Portland Truck Accident Lawyers

Victims of truck accidents often suffer severe, sometimes life-changing damages. As you look for answers on what to do next, you should know your rights and the legal options that are available to you.

A Rizk Law Portland truck accident lawyer can review your accident during a free legal consultation. There is no obligation to take legal action when you meet with the Rizk Law team, so there is absolutely no risk to you. If you choose to move forward, there will be no charge unless you obtain compensation for your damages.

Our firm’s founder, Richard Rizk, helped resolve insurance claims on the national level for Nationwide Insurance in the 1990s. He knows how insurance companies assess damages and injuries. Now, as a Portland personal injury attorney, this experience is invaluable when pursuing fair compensation from insurance companies after truck accidents. Mr. Rizk also has a thorough knowledge of trucking regulations on the state and federal levels and ensures that he stays up to date on any changes.

Rizk Law truck accident attorneys have helped numerous accident victims throughout Portland and the surrounding areas obtain total compensation for truck accident damages, empowering them to move forward with their lives.

Complete a Free Case Evaluation form or call us at 503.852.5761.

Oregon Truck Accident Statistics

In 2017, truck collisions accounted for 1,694 accidents in Oregon, the majority of which involved a tractor-trailer or semi-trailer.

Oregon truck accidents resulted in 628 injuries and 52 fatalities that year. There were also 154 accidents involving a truck hitting a fixed object, 233 involving a truck overturning, and just two caused by driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol.        

The top 10 truck driver errors that led to accidents in 2017 were (from first to last):

  • Speeding
  • Failing to remain in a lane
  • Following too close to other vehicles
  • Failing to yield the right of way
  • Distraction
  • Improperly changing lanes
  • Improperly turning
  • Fatigue
  • Disregarding signs
  • Tire failure

The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) recently discovered a surprising trend that indicates that the majority of automotive collisions in the Portland metro area occur on urban arterial streets that run through the city rather than major highways such as I-205, I-84 or I-5. PBOT has designated 30 streets as part of a high crash network. These streets were the site of 57 percent of motor vehicle accident fatalities in 2016.

In 2016, East Portland was the site of 24 out of the 44 traffic deaths in Portland, with eleven of those fatalities involving trucks or cars. East Portland intersects 15 of the 30 streets in the high crash network.

If you are a victim of an accident caused by the negligence of a truck driver, you may have grounds to pursue a lawsuit. Contact a qualified Portland truck accident lawyer today for a free consultation.

Fill out our Free Case Evaluation form or call us at 503.852.5761.

Federal Trucking Regulations Intended to Reduce Truck Crashes

For decades, the commercial trucking industry has been the backbone of American interstate and intrastate commerce. Although fundamental in keeping our economy afloat, these massive vehicles are incredibly dangerous. Today, large trucks make up 4% of all vehicles on U.S. roads, yet they are involved in 11% of fatal car accidents. The truck driving profession also has a fatal injury rate that is more than seven times higher than the overall workplace average.

To combat the hazards related to the trucking industry, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has implemented various safety regulations. Any vehicle that meets one or more of the following criteria is required to follow all FMCSA guidelines to prevent truck accidents and protect the public’s safety:

  • The vehicle is used on public highways for interstate commerce to transport passengers or property
  • The vehicle weighs 10,000 pounds or more
  • The vehicle is used to transport more than eight people (including the driver) for compensation or more than fifteen people (including the driver) without compensation
  • The vehicle is used to transport hazardous materials that necessitate placarding

A Rizk Law truck accident attorney can help you determine whether the vehicle you were struck by would be categorized as a commercial vehicle by the FMCSA. Any proof that a large commercial truck driver failed to comply with federal or Oregon trucking regulations may be used as evidence to prove fault in a personal injury claim.

Regulations to Reduce the Risk of Truck Accidents

To decrease the number of injuries and fatalities caused by truck accidents, motor carriers and their employees must follow federal safety regulations, such as:

  • Obeying hours of service (HOS) standards and limitations
  • Not driving when alertness is impaired, whether by:
    • Alcohol
    • Drug use
    • Illness
    • Fatigue
    • Anything else that could prevent them from safely performing their duties
  • Adhering to posted speed limits
  • Ensuring their payloads are sufficiently secured
  • Notifying their employer of any previous convictions they may have, such as:
    • Traffic violations
    • Driver’s license suspensions or revocations
  • Avoiding distractions while driving
  • Using extreme caution in adverse conditions
  • Checking the vehicle to ensure all mechanical, safety, and emergency equipment is in working order
  • Following special safety procedures when transporting dangerous commodities

Use of ELDs to Ensure Adherence to Trucking Regulations

One law, enacted by the FMCSA in 2015, requires most commercial trucks to have an Electronic Logging Device (ELD) installed. They projected that this new rule would prevent over 2,000 truck accidents per year and save over 30 lives annually.

ELDs are electronic hardware that records data from commercial motor vehicles, similar to the “black boxes” or flight recorders in airplanes. Many ELDs have built-in GPS tracking, gyroscopes, and accelerometers that can record data such as:

  • Airbag deployment
  • Fuel efficiency
  • Hours-of-service (HOS) compliance
  • Identification information for the
    • Driver
    • Authenticated users
    • Vehicle
    • Motor carrier
  • Brake application
  • Real-time GPS location
  • Speed of travel
  • Abrupt acceleration
  • Time and date
  • Tire pressure
  • Seat belt use

Suppose you witness a truck driver in Oregon performing their duties in a manner that could result in an accident. In that case, you can report them to the FMCSA National Consumer Complaint Database (NCCDB) or by using the Oregon Department of Transportation’s Truck Safety Hotline Reporting form.

When federal trucking regulations are not followed correctly, innocent people are put at risk and truck drivers, their employers, or the truck’s mechanics could be held responsible in the event of a crash.

Should You Hire a Portland Truck Accident Lawyer?

There are many advantages to having an experienced, knowledgeable truck accident attorney on your side after a truck accident.

Attorneys Can Handle Complex Cases

Truck accidents are often highly complicated and, many times, there are multiple parties that can be held liable, such as the:

  • Driver
  • Company that owns the truck
  • Company that owns the trailer
  • Company that loaded cargo into the trailer
  • Truck manufacturer
  • Repair shop that maintains the truck
  • Manufacturer of the trailer
  • Manufacturers of the truck’s components, including tires, engine parts, and brakes
  • The company or person that leased the truck or trailer from its owner

Typically, multiple insurance companies are also involved in truck accident claims, including all of the insurance companies for the above parties.

Proving negligence in a truck accident also usually involves locating and interpreting state and federal trucking regulations. Trucking regulations are generally filled with legal jargon that can be confusing or difficult to understand if you do not have extensive experience deciphering these types of documents.

Determining the full value of the damages you suffered takes time and is extremely difficult to do on your own. You should not have to deal with these issues after suffering a severe injury in a truck crash. Your focus needs to be on your medical treatment and making the best recovery possible.

Working with an attorney is a huge advantage after a truck accident. Our Portland truck accident lawyers have detailed knowledge of the various aspects of truck accident cases and how to apply that knowledge to your unique truck accident.

Attorneys Have the Resources and Know-How to Investigate

The strength of your injury claim will likely depend on the quality of the investigation into the accident and your injuries. A quality investigation takes time because there are often so many moving parts involved. From the cause of the crash to the condition of the truck and its cargo and the driver’s actions leading up to the accident, there is a lot to consider in truck accident cases.

Rizk Law truck accident lawyers are prepared to gather all of the relevant facts about your accident to prove negligence and establish the total value of your damages. This includes going to the scene to gather evidence, speaking with witnesses, evaluating your injuries and medical records, and reviewing the driver’s history.

Prompt Filing of Your Truck Accident Claim

The time you have to pursue compensation for the physical, financial, and emotional damages you accrued in a truck accident are limited by the State of Oregon.

Insurance companies have deadlines for filing claims, and Oregon’s deadline for truck accident lawsuits is two years from the date of the accident (ORS 12.110(1)). If you do not file a claim before an insurance company deadline or before the statute of limitations expires, you could lose your right to file a claim.

A Rizk Law truck accident attorney will ensure your claim and any other essential documents are filed on time.

Determine the Proper Value of Your Claim

The settlement you need and deserve is not just a random number. The settlement our Portland truck accident lawyers seek for you will be based on a life plan designed to compensate you for your accident-related needs for both today and in the future.

All contingencies must be accounted for, including:

  • Present and future medical bills
  • Rehabilitation
  • Property losses
  • Lost present and future income
  • Lost opportunity
  • Pain and suffering
  • Mental anguish
  • Loss of consortium

If your truck accident involved gross negligence, your settlement may also include a reward for punitive damages. Your compensation may look like a large lump sum, but it is more than that. Post-accident compensation is a crucial part of moving forward after an accident.

Being Prepared to File a Lawsuit

Truck accident cases are typically resolved through an insurance settlement. However, sometimes insurance companies do not offer the compensation victims deserve. When this happens, your last resort may be to file a personal injury lawsuit.

Our truck accident lawyers in Portland are prepared to file a lawsuit if the insurance claims process is unsuccessful. In fact, one of the benefits of having an attorney, particularly one with trial experience, is that it could encourage insurance companies to negotiate more fairly since they fear litigation. This alone could help you avoid the courtroom.

However, if a trial is necessary, you can rest assured that your Rizk Law attorney will help prepare you and keep you informed throughout the process. We know the thought of going to court is stressful, and we want you to know we can manage everything on your behalf and will fight for your best interests.

If you were injured in a truck accident, contact us today at 503.852.5761 for a free consultation.

What is Your Oregon Truck Accident Claim Worth?

The value of your truck accident claim is based on the cost of the damages you suffered in the accident. This includes two main types of damages: economic and non-economic damages.

Economic Damages

These are the damages that have a very specific value assigned to them. This value can be proven with specific documentation, including bills and receipts. Economic damages can include:

  • Medical bills: This includes current and future medical costs related to your injury for things like prescription drugs, medical procedures and tests, hospital stays, rehabilitation, durable medical equipment and travel to doctor appointments.
  • Lost wages and earning capacity: Truck crash injuries are often so severe that victims have to miss work for days, weeks or longer. If an injury is severe enough, it can cause a permanent impairment that forever affects the wages you earn through work. You could also receive compensation for education, training or vocational expenses you incur to allow you to return to the workforce.
  • Cost of household services: The physical limitations created by your injuries might prevent you from doing household chores like you used to do. If you have to hire help for these things, you may be able to recover compensation to cover your costs.
  • Property damage: Trucks are much larger than passenger vehicles and can cause irreparable damage to these vehicles in accidents. You may be able to recover compensation to repair or replace your vehicle if it gets damaged in the crash.

Non-Economic Damages

These damages do not have a specific monetary value attached to them. In other words, there are no receipts for these types of damages. The value of these damages is based on the evidence you present about their severity. Non-economic damages include things like:

  • Pain and suffering: This includes the physical and mental hardship you endure because of your injuries. This also includes the physical pain you suffer and the emotional issues, like depression, anxiety or sleeplessness.
  • Loss of companionship: Often, severe injuries affect the victim’s relationship with their spouse. For example, maybe a married couple cannot have the same sexual relationship as before the accident. You may not be able to provide the same level of affection as before.
  • Interference with normal activities: This excludes interference with gainful employment. This usually refers to hobbies or leisure activities that have been affected by your injuries. For instance, maybe you got a lot of enjoyment from playing a musical instrument, and you can no longer do that.

Establishing the value of non-economic damages often requires medical testimony. We might also have you keep a journal where you describe the effects of your injuries on a daily basis.

Liability Insurance Coverage

Another factor affecting the value of your claim is the amount of coverage in the liability insurance policies that apply to your case. Liability insurance will cover your medical expenses and property damage.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) requires interstate truckers to maintain minimum levels of coverage depending on the type of cargo the trucks are hauling. FMCSA mandates:

  • $300,000 minimum for non-hazardous cargo that is transported in vehicles weighing less than 10,001 pounds
  • $5,000,000 for vehicles with a seating capacity of more than 15 passengers; vehicles that can carry 15 or fewer passengers only need $1,500,000 in coverage
  • $750,000 for general freight carriers, but the requirement can go up to $5,000,000 depending on what is being transported
  • $1,000,000 for private carriers of oil and some types of hazardous waste
  • $5,000,000 for carriers of different types of hazardous substances

Responsibility for the Accident

Another factor affecting the value of your claim is whether or not you have any responsibility for the crash. Oregon has a contributory negligence law that reduces your compensation if you are partially at fault. Under this system, your percentage of fault determines how much your claim will be reduced.

For instance, if you file a claim for $100,000 in damages, but you are 10 percent at fault, you will only be able to recover a maximum of $90,000. However, if you are more than 50 percent at fault, you are barred from recovering any compensation, no matter how severe your injuries.

Given all of the factors involved in the valuation of your claim, you could greatly benefit from working with an experienced Portland truck accident attorney. At Rizk Law, we know how to properly evaluate your claim to determine the maximum amount of compensation you deserve.

Types of Truck Accidents in Oregon

No matter what type of truck accident you were involved in, if you suffered significant damages and you believe the crash was caused by negligence, you may have a valid legal claim. Some of the common types of truck accidents caused by negligence include:

  • Rollover accidents: This is when a truck tips over onto its side. These often occur when a truck carries too much cargo, or the driver is going too fast on an incline or decline.
  • Tire blowouts: A tire blowout dramatically increases the risk of an accident because the driver could lose control. Drivers and motor carriers must carefully monitor the condition of tires. If they do not, they could potentially be held liable.
  • Underride collisions: If a driver suddenly slams on the brakes, a car behind the truck could slam into the back. However, since the bottom of the trailer is often significantly higher than the hood of a passenger vehicle, the car may slide under the back, putting you at risk for severe or fatal injury.
  • Head-on collisions: These are possibly the most dangerous types of collisions because of the enormous size and weight difference between the car and the truck and are often the result of drunk driving.
  • Air brake accidents: When a truck’s air brakes fail, the truck is a danger to all the vehicles around it, especially if the vehicle is traveling downhill. Air brake accidents could be a result of poor maintenance or failure to replace brakes that needed to be replaced.
  • Rear-end accidents: Trucks need significantly more space to stop than smaller vehicles. If the truck driver is not paying attention or they are intoxicated, they could fail to give themselves enough space to come to a complete stop, causing them to hit another vehicle.
  • Lost load accidents: These accidents happen when cargo spills out of a truck onto the roadway or onto other vehicles. This is often due to the cargo not being adequately secured in the trailer or overloading the trailer. Trucks are only designed to carry a certain amount of cargo safely, and when these limits are exceeded, it increases the risk of a crash.

These accidents can involve many types of commercial trucks, including:

  • 18-wheeler trucks
  • Semi-trucks
  • Road trains
  • Garbage trucks
  • Tanker trucks
  • Dump trucks
  • Cement mixers

In 2017, tractor/semi-trailers were involved in 1,097 collisions in Oregon, causing 380 injuries and 32 fatalities. Trucks with fixed loads were involved in 282 crashes that caused 115 injuries and 16 fatalities.

Many truck accidents result from negligence or failure to exercise reasonable care. Sometimes it is the driver who was negligent because they were intoxicated, driving recklessly, were distracted or disobeyed traffic laws. Other times, the truck driver’s employer was negligent about maintaining the truck’s safe operation.

It can be tough to determine the source of negligence that caused your accident. This is one of the advantages of working with a truck accident lawyer in Portland.

Call Rizk Law today at 503.852.5761.

What Steps Should You Take After an Oregon Truck Crash?

The first thing many people think about after an accident is their injuries and obtaining medical treatment. This is the most important thing after an accident. Even if you do not think your injuries are that serious, go to a nearby hospital and get checked out. You may have been hurt worse than you think, and you should always begin treatment as soon as possible.

Another reason to quickly seek treatment is that it helps to link your injuries to the accident. If you wait, it may be more difficult to prove this connection.

Be sure to dial 9-1-1 and report the accident to the Portland Police Bureau. The officer will complete an accident report. This documentation could be a critical piece of evidence for your case. You can request a copy of the report by submitting a public records request online or by calling the Records Division.

However, there are secondary concerns after a truck accident, such as starting to build a claim for compensation for the damages you suffered. There are several steps you can take in the minutes after the crash to start collecting evidence that could be vital to your chances of recovering compensation.

Take Photos

If you have a phone with a camera, start taking pictures. Make sure to capture a variety of things, such as:

  • Damage to your vehicle
  • Damage to the truck
  • Identifying information for the truck, such as the name on the side of the trailer, license plate and serial numbers for the trailer and cab
  • Your visible injuries
  • Debris in the accident scene
  • Any damage to the roadway, guardrails, or road signs
  • Street signs to identify the location of the crash

Speak with Witnesses

If anyone is around who witnessed the crash, ask them about what they saw. They may have had a good view of the accident and could provide valuable insights into what it looked like and what was happening in the moments before the collision.

Make sure to take notes and ask witnesses for their contact information so you can contact them again in the future if you need clarification on anything you discussed. These witnesses may be able to testify as you are pursuing insurance compensation.

Collect the Other Driver’s Information

Ask for the driver’s personal contact information as well as their insurance company’s. This can speed up the process of filing an insurance claim. The faster you get the process started, the faster you may be able to recover compensation.

Watch What You Say

GPS devices in commercial trucks often notify truck companies of accidents in real-time. This is why truck and insurance company investigators can often make it to the scene not long after the crash. They might even get there before the police arrive.

However, be very cautious when speaking to these people. They may seem nice, even compassionate, but you need to remember that they are not concerned about your best interests. Their real goal is to pay you as little as possible. If they make a settlement offer at the scene or soon after you leave the scene, it is unlikely it will be adequate for your injuries and future expenses, no matter how generous they seem.

You should decline to give a recorded statement or sign anything until speaking with a qualified truck accident attorney in Portland, OR. A lawyer can review these requests and help you decide if and when it is in your best interest to sign anything or provide a recorded statement.

Do Not Admit Fault

It is possible that you could have done things differently, and you would have avoided a crash. However, the only way to really know what happened is to have the scene investigated by an experienced lawyer. They will reveal if you have any fault for the accident.

The problem with admitting fault right away is that it could hurt the value of your claim. This is particularly true if you admit fault to the insurance company for the truck driver or if you admit fault to the police. Answer the police officer’s questions but stick to the facts and leave out opinions.

What to Do About a Denied Insurance Claim for a Truck Accident

We pay for auto insurance without ever hoping that we actually need to use it. When we do need to put our policies to use, we expect them to take care of our needs as promised. When you finally need to utilize the insurance coverage you have paid for (often for years) after a truck accident, you deserve to receive help with all pertinent damages.

Unfortunately, auto insurance companies frequently deny legitimate claims filed by truck accident victims. If an insurer believes they have a contractual or legal ability to deny a claim, they will do so. Despite what these companies portray on television and in advertisements, they do not care about their policyholders as much as they care about what is in their wallets.

Reasons a Truck Accident Insurance Claim May Be Denied

Insurance claims may be partially or entirely denied by the insurer. If a claim is partially denied, the insurance company agrees to cover a portion of the claim.

Common reasons an insurance claim for a truck accident may be denied include:

  • The claimant or vehicle does not have coverage under the car insurance policy
  • The auto insurance policy was not valid at the time of the truck accident
  • The claim exceeds the policy’s limits
  • The claimant was under the influence at the time of the accident
  • The claimant did not have a valid driver’s license at the time of the crash
  • The claimed damages were unrelated to the truck accident
  • The policyholder waited too long to report the accident to the insurance company
  • The policyholder lied during the claim process or when applying for coverage

Although some claim denials are legitimate, sometimes claims are denied prematurely or in error.

What to Do After a Truck Accident Insurance Claim Denial

If an insurer has denied a claim you submitted after a truck crash, acquire the insurance company’s reasoning for denying your claim in writing and contact a Rizk Law lawyer for a free review of your claim. Rizk Law founder Richard Rizk is a former insurance company attorney who knows what it takes to get auto insurers to pay claims because he used to defend injury claims for national insurers himself.

In some instances, an insurance company may purposely deny a legitimate claim in bad faith. You could be owed compensation for punitive damages if an insurer denies your valid truck accident claim and:

  • Fails to investigate the claim reasonably
  • Does not provide a reason for denying the claim
  • Intentionally disregards regulations regarding the claims process
  • Deliberately ignores evidence supporting the claim

A lawsuit for bad faith insurance may be filed against your own insurer or a third party’s insurance company. Suppose you would like to pursue litigation against a third party’s auto insurance company for bad faith denial of your truck accident claim. In that case, you will need to provide evidence of more blatant misconduct, such as they engaged in fraud when processing your claim. If you believe an auto insurer has wrongly denied your claim, discuss your legal options with a Rizk Law truck accident lawyer.

Contact a Truck Accident Lawyer

There are many advantages to working with a lawyer after a truck accident, but to get the most out of it, you need to contact them right away. You want to give your attorney plenty of time to determine if you have a case, evaluate your damages, and explore your best options for recovering a fair settlement.

At Rizk Law, our truck accident lawyers understand the pain and suffering that truck accidents cause. Contact us today to learn more about your case and how we can guide you through the legal process.

Our founder Richard Rizk is not intimidated by insurance company tactics. He knows how to prepare your case to counter the opposition’s position and obtain the settlement you need and deserve.

Fill out a Free Case Evaluation form today or call us at 503.852.5761.

Trucking Industry Laws That May Affect Your Case

The central issue in personal injury cases is whether the victim’s injuries and damages were caused by the negligence of another party. Negligence refers to a failure to use reasonable care to prevent someone else from suffering an injury.

In a truck accident case, proving negligence may come down to proving the truck driver, their employer, or another entity violated federal or state trucking industry regulations.

Size and Weight Limitations

Oversized trucks can present a serious hazard to motorists for several reasons. Any truck weighing more than the maximum gross weight of 80,000 pounds is more likely to cause catastrophic injury to victims and damage to their vehicles.

The sheer size and weight of an oversized truck can also put additional strain on the braking system and tires, which can cause the truck’s tires to explode while traveling at high speed or prevent the truck driver from being able to stop in time to avoid a collision.

The Oregon Department of Transportation’s (ODOT) Motor Carrier Transportation Division administers and enforces trucking regulations within the state. In Oregon, the legal width allowed for trucks is eight feet and six inches, with a height limit of 14 feet, including the load and a load length of 40 feet or less.

For a single axle truck, the weight limit is up to 600 pounds per inch of tire width or up to 20,000 pounds. A tandem axle truck with two or three axles means the weight limit can be up to 600 pounds per inch of tire width or up to 34,000 pounds.

If a truck does not comply with these specific regulations, the truck driver may be charged with an overweight truck offense. Fines are calculated by the percentage the truck is overweight for its size.

Hours of Service Regulations

Some of the regulations that are often violated resulting in a truck accident are federal hours of service rules. These rules limit the number of consecutive hours property-carrying drivers can be on duty. These rules state that drivers:

  • Cannot drive more than 11 hours after being on duty for 10 consecutive hours
  • Cannot drive beyond the 14th consecutive hour after being on duty after 10 consecutive off-duty hours
  • Cannot drive unless eight hours or less have passed since the last off-duty or sleeper-berth period of at least 30 minutes
  • Cannot drive after being on duty between 60 and 70 hours over seven or eight consecutive days

Drug and Alcohol Testing Requirements

Some truck accidents result from the driver being drunk or under the influence of drugs. This is why federal and state regulations exist for drug and alcohol testing.

Oregon requires every motor carrier to have an in-house drug and alcohol testing program that complies with FMCSA guidelines. If a medical review officer from the testing program determines a driver has submitted a valid positive test, it must be reported to the Oregon Department of Transportation.

Under federal regulations, motor carriers are required to do drug and alcohol testing before permitting a driver to operate a vehicle. Motor carriers are also required to do a drug test after certain types of accidents, including after:

  • Fatal crashes, whether the driver was issued a traffic citation or not
  • Crashes that cause bodily injury with medical treatment away from the scene, if a traffic citation was issued to the driver
  • Crashes that caused disabling damage to a vehicle that was required to be towed away, provided the driver was issued a traffic citation

Inspections

Some commercial vehicles are not properly inspected. Improper inspection can lead to problems when operating the vehicle, which may result in an accident.

For example, vehicles must be inspected by a North American Standard Level I certified inspector. In other words, the inspector must comply with certification requirements under federal regulations.

Vehicles that are inspected and comply with the law are issued Oregon Commercial Vehicle Inspection Decals. These vehicles are not subject to being re-inspected. However, if there is an apparent defect, nothing is preventing the vehicle from being re-inspected.

There are many other state and federal regulations that may be relevant to your accident. Staying on top of these laws is vital to your case because any violation may indicate negligence by the trucking company. This is why it is helpful to have a truck accident lawyer in Portland with extensive knowledge of these laws and regulations.

Call Rizk Law right now for a free legal consultation. 503.852.5761.

What Parties Could Be Held at Fault for an Oregon Truck Accident?

Determining fault in the average motor vehicle accident is often as simple as identifying which driver committed a traffic violation. Accidents involving large commercial trucks, however, are seldom as cut-and-dry. Trucking accidents are usually complex cases that involve multiple at-fault parties.

Parties that could be held responsible for causing a truck accident in Oregon include:

  • The truck driver
  • Other drivers
  • The trucking company
  • The manufacturer of the truck or its parts
  • The owner or loader of the cargo
  • The truck’s mechanic
  • Government entities and other parties responsible for the design or upkeep of roads

Trucking companies will often try to shift responsibility to avoid being considered at-fault for an accident. A tactic used by some companies to avoid fault in an accident is requiring their drivers to purchase their own trucks so that they can be considered independent owner-operators. Fortunately, many trucking companies’ efforts to pass the buck rarely succeed.

Contact a Truck Accident Lawyer in Portland, OR to Get the Legal Help You Need

Truck accidents are as complicated as they are often catastrophic. However, you do not have to face the consequences of your accident alone.

Schedule a free consultation today to learn how Rizk Law’s Portland truck accident lawyers can put our experience and skill to work for you. We know how devastating these crashes can be, physically, financially, and emotionally, for the victim and their family members. Our attorneys are committed to pursuing maximum compensation because we know how important it is after a traumatic accident.