When a large commercial truck loses control or the driver is negligent,
people can be seriously injured. This is a scary situation, but it’s
something that occurs far too often throughout the United States. Unfortunately,
those who are injured in truck accidents don’t always know what
to do next. Our
Portland truck accident lawyers at Paulson Coletti want to help clients understand their rights, know
what to do after a truck accident, determine who is liable, and more.
What Causes Truck Accidents?
The trucking industry issues various regulations to help make sure everyone
on the road is safe from dangers. These regulations are not always followed
and truck accidents can be caused by a number of factors. For instance,
a driver who is drunk, tired, or distracted may lose control of the truck
and cause an accident.
Other factors, such as an uneven or overloaded cargo, can cause the truck
to jackknife or rollover.
Who is Liable?
An important part of a truck accident claim is determining who is responsible
for the accident. Because there are multiple factors involved, an investigation
should be done as soon as possible.
The trucking company may also be held accountable if it failed to maintain
or repair the truck, forced drivers to ignore regulations in order to
beat deadlines or hired untrained drivers. Truck drivers may also cause
accidents due to driving drunk or drugged, not having the proper commercial
driver’s license or from driving tired after staying on the road
longer than the regulations allow.
What Evidence is Needed?
Evidence in a truck accident case can come in many forms, including witness
statements, an accident reconstructionist, medical professionals, images
of the accident scene and / or injuries, and the truck driver’s
log. In cases where a truck driver was accused of driving fatigued, we
can check the log to determine if he/she had the proper number of hours
on break before returning to work. If a driver works longer than he/she
should, it is dangerous to all others on the road.
Steps to Take After an Accident
If you can, take pictures of the accident scene or have someone go take
photos for you before evidence is destroyed. You will also want to exchange
information so you know who the driver is, the company he or she works
for, and any insurance coverage. Seek medical attention if you are injured
to confirm that any injuries you sustained were a result of the accident.
Finally, you should call a lawyer as soon as possible. Trucking companies
have attorneys ready to handle cases as soon as something like this happens,
so you need to act quickly to make sure nothing is missed.
If you or someone you love has been injured as a result of a truck accident
in Portland or throughout Oregon,
call our firm today. We are here to help you move forward, hold the responsible party accountable
for their actions, and seek compensation on your behalf.