Truck Accident

Two Killed in Wintry Truck-Related Crash

The new year has started with a cold spell here in Oregon with temperatures well below average and the roads icier than usual. Unfortunately these icy conditions have also increased the number of accidents our state has experienced, many of them being fatal.

For example, in mid-December 2016 a 2006 Toyota 4runner was traveling west on Highway 214. After taking a southbound on-ramp to Interstate 5, the driver is believed to have lost control and the vehicle continued to slide across Interstate 5. The Toyota was then struck on the driver’s side by a semi-truck.

Sadly, the driver and one passenger of the Toyota passed away as a result of their injuries. Two other passengers suffered minor injuries, and the 79-year old truck driver was uninjured.

Other Factors to Consider

Poor weather conditions may have contributed to this unfortunate accident, but there may be other factors at play:

  • Inadequate training. The driver may not be properly trained to handle icy road conditions or to take proper safety precautions when on the road.
  • Poorly maintained vehicle. The brakes and/or the tires of a truck, for example, may not be sufficiently maintained. This may cause the truck to stop more slowly and can result in an accident.
  • Over maximum weight. This can reduce the truck’s ability to slow or come to a complete stop.

How to Prove Negligence in a Semi-Truck Accident

The first and most important part in proving negligence in a semi-truck accident is to retain an attorney who regularly handles trucking accidents. These attorneys will have the experience necessary to uncover fault and to maximize your recovery from insurance companies and third parties who may be responsible for the accident.

Dwyer Williams Dretke Attorneys, P.C. coordinates a team of investigators and experts who can be dispatched to the scene of the accident. This allows us to gather the evidence necessary to reconstruct the accident and build your case before the evidence disappears.

If you are the victim of a semi-truck accident or know someone who has been hurt, Dwyer Williams Dretke Attorneys, P.C. can help. Our truck accident attorneys have delivered significant results for our clients and have secured maximum recovery for their losses.

To arrange for a free consultation with one of our truck accident attorneys today, we welcome your call to (541) 617-0555.

Garbage-Truck Driver Cited after Striking Pedestrian

Driver negligence claimed another victim in Portland recently, when a garbage truck hit a pedestrian in a crosswalk.

The incident occurred just before 6 a.m. at Fifth Avenue and Morrison Street in downtown Portland. The truck driver was cited for failing to yield to a pedestrian using a crosswalk, and for failure to adhere to traffic signs. The victim, a 57-year old man, had his leg severed in the incident.

According to police, the truck driver was traveling southwest on Fifth Avenue when he began to make an illegal right turn onto Morrison Street. The victim, in accordance with the posted traffic signs, had the right of way and was struck as he crossed the street.

Injuries to the victim’s leg were so severe at the scene that police required a tourniquet to quell the bleeding. The victim survived, but required serious, ongoing medical care.

If you or someone you know has been involved in a pedestrian accident, you should consider seeking legal advice to determine if you are entitled to compensation due to your injuries.

Pedestrian Injuries and Compensation

Whenever you live in a busy city, it is important to be familiar with your rights on the crowded, busy streets. Whether you are walking, running, or riding a skateboard, you are considered a pedestrian in the state of Oregon. Bicyclists area also sometimes considered pedestrians, though at other times are considered vehicles.

Victims of pedestrian accidents may have injuries ranging from minor cuts and bruises to broken or lost limbs. Additionally, victims of pedestrian incidents could suffer lasting physical or emotional distress. Depending on the type of injury, victims may never be able to work or live the same way again, resulting in possible lost jobs or income. Additionally, primarily due to the unequal weights involved and lack of significant protection, pedestrians are often killed when struck by a vehicle.

In Oregon, a personal injury attorney could aid you in recovering damages that you are entitled to, whether you are the survivor, or the family of someone who died in such a crash.

Case in Point

Although some pedestrian accidents are the result of pedestrian negligence, driver error, as it appears in this case, is the more often the cause. Although this victim survived the incident, his life has been forever changed as a result of the injuries he sustained.

Representing Residents of Portland, Oregon

The pedestrian injury attorneys at Dwyer Williams Dretke have over 95 years of collective experience in law – we have handled over 600 personal injury cases in the last three years alone, including many pedestrian accidents. We also handle other personal injury cases, such as car and motorcycle accidents, semi-truck accidents, and wrongful death.

To discuss your case with one of our personal injury attorneys, we welcome your call at (541) 617-0555.

New Regulations Aim to Decrease Truck Accidents

Truck accidents happen every day all over the United States, and many of them are preventable, particularly those due to drowsy driving. In June, a high-profile celebrity was involved in a truck accident in New Jersey that landed him in the hospital for weeks.

Drowsy driving is a leading cause of crashes and highway fatalities. According to the New York Times, more than 30,000 people die on highways annually. One in seven of those deaths are due to a tractor-trailer crash.

Statistics show that drowsy driving causes 15 percent of truck collisions, but experts say that the actual numbers may be much higher because of underreporting by the truck drivers, trucking company, and their insurance companies.

Last year, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration enacted new regulations in an effort to curb fatigued driving amongst truck drivers. The new rules did the following:

  • Reduced the maximum workweek for truck drivers to 70 hours
  • Require a 34-hour resting period for truck drivers that have reached 70 hours in their week
  • Ensure that drivers get to rest at least two nights a week
  • Restrict driving to 11 hours a day with a 30-minute break

While trucking officials and the drivers themselves have met these new regulations with resistance, safety advocates believe they will produce a positive change when it comes to truck driver fatigue.

It is still too soon to say whether the new regulations have had an impact on drowsy driving, and it is important to note that not all truck accidents are caused by driver fatigue. Poor road conditions, weather, careless driving, and improper maintenance and training can all cause a terrible accident.

Collisions with a tractor-trailer truck are devastating for all involved. Cars are much smaller and lighter than an 18-wheeler and are no match in the event of a crash. Sadly, severe injuries and even death frequently occur.

If you or a loved one have been involved in a truck accident in the Portland area, we recommend that you consult our experienced truck accident attorneys at Dwyer Williams Dretke Potter. We can help to obtain the maximum compensation possible for your injuries or for your loved one’s death. Our attorneys are skilled in negotiating settlements, and we are not afraid to bring a case to trial if necessary.

Dwyer Williams Dretke Potter offers a free initial consultation to all potential clients. To discuss your particular case with one of our experienced truck accident lawyers, call our office at 541-617-0555.