Portland Truck Accident Attorneys
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Thousands of trucking accidents happen across the United States every year. When they happen here in Portland, Oregon, locals know that there is one name that they should call for legal help: Pacific Cascade Legal. Our Portland truck accident lawyers are here to advocate on your behalf for the better, happier life that you deserve through a fair recovery, such as a settlement or court award.
Filing a truck accident claim can be intimidating because the opposition is often fierce. Let us stand up for you and intimidate them in equal measure. We have five-star reviews, newsworthy case results, and team members who have been recognized by Avvo, Super Lawyers®, and other professional organizations. With us leading the way, you can be more confident that your truck accident case has a fighting chance.
On This Page:
- How Truck Accidents Happen
- Truck Accident Liability
- Serious Injuries Caused by Truck Accidents
- How Can a Truck Accident Lawyer Help With My Case?
- Hire Our Team
- Truck Accident FAQ:
Truck accidents don’t just happen on their own. Something must go wrong for an accident to occur. With an investigation, it is often revealed that the truck driver’s negligence was the cause of the wreck, rather than a mistake on behalf of the other motorist.
How did your truck accident in Portland happen? This is an important question that our team of attorneys will need to ask and investigate.
Common causes of truck accidents in Portland include:
- Exhaustion: The average truck driver can be scheduled for 14-hour shifts with just 3 hours of rest. Toward the end of a long shift, exhaustion can get worse and worse, which increases the risk of an accident.
- Speeding: Truck drivers are typically paid by the mile driven, not by the hour. To try to finish a route faster and still earn the same amount of income, some truck drivers will break the speed limit, putting everyone on the road in danger.
- Overweight trailers: A trailer that is overloaded or made to be top-heavy can cause the truck driver to lose control in transit. Overloaded trailers can also cause the truck to tip over when rounding corners, taking turns, or driving through an area with heavy winds.
The cause of the truck accident should be a strong indicator of who is liable for it. In an injury claim, liability is another term for fault. The more fault the defendant has due to their negligence or intentional wrongdoing, the more compensation the plaintiff can demand from them for their losses.
Truck accident claims can be complicated for many reasons, including deciding liability and what parties should be named as defendants. It is not unusual for there to be more than one defendant in a truck accident case. Put your truck accident case on our desks, and we can handle all steps, including determining where liability lies.
Defendants in a truck accident claim could include:
- Truck driver and an insurance policy that they own individually.
- Truck driver’s employer/trucking company.
- Truck manufacturer or truck part manufacturer.
- Company that repairs or maintains the commercial truck.
- Company that loaded the commercial truck’s trailer.
It is common for people to suffer serious injuries in truck accidents. Catastrophic injury claims are one of our practice areas of focus at Pacific Cascade Legal. If your life has likely changed forever due to a serious injury that you suffered in a truck accident, then we want to hear from you.
Our Portland truck accident lawyers can work on cases that involve:
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
- Spinal cord injuries
- Broken bones
- Internal organ damage
- Soft tissue injuries
If you lost a loved one to a truck accident, then we can help you, too. We are familiar with the complexities and sensitive topics of wrongful death claims. Let us help you explore your options for justice and compensation.
Our experienced lawyers can help you in several ways with your case:
- Investigation: We can conduct an investigation to determine the cause of the accident. This investigation may include gathering evidence, interviewing witnesses, and consulting with accident reconstruction experts.
- Legal representation: We can represent you in court and negotiations with the insurance company. We can advocate for your rights and interests and ensure that you receive fair compensation for your injuries and damages.
- Insurance claims: We can help you file an insurance claim and negotiate with the insurance company to ensure that you receive the maximum amount of compensation available under the policy.
- Medical bills: We can help you manage your medical bills and ensure that you receive the necessary medical treatment for your injuries.
- Settlement negotiations: We can negotiate a settlement on your behalf with the insurance company, which can help you avoid a lengthy court battle and receive a fair settlement for your damages.
- Expert witnesses: We can consult with expert witnesses to provide testimony in court that can strengthen your case.
Overall, our Portland truck accident attorneys can provide valuable legal representation and guidance to help you navigate the complexities of a truck accident case and achieve the best possible outcome.
Standing up for the people in our communities is the foundation of everything that we do at Pacific Cascade Legal. If you were hit by a negligent truck driver in Portland, then we would be honored to get the chance to handle your injury claim. We won’t rest until we can secure the best possible outcome in your name.
A trucking company can be held liable for the accidents caused by the drivers that it employs, just as any other employer can be held responsible for the mistakes of its employees. We can investigate the circumstances of your accident to see if the trucking company can be named as a defendant.
Semi-trucks can use any road unless a traffic sign specifically forbids it. However, some residential roads might be prohibited for commercial truck use by default. For this reason, where your truck accident happened can play a large part in your claim’s validity.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) limits the average commercial truck, big rig, or semi to 80,000 pounds when calculating the entire weight of the vehicle, not just its cargo. An overloaded commercial truck poses a threat to motorists because the truck driver will have a more difficult time controlling it.
On some stretches of highways, big rigs can be subjected to a lower speed limit than other motorists, oftentimes as low as 55 mph. You might also see a commercial truck with a placard that says, “This vehicle does not travel faster than 65 mph.” This special limit is usually imposed by the trucking company to try to reduce its liability if a crash happens.