Oregon Trucking Accidents Call for Tough-Minded Representation
Trucking accidents can be tragic given the size of tractor-trailers, also known as 18-wheelers or big rigs. Trucks can be more than 20 times the size of an average passenger vehicle. It's difficult to imagine the destruction caused by a truck accident on a busy Oregon roadway like Interstate-5 or Interstate-84. But with such significant forces involved, injuries in Oregon and Washington truck accidents no doubt tend to be severe. In some cases, a wrongful death is the outcome of a collision involving a tractor-trailer and a passenger car.
If you or a loved one was injured in a tractor-trailer accident in Oregon or Washington, or a commercial truck accident, you may be entitled to compensation. It's imperative to retain experienced legal representation. At Zbinden & Curtis, we help Oregon clients pursue maximum compensation for their losses. We put our experience and resources to work for clients.
Investigating Trucking Accidents in Oregon
In determining the cause of the truck crash, our firm in many cases will investigate the trucking company to see if any rules were violated. Truck drivers are under pressure to move their cargo quickly. While regulations limit the number of hours drivers can stay behind the wheel, drivers sometimes ignore those rules and push themselves to the point of fatigue, if not exhaustion. They may fall asleep behind the wheel, and it only takes one sleepy truck driver to risk the safety of all other drivers on the road. The main reasons truck accidents are so dangerous are their size, their average speed and driver fatigue. At Zbinden & Curtis, we thoroughly understand the state and federal regulations governing the trucking industry.
In 2008, 380,000 large trucks were involved in traffic accidents throughout the United States, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In those accidents, 90,000 people sustained injuries and 4,066 were involved in fatal truck accidents.
Trucking Accidents and Insurance Companies
Truck accident cases can be complicated and multiple insurance companies may be involved. Insurance companies often use teams of attorneys, adjusters and investigators to do all they can to pay as little as possible to people injured in accidents. Sometimes, the insurance company will deny a claim in an attempt to protect the truck driver's driving record. Personal injury attorneys Zbinden & Curtis are not intimidated by their scare tactics. We will fight aggressively in our pursuit of compensation for clients.
When you retain our firm, you will level the playing field. The insurance company will know that you mean business. If you or a loved one was injured, call or email our law firm promptly. Too much is at stake to let the insurance companies decide what happens next. Significant injuries in a truck accident may include:
- Traumatic brain injury
- Back and neck injury
- Fractures or broken bones
- Injuries requiring surgery
Contact a Trucking Accident Lawyer
Contact us for a free, confidential consultation. There's no obligation. An experienced truck accident lawyer can assist you or your loved one with your case.
In some cases, you may not need an attorney and if that is what's best for your situation, we will tell you. At Zbinden & Curtis, we're a no-nonsense law firm, so our clients get honest and direct advice. We're committed to maintaining the highest standards of integrity, honesty, professionalism and competence.
Call (503) 287-5000 today for your free personal injury consultation.