Truck accidents can be doubly devastating for victims. First, heavy equipment moving at high speeds has enormous destructive potential. Injuries from commercial truck accidents can be severe, if not fatal. Second, victims find that truck companies are extremely well-represented by seasoned defense attorneys determined to reduce claims against the company.
Fortunately, Harris, Wyatt & Amala in Salem is available to provide robust representation focused on maximizing your compensation. We thoroughly investigate your accident and consult with qualified experts to reconstruct events to determine liability. We are principled negotiators and formidable trial attorneys, and we make every effort to obtain the best results possible.
Call us to discuss your trucking accident 866-364-4872. We can make sure all parties to the suit are found and included.
Did Truck Driver Negligence Cause Your Accident?
As with passenger car collisions, the greatest single factor is driver negligence. Although truck drivers should aspire to a higher standard, they are often just as likely to engage in unsafe practices such as:
- Aggressive driving
- Cellphone use
- Driving while fatigued
- Eating while driving
- Texting while driving
- Weaving in traffic
Of course, truck accidents can be complex. Drivers of passenger cars often disregard safety rules when in traffic with semi-trucks. Passenger cars making sudden lane changes can force a big rig to brake suddenly, causing it to jackknife. Our firm understands that when managing a case of catastrophic injury or wrongful death, we must investigate every fact and hold all responsible parties accountable.
When Is The Trucking Company Responsible For A Crash?
The short answer to that question is “almost always.” Under the theory of respondeat superior, the company must answer for the negligence of its employees. So, if a truck driver was speeding, the company must answer for it. But there are also instances in which the company directly contributed to the accident:
- Faulty maintenance
- Hiring unqualified/unlicensed drivers
- Improper loading of cargo
- Overworking the drivers
- Violations of state and federal trucking regulations
It’s also possible that the accident resulted from a truck defect, such as poor brakes or faulty tires, in which case the manufacturer of the part in question must be held accountable. Our injury lawyers have the experience to manage complex accident investigations so we can pinpoint what caused a crash and make a strong case for compensation.
Trustworthy Legal Guidance
If you need legal representation for a truck accident in Oregon, you can rely on our firm. Call us at 866-364-4872 or contact us online to set up a free initial consultation. We take pride in fighting for our clients’ rights. Let us be your advocate.