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Experienced Portland Truck Accident Attorneys

Millions recovered for our clients all over the United States.

Goldberg & Loren represent clients who have been injured in truck accidents in Portland, OR.

We represent those who have been injured in truck accidents in Portland, Oregon, and our team has been taking on trucking companies and insurance providers since 1994 and winning.

If you have been involved in a truck accident, our legal team will review your case and will keep you informed regarding your legal options.

You may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages.

Call us today at (971) 339-8080 for a free consultation.

Truck Accident Lawyers

What is Considered a Truck Accident?

The kind of truck accident we are referring to is not your average Ford pick-up, it is an accident that involves a large commercial truck, such as an 18-wheeler, semi-truck, or delivery truck. The negligence of the truck driver, the trucking company, or a mechanical failure can cause these accidents.

Commercial truck accidents can be very serious, and often result in severe injuries or even death. If you or a loved one has been involved in a truck accident, reach out to our experienced truck accident lawyers in Portland for effective legal representation.

Truck Accidents in Oregon

The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) reports that there were 3,074 truck accidents in Oregon in 2017. Of these accidents, 29 resulted in fatalities and 1,387 resulted in injuries.

Most truck collisions happen on the highways or interstates. In Oregon, the most common location for truck accidents is Interstate 5, followed by Interstate 84.

Causes of trucking accidents vary, but they include:

Driver fatigue – Truck drivers often work long hours and may be sleepy at the wheel.

Distracted driving – Truck drivers may be distracted by their cell phones, GPS devices, or other passengers in the vehicle.

Speeding – Truck drivers may be tempted to speed in order to make deliveries on time.

Reckless driving – Truck drivers may engage in aggressive or reckless driving, such as tailgating or changing lanes without signaling.

Improper maintenance – Trucking companies may fail to properly maintain their vehicles, leading to mechanical failures.

Load shifts – If a truck’s load is not secured properly, it can shift during transport, causing the truck to lose control.

What to Do After a Truck Accident

If you have been involved in a truck accident, there are some important steps you should take to protect your rights.

  1. Seek medical attention for any injuries you have suffered. It is important to get treated right away and to document your injuries.
  2. Do not speak to the truck driver or the trucking company’s insurance adjuster. Anything you say could be used against you later.
  3. Call our experienced truck accident lawyers. We will investigate the accident, gather evidence, and handle communications with the insurance companies.

Don’t suffer because of someone else’s negligence. You deserve compensation for both your physical and financial trauma resulting from this accident.

Common Types of Injuries in Truck Accidents

Based on data from the Oregon Department of Transportation, there were 206 truck crashes in Portland in 2020, with approximately half of them (107) resulting in injuries. [1]

Because of the sheer weight and size of commercial trucks, accidents involving these vehicles often result in serious injuries. Some common injuries seen in truck accident cases include:

Back injuries – Back injuries can include spinal cord injuries, herniated disks, and nerve damage. Treatment for these injuries can range from chiropractic care to back surgery. Spinal cord injuries can result in paraplegia or quadriplegia.

Broken bones – Broken bones can occur when a truck hits a car, or when a passenger is ejected from the vehicle. Broken bones often require surgery to heal properly.

Burn injuries – Burn injuries can be caused by the truck’s engine catching fire, or by chemicals that are being transported in the truck. These injuries can be very painful and may require skin grafts or other treatment.

Head injuries – Head injuries can range from concussions to traumatic brain injuries (TBI). People who sustain head injuries can have long-term effects, including memory loss, mood swings, and cognitive impairment.

Neck injuriesWhiplash is a common neck injury in car accidents, but it can also occur in truck accidents. Neck injuries may require surgery to correct and can cause pain from months to years after an accident.

Wrongful Death in Truck Accidents

If you have lost a loved one in a truck accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses. Under Oregon law, the family of a deceased victim can recover damages for funeral and burial expenses, loss of companionship, and loss of financial support.

Our experienced wrongful death attorneys will help you recover a settlement to help pay for funeral and burial costs as well as long-term provision for the lost financial support.

Compensation for Truck Crash Victims in Oregon

If you have been been injured in a truck accident, you have an opportunity to pursue compensation for your losses.  Compensation in a personal injury case can include damages for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.

In some cases, punitive damages may also be available. Punitive damages are used to deter future misconduct by penalizing the person responsible for the truck collision.

Is it Worth Getting a Lawyer for a Minor Accident?

The Statute of Limitations in Oregon

Did you know that over the last decade, truck accidents in Portland have consistently risen? Between 2009 and 2019, these incidents surged by approximately 34.93%. [2]

When a crash involving a truck occurs, consulting with a lawyer in a timely manner will prevent you from missing your chance to file.

The Statute of Limitations on personal injury cases, including commercial vehicle accidents, is two years from the date of the accident.

Tricks Commercial Drivers and Trucking Companies Play

If the driver of the commercial vehicle is a CDL driver, there are some common tricks that are played.

The company may try to get the driver’s logs altered. The problem with this is that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) are very specific about what needs to be logged, and how it needs to be logged. If these logs are altered, it can invalidate them.

A trucking company might also attempt to intimidate the injured party into taking a low offer. Their motivation is to convince the victim to take less money than they are entitled to.

If you are involved in a traffic collision with a commercial vehicle, you have rights. Our personal injury lawyers in Portland are standing by to listen to your experience and offer legal guidance.

What Not to Do After an Accident with a Truck

Do not sign anything without speaking to an attorney. The insurance company will often try to get you to sign a release or waiver of your rights. This is a bad idea, as it may waive your right to file a personal injury lawsuit or collect damages.

Do not give a statement to the insurance company without speaking to an attorney. The insurance company will often try to get you to give a recorded statement. This is also a bad idea, as the insurance company will often use a statement against the victim

Do not accept a low offer from the insurance company without speaking to an attorney. The insurance company is interested in settling the case quickly. Do not fall for this. You may be entitled to much more money than the insurance company is offering.

How We Can Help

If you or a loved one has been involved in a truck accident, we can help. Our Portland truck accident lawyers have extensive experience handling these complex cases and we will pursue the largest settlement possible for you and even fight your case in court if necessary.

Call us today to schedule a free consultation. Our firm serves clients in Portland, Eugene, Salem, and throughout Oregon.

We know what it takes to win these truck accident cases and get you the compensation that you deserve.

Call at (971) 339-8080 or access our online form for a free consultation.

Sources:

[1] 2020 OREGON TRAFFIC CRASH SUMMARY. (n.d.). Retrieved March 21, 2022, from https://www.oregon.gov/odot/Data/Documents/Crash_Summary_2020.pdf

[2] [2] Unit, O. C. A. R. (2010, September 1). 2009 Oregon Traffic Crash Summary. https://rosap.ntl.bts.gov/view/dot/6213

Goldberg & Loren

6500 S Macadam Ave Suite 300
Portland, OR 97239
(971) 339-8080

James Loren

Being injured in a commercial vehicle accident can leave you and your family with many questions. Besides the pain and suffering and possible death, you need to know who will pay for damages, medical bills, lost wages, and more. We can help you make sense of your truck accident while fighting for maximum compensation.

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