Experienced Salem Truck Accident Lawyers Representing Drivers, Passengers, and Families
Located directly between Eugene and Portland and bisected by Interstate 5, Salem is a common stop on many commercial truckers’ routes. Unfortunately, the high volume of trucking traffic that passes through Salem means that trucking accidents are common as well. At D’Amore Law Group, we represent trucking accident victims and families in Salem and the surrounding areas, and we have recovered millions of dollars in compensation for our clients. If you need to seek financial compensation after a serious or fatal truck accident, our skilled Salem truck accident attorneys can help you, and we encourage you to contact us promptly for a free consultation about your legal rights.
Salem Truck Accident Attorneys for Cases Involving Distracted Driving, Truck Defects, and Other Factors
As with all types of vehicle collisions, truck accidents can result from a variety of different causes. In order to pursue a claim for compensation, it is first necessary to identify the specific factor (or factors) that were involved in your or your loved one’s crash.
According to data from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), the following are the 10 most common causes of commercial truck accidents:
- Brake failures
- Traffic congestion
- Driving under the influence of prescription medications
- Unfamiliarity with the road
- Road defects and maintenance issues
- Failure to stop at a traffic signal, sign, or crosswalk
- Driving under the influence of over-the-counter medications
- Inadequate surveillance
- Driver fatigue
Although the FMCSA does not define the term “inadequate surveillance,” this appears to be a reference to distracted driving. Distracted driving is a leading cause of all types of vehicle collisions, and truckers face plenty of potential distractions behind the wheel. This, combined with the fact that truck drivers spend exceedingly long hours behind the wheel on a daily basis, indicates that distracted driving could be a leading cause of commercial truck accidents as well.
This is borne out by our experience. When we investigate commercial truck accidents in Salem and other areas throughout Oregon, we always look for evidence that the truck driver was distracted behind the wheel. From talking and texting on the phone to navigating unfamiliar roads and communicating with dispatch, various distractions can impede truck drivers’ ability to operate their vehicles safely. Combine this with the multitude of other factors that make commercial trucks more dangerous than other vehicles, and it is not hard to see why distractions present major risks for truck drivers and other motorists on Salem’s roads.
3 Steps to Financial Recovery After a Commercial Truck Accident in Salem
While recovering your losses after a commercial truck accident is a complex and difficult process, this process can be broken down into three major steps. These steps are (i) determining the cause of the accident, (ii) calculating your losses, and (iii) fighting for the compensation you deserve.
1. Determining the Cause of the Accident
When seeking to recover your losses after a commercial truck accident, you must be able to identify the specific factor (or factors) involved. Our lawyers look for a variety of types of evidence when investigating commercial truck accidents, and we work to collect this evidence through a variety of different means. Once we determine the cause of your or your loved one’s accident, then our Salem truck accident lawyer can determine what company is liable, and this will provide us with the information we need to seek just compensation on your behalf.
2. Calculating Your Losses
When you are seriously injured or a loved one is killed in a truck accident, what constitutes “just compensation”? The answer to this question is different in every single case. Your losses are unique to you, and our Salem truck accident attorneys will need to work closely with you, your doctors, and our trusted medical and financial experts to make sure that we are seeking the full compensation you deserve.
3. Fighting for the Compensation You Deserve
Once we know who was at fault and how much you are entitled to recover, then we can fight for just compensation on your behalf. Our lawyers will use the available evidence to negotiate for a favorable settlement; and, if the at-fault party is not willing to settle, we will take your case to trial. At D’Amore Law Group, our proven Salem truck accident lawyers do what it takes to win our clients’ cases, and we will not stop fighting until you are satisfied.
Schedule a Free Consultation with a Salem, OR, Truck Accident Lawyer
Do you need to speak with an experienced Salem truck accident lawyer about pursuing a claim for just compensation after a commercial trucking accident in Salem, OR?
We also handle other types of injury cases, such as:
- Bicycle Accidents
- Construction Site Accidents
- Medical Negligence and Malpractice
- Motor Vehicle Accidents
- Nursing Home Neglect
- Pedestrian Accidents
- Sexual Abuse and Assault
- Wrongful Death
- Spinal Cord and Head Injuries
- Sinus Surgery Injury
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