Serious commercial truck accidents are daily occurrences in Portland. This is because trucks are so large relative to other vehicles that when they cause a collision, it often has tragic results. Negligent driving is the most common cause of truck accidents, but they can also be caused by improper maintenance. Additionally, some companies and corporations force their truck drivers to drive for extended hours without breaks or rest, creating hazardous conditions. Whether you were hurt by a truck that failed to check its blind spot, an overworked and inattentive truck driver, or careless maintenance on a commercial vehicle, the personal injury attorneys at Kroll & Johnson have the competency, experience, and drive to diligently represent your legal rights and maximize your recovery.
Truck Accidents in Portland are Rising
Trucks are often referred to as semis, big rigs, or eighteen-wheelers. Whatever the descriptive term, trucks represent one of the greatest risks for catastrophic injury on the highways and byways of Portland. This is especially the case in Portland since the Port of Portland has virtually ceased shipping to East Asia. This was the result of a highly publicized withdrawal by several major shipping companies from Port of Portland Terminal 5. A major consequence of this withdrawal is further traffic congestion on the major highways of Portland, especially I-5 North to Vancouver and Washington, caused by trucks carrying goods for export to shipping terminals in Washington State. More trucks on the road, especially during peak rush hours, is a recipe for disaster on the already overcrowded highways of the Portland Metro area. If you were injured in a truck accident, it is important to protect your legal rights by consulting with a truck accident attorney at Kroll & Johnson as soon as possible.
It Is Imperative to Establish Liability or Fault Early
An attorney who is experienced with truck accidents knows establishing fault early is imperative to protecting his or her client(s). Trucking companies are extremely aggressive about surveying and documenting the accident scene of every major truck crash. It is not uncommon to see crash reconstructions and even insurance defense attorneys immediately dispatched to truck accidents that resulted in catastrophic injuries. If you or a family member was hurt in a trucking accident, there is no reason to have the deck stacked against you. Call the experienced truck accident attorneys at Kroll & Johnson who will conduct their own investigation to uncover the true cause of the accident. Do not simply rely on the word of a biased insurance adjuster when he or she claims the at-fault truck driver was not responsible for the accident that resulted in your injuries or injuries to a loved one.
The attorneys at Kroll & Johnson use investigative resources, including private investigators and accident reconstruction experts to gather the pertinent facts in order to fully evaluate a truck accident. Eyewitness statements can be gathered and physical evidence obtained. Sometimes a broken bulb from a headlight that was smashed in the accident and found alongside the road can be the difference between an insurance company accepting or denying liability.
Once fault is assigned, injuries have been properly documented, and future treatment established, settlement can begin on a trucking accident claim. Negotiations occur exclusively between the insurance adjusters and the attorneys at Kroll & Johnson so that the injured victim can concentrate on fully recovering and putting their life back together. The clients of Kroll & Johnson are updated throughout the entire process as much as they desire.
The personal injury attorney at Kroll & Johnson have handled many truck accident claims and they have found that the most common causes are:
- Changing lanes without signal adequately
- Following too closely
- The operation of the truck at dangerous speeds
- Failing to check blind spots
- Careless wide turns
- Driver error in inclement weather
- The abuse of drugs or alcohol
- Negligent maintenance of the truck
- Reckless or careless operation of the truck