.
Truck accident attorneys deeply understand federal and state regulations that govern the trucking industry. They can investigate the accident’s circumstances, gather evidence and build a strong case on your behalf.
A skilled lawyer can also help you navigate the claims process with insurance companies and negotiate a fair settlement. They can file a lawsuit and represent you in court to ensure you receive just compensation for your injuries and damages.
The attorneys with Penn Kestner & McEwen work on a contingency fee basis, meaning they only get paid if you receive a settlement or judgment. This means you can get the legal representation you need without worrying about upfront costs.
Contact Penn Kestner & McEwen Today
The experts with Penn Kestner & McEwen will do everything they can to fight for the compensation you have coming. Schedule a free case review by using our online contact form or calling (800) 732-3070.