Truck Accidents

Truck Accident Lawyer in Bend, OR

Crashes involving large trucks or semi-tractors are different than other automobile accidents because they tend to involve greater damage, resulting in serious injury or death. Recent federal court cases have also provided incentive for many large trucking companies to employ "independent contractors" to insulate the companies from crash-related costs. The actual cargo or what is being transported by the truck may be owned by yet another party. There could therefore be a number of potential entities and their respective insurance companies involved in these cases.

These insurance companies have vast experience minimizing their liability so as to maximize their profits. If you are injured in a trucking accident, you need a dedicated advocate on your side immediately.

Causes & Consequences of Truck Accidents

In addition to the complexities of dealing with a claim in a truck crash, this type of case also often involves severe injuries. Many commercial trucks weigh 80,000 pounds or more, whereas the average passenger vehicle weighs about 3,000 pounds. This is a stacked deck in a crash with the smaller vehicle taking the brunt of the force, which leads to serious, even fatal, results in many circumstances. Making sure you are fairly compensated for your losses in these circumstances often requires knowing how to show your damages and prove negligence on the part of the bad driver.

Most over-the-road, commercial drivers and the companies that engage in this business are controlled by the rules and regulations of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). The most cited reason for trucking accidents is driver fatigue, despite the fact that there are rules set by the FMCSA that govern how many hours a commercial driver may operate a vehicle. These rules are often ignored over the need to make a delivery on time. Such negligence will rarely be admitted and usually is only discovered upon a thorough review of the driver's logs.

Other common negligent reasons for crashes involving big rigs and other commercial vehicles are:

  • Speeding
  • Swerving
  • Aggressive or reckless driving
  • Failing to yield
  • Inattentive driving
  • Driving under the influence
  • Continuing to drive in poor conditions
  • Driving too fast for conditions
  • Overloaded trailers
  • Oversized trucks
  • Faulty or poorly maintained equipment

Investigating a Truck Accident

Early investigation is the key to handling truck crash cases. Official accident reports from the law enforcement agencies that investigated the crash must be obtained and reviewed carefully. Sometimes other agencies such as state or federal Department of Transportation agencies are involved in investigating serious accidents.

Often, the authorities will obtain information from the vehicle's "black box," which is installed in most new, large commercial vehicles like buses or big rigs. The information from this device can be extremely valuable in determining negligence, including data about speed and braking just moments before the crash. If you are injured in a crash involving a tractor-trailer, bus, or other large commercial vehicle, you need the immediate assistance of a personal injury attorney to help you understand who and what caused the crash. It is only after this determination that you can seek compensation from those responsible for your injuries and losses.

Filing a Truck Accident Claim

Oregon, Nebraska, and Minnesota truck accident laws are varied and complex. Filing a claim often involves greater levels of proof than car crash cases, especially regarding liability. The trucking and insurance companies will start working up their cases moments after the crash occurs.

If you are injured because of the negligent operation of a truck, bus, or other commercial vehicle do not wait for the driver or insurance companies to take responsibility and make sure that you are made whole.

Hire My Firm for Assistance with Your Trucking Accident Case

Have you been injured in a trucking accident? If so, then you need to talk to Hughes Law immediately. Contact an aggressive trial lawyer to help investigate your case and insist on the compensation you need to make up for the injuries that were caused to you.

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