Who is at Fault for a Truck Accident in Oregon?
In the average motor vehicle accident, there is usually just one party that is found to be at fault: the driver. In truck accidents, there are usually multiple parties that must be investigated. If you have been injured in a truck crash in Oregon, Rizk Law attorneys can investigate the facts of your crash and help you file a claim to pursue compensation that will cover any expenses you’ve incurred because of the crash.
What Parties Could Be Held Responsible for a Truck Accident in Oregon?
Trucking accidents are typically complex cases that involve multiple parties that could be held responsible for a crash. Parties that could potentially be liable for a truck accident include the:
- Truck driver
- Passenger vehicle drivers
- Trucking company
- Owner of the cargo
- Cargo loaders
- Truck owner
- Manufacturer of the truck or its parts
- Truck’s mechanic
Trucking companies will often take measures to avoid responsibility for an accident. Some trucking companies, for example, may require drivers to work as independent contractors to avoid labeling them as “employees” whose actions could hurt them. They have also been known destroy evidence from black boxes, truck drivers’ cell phones, and other sources as soon as possible. This is why it’s crucial to work with an attorney as soon as possible after a trucking accident in Oregon. The sooner you contact a lawyer, the sooner they can send a request to the trucking company to preserve evidence needed to support your claim.
How Do You Identify Who is At Fault for a Truck Crash in Oregon?
Pinpointing reckless or negligent misconduct in Oregon truck accidents necessitates an investigation by a lawyer with experience handling truck accident cases. A skilled truck accident attorney in Oregon can help you identify all of the parties that could be at fault for your accident involving a commercial truck.
Below are just some of the measures Rizk Law lawyers take to figure out who is responsible for your accident:
- Conducting a thorough, independent investigation of your truck accident
- Utilizing information from police reports and truck maintenance logs
- Obtaining data recorded by the electronic data recorder
- Accessing trucking logbooks and maintenance logs
- Requesting communication records between dispatch and the trucker
- Examining in-cab fleet surveillance
- Reviewing timesheets or Hours of Service (HOS) records
Commercial trucks come in all shapes and sizes and can be found on highways and residential roads throughout the state. Regardless of your situation, you deserve qualified representation after suffering an injury. Rizk Law is here to help you through this challenging time.
Injured in a Truck Accident? Partner with an Experienced Truck Accident Attorney
It’s not easy to pursue a truck accident claim without legal counsel. There may be multiple parties responsible for harming you, and it may not be clear what steps you need to take to ensure your claim goes smoothly.
Your first step is partnering with a personal injury law firm like Rizk Law that will always put your interests first. With Rizk Law, you gain peace of mind that is vital to healing from a traumatic experience. Our attorneys understand the actions truck drivers, their insurance companies, and employers will take to avoid accountability for their negligence. You deserve an advocate who won’t give up on making sure you receive a fair settlement.
Attorney Richard Rizk is a former insurance defense and coverage lawyer who now lives to serve everyday people just like you. Since founding the firm in 2001, Richard Rizk has successfully recovered over fifteen million dollars in claims for his clients throughout Oregon. For a free, no-obligation evaluation of your large truck accident case, call (503) 245-5677 or complete our contact form.