Truck Wreck Lawyer
For more than 40 years, the truck wreck lawyers at Miller & Hopp Truck Accident Lawyers have represented clients throughout the state of Oregon who have suffered severe personal injuries or the loss of a family member due to a truck accident.
Truck wrecks involving tractor-trailers typically result in catastrophic damages, severe injuries and are sometimes fatal.
Determining what caused the wreck and proving who was at fault often requires an investigation and evidence gathering. Truck accident cases are typically complicated due to the unique state and federal laws and regulations that apply to the trucks, drivers, and trucking companies.
Miller & Hopp Truck Accident Lawyers have the experience needed to handle these types of cases. We are familiar with the particular laws and regulations that govern the trucking industry. We know how to negotiate with the insurance companies to get the compensation you need and deserve.
Types of Truck Wrecks
Truck wrecks are unique and are not ordinary personal injury cases. Due to the sheer size of tractor-trailers, most passenger vehicles and their passengers are particularly vulnerable. A commercial truck can be 20-30 times heavier than a car. They are often carrying heavy loads that make their momentum much higher. Unfortunately, all of that weight at high speeds can lead to serious, even fatal, truck accidents.
Truck wrecks occur for many different reasons. The most common causes generally have to do with driver error. Some of these reasons include:
- Impaired driving
- Distracted driving
- Excessive speed
- Lack of experience
- Failure to obey traffic laws
- Poor judgment
However, other truck wrecks are caused by external factors. The logistics of moving thousands of pounds of cargo is complicated and takes precision. Therefore, improper loading can cause a sudden and unpredictable shift in the weight to cause the driver to lose control.
Employer negligence is another reason. Federal laws and regulations require commercial trucking companies to inspect, repair, and maintain their vehicles regularly. They are also required to keep a file of the truck’s inspection and repair reports. Trucking companies have been held labile for truck wreck accident cases because they failed to train their drivers properly, imposed unrealistic time constraints on their drivers, or have failed to maintain their vehicles.
Finally, manufacturer errors and design defects can contribute to a truck wreck. When these vehicles have defective parts and travel on the open road, serious accidents occur. When truck accidents happen for these reasons, the manufacturer of the components may be held liable.
Contact a Truck Wreck Lawyer
If you or a loved one have been involved in a truck accident, contact an Oregon Truck Wreck Lawyer immediately. While it only takes a few seconds for a negligent truck driver to change your life forever, navigating the complexities of a truck accident case requires a significant amount of time. You can be sure that the insurance company wants to pay out as little as possible. They will often contact the victim and offer to settle. But what they offer will be far less than what you need or deserve.
At Miller & Hopp Truck Accident Lawyers, we have represented many truck wreck victims. We don’t charge you unless we get money for your claim. Our comprehensive experience and understanding of the legal complexities involved in truck accident cases allow us to take a proactive approach to your lawsuit. Our dedicated truck wreck attorneys will work aggressively to ensure you receive the compensation you need to recover physically and financially.