Oregon Truck Driver Sustains Serious Injuries in Collision with Trees
On Monday, February 18, 2013, Oregon State Police responded to a serious semi-truck crash on Highway 58 that resulted in a commercial truck driver being transported via LifeFlight to Sacred Heart Medical Center with serious injuries. Still under investigation, the semi-truck accident occurred in the early afternoon about two miles west of Oakridge when the truck driver, whose semi was pulling two semi-trailers, left the highway, went down a steep ditch and came to rest after crashing into a couple of trees. According to an Oregon State Police News Release, the reason for the crash remains under investigation and police had not released the name of the adult male driver of the semi as of Monday evening.
While this accident involved only the truck (still a tragedy for the driver), many semi-truck accidents involve much more than an injured truck driver and the death of a couple of trees. In fact, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, “in 76% of fatal crashes involving large trucks and 80% of injury crashes involving large trucks,” passenger vehicles are involved in 91% of the fatal crashes and 94% of the injury crashes—meaning that if you are involved in an accident with a heavy truck, the likelihood of injury is high. When you think about it, it stands to reason that a semi-truck or large truck that weighs thousands of pounds is no match for a car in a collision.
What to Do If You Are Injured in a Collision with a Heavy Truck or Semi-Truck
Should you be unfortunate enough to find yourself injured as the result of a collision with a large truck or semi-truck, you should first take care of your injuries, and then contact a semi-truck accident lawyer for assistance before speaking with any insurance adjusters or truck company representatives. Particularly problematic for injury victims who try to collect damages for wrongful death or injuries as the rules a regulations applicable to the trucking industry are vast, a truck accident claim becomes complex almost immediately after the incident.
Not only must you deal with the driver involved in the accident, but you must also deal with your insurance provider, the driver’s insurance representative, the owner of the truck, the hiring company of the truck, the owner of any cargo that the truck was carrying (which could be one or several entities), and other organizations and businesses all across the country trying to pursue damages incurred as a result of the collision. A mind-boggling task, just filing a claim against the driver or the driver’s insurance company can be exhausting.
Your best resource should you need assistance with the legal and insurance issues following a truck accident is an experienced semi-truck accident lawyer who knows the ins and outs of the trucking industry, has a successful track record of positive outcomes in truck accident litigation, and is aggressive enough to deal with the often adversarial parties attached to your claim. The semi-truck accident lawyer you choose should also be familiar with the multitude of regulations for the operation of large trucks, know how to gain access to the drivers’ log books for examination, and be able to decipher truck inspection reports for the truck involved in the accident.
Contact the Semi-Truck Accident Lawyers at Shulman DuBois, LLC for Legal Assistance with Your Large Truck Accident Case
At Shulman Dubois, LLC, we have the skill, knowledge, and experience you need when dealing with a truck accident injury claim or lawsuit. With years of insurance negotiation experience and large truck litigation, we are Portland semi-truck accident lawyers you can depend on to ensure that your rights are not violated and that you receive your share of any insurance monies available after an accident. For assistance with a semi-truck accident claim, contact the semi-truck accident lawyers at Shulman Dubois.