Trucking is a necessity to the national economy. Virtually every product sold is transported by the trucking industry. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration establishes rules and regulations that govern these commercial motor vehicles and the companies who operate then. These regulations are intended to keep the interstate highways safe. Even so, every year in the United States, trucks are involved in 5,000 deaths, 100,000 serious injuries, and 500,000 accidents.
Trucking accidents are much more likely to cause serious injury or death due to the difference in size and weight between a truck and a car. A fully loaded 18-wheeler semi-truck can weigh up to 80,000 pounds, while an average sedan weighs approximately 3,000 pounds. Unfortunately, as Portland truck accident attorneys, we have seen that a collision between a commercial truck and a car usually results in catastrophic injuries for the occupants of the car.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a trucking accident, compassionate Portland truck accident attorneys can help you deal with the trucking company and their insurance companies. The Portland trucking accident attorneys at DuBois Law Group LLC provide knowledgeable and compassionate legal representation to victims of trucking accidents.
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Common Causes of Oregon Truck Crashes
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Administration Causation Study in 2006, the main cause of trucking accidents is driver fatigue. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has laws that limit the “hours of service” that a trucker may operate his/her commercial vehicle. Sadly, truck drivers often do not obey these laws in order to meet unrealistic delivery deadlines and increase profit. Other causes of trucking accidents include:
- Overloaded trucks
- Oversized trucks
- Reckless or aggressive driving
- Poorly maintained equipment
- Poor driving conditions
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Failure to yield
- Defective safety equipment (reflective tape, lights, warning system)
If you or a loved one is involved in a trucking accident, it is important to remember that as soon as a trucking accident occurs, the trucking company sends out a highly skilled truck accident investigator to represent the trucking company.We highly recommend that you do not give them any information or sign any paperwork prior to consulting with a Portland truck accident attorney.
Insurance adjusters do not work for you and are in the business of paying out as little as possible so you will want a dedicated truck accident attorney to represent you and begin an immediate investigation into your accident so that valuable evidence is preserved and your well-being is the top priority. You are entitled to compensation for your injuries – medical, physical and emotional.
The dedicated Portland truck accident attorneys at DuBois Law Group LLC are prepared to fight for your right to be compensated for your injuries. Even if you are partially at fault in the accident, you may be entitled to damages. For a free case evaluation, call the competent truck accident attorneys at DuBois Law Group LLC.