Trusted Vancouver WA Truck Accident Attorneys Ready To Help You
Semi-trucks can weigh 80,000 pounds (40 tons) or more, and be up to 75 feet in length – many times larger and heavier than your car or truck.
Along I-5 and I-84 in Oregon, trucks with 2 or 3 trailers – called LCVs – are a common sight. These large trucks are much more likely than passenger cars to be involved in a fatal crash.
There are strict rules and regulations that commercial vehicles like semi-trucks and buses must follow. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) outlines the safe, correct way for commercial tractor-trailers to be loaded, maintained, and operated. When these rules are broken, innocent drivers and passengers are put at risk.
Most truck drivers are well-trained professionals who follow the safety rules regarding recordkeeping, hours of service, and cell phone use. However, when a semi-truck is involved in an accident, often the driver is in violation of at least 1 of these regulations. Nearly 33% of all large-truck drivers involved in fatal accidents had at least one prior speeding conviction, compared to less than 20% of passenger vehicle drivers involved in fatal crashes.
If you have been injured in a truck accident, or if a family member has been seriously injured or died as a result of the crash, contact the skilled and winning Vancouver WA truck accident lawyer at D’Amore Law Group by email, or call 800-905-4676 for a free consultation.
$1.4 million dollar settlement in Medford, Oregon trucking accident
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$2 million dollar result on behalf of the widow whose husband was killed when he was rear-ended by a semi-truck in Oregon. The man’s car was pushed off the road into a ditch and burst into flames. Investigation after the crash showed that the truck driver had illegal drugs in his system at the time of the accident, and had falsified log reports.
What Are the Leading Causes of Commercial Truck Accidents?
After a commercial truck accident, proving the cause of the accident is a crucial step toward recovering just compensation. Due to various factors, it is often more challenging to prove fault in a truck accident than it is in an “ordinary” vehicle collision. With our attorneys’ extensive experience in commercial truck accident cases, we are able to conduct thorough and efficient investigations in order to collect the evidence we need to win our clients’ cases. Based on our experience, some of the most common factors in these dangerous accidents include:
- Distracted Driving – Just like other drivers, truck drivers are susceptible to getting distracted by their phones behind the wheel. Navigating, communicating with dispatch, and other driving distractions are also common factors in commercial truck accidents.
- Alcohol Impairment – An alarming number of commercial truck accidents involve drivers who were under the influence of alcohol at the time of the collision. With the sheer size and weight of 18-wheelers and other commercial trucks, alcohol impairment can be even more dangerous for truck drivers than it is for other motorists.
- Drug Impairment – A significant number of truck accidents also involve drivers who are under the influence of prescription, over-the-counter, and illegal drugs. Marijuana, sleep medications, and other drugs can all grossly impair a truck driver’s ability to stay safe on the road.
- Truck Driver Inexperience – Driving a tractor-trailer, tanker truck, or other large commercial truck is not easy. It takes training and lots of practice in order to maneuver one of these vehicles safely on the public roads. Unfortunately, many trucking companies put drivers behind the wheel before they are ready. And when emergencies present themselves, these drivers lack the knowledge and the skill they need to avoid a crash.
- Truck Driver Fatigue – Despite the fact that federal safety regulations limit the number of hours truck drivers can spend behind the wheel, driver fatigue continues to be a common factor in commercial trucking collisions. Every year, there are numerous tragic cases in which truck drivers have been struggling to stay awake or sleeping behind the wheel.
- Truck-Related Factors – Due to the complexity of large commercial trucks, a number of truck-related factors can cause and contribute to accidents as well. These include maintenance issues (such as failure to replace worn brakes or tires), truck defects (such as faulty accelerators and transmissions), and cargo-loading mistakes (such as failing to secure cargo or exceeding the truck’s GVWR).
- Other Drivers – In many cases, other drivers will cause and contribute to commercial truck accidents. If a driver cuts off a large commercial truck in traffic or collides with the side of the trailer, the truck driver may be unable to avoid a multi-vehicle crash.
We Serve Various Types of Injury Cases
Our Vancouver WA truck accident attorney also serves the following legal matters:
- Auto Vehicle Accidents
- Bicycle Crash Accidents
- Pedestrian Accidents
- Motorbike Accidents
- Highway-Roadway Accidents
- Wrongful Death
- Construction Accidents
- Medical Negligence and Malpractice
- Medication Errors
- Personal Injury
- Spinal Cord and Head Injury
- Sinus Surgery Injury
- Nursing Home Neglect and Abuse
- Child Injury
- Product Liability
- Class Actions
- Bad Faith Attorneys & Insurance Fraud
Speak with a Vancouver, WA, Truck Accident Lawyer for Free
If you have been seriously injured or lost a loved one in a commercial truck accident in Vancouver, WA, our legal team can help you recover the financial compensation you deserve. To learn more in a free and confidential consultation, call us or contact us online today.