Jury Awards $14 Million in Portland Truck Accident Case

A 57-year old man was recently awarded $13.5 million as compensation for injuries he sustained in a serious truck accident about a year ago. The accident occurred when a garbage truck made an illegal right turn as the plaintiff was crossing the street. The pedestrian light had the ‘walk’ signal which prompted the plaintiff to set foot on the intersection on his way to work. The truck hit the plaintiff, severing his left leg above the knee.

Truck Crashes in Oregon

Truck accidents are a serious concern in the State of Oregon. A 2014 traffic crash report showed that a total of 2,144 truck accidents happened in the entire state, killing 34 and injuring more than a thousand persons.

Truck Accident Injuries

Collisions involving trucks, semi-trucks, and tractor-trailers often bring catastrophic results to pedestrians and other motorists. Motorists, pedestrians, and cyclists who survive truck collisions often sustain severe injuries such as loss of limbs, traumatic head injury, brain injury, spinal cord injury, multiple fractures, and other internal injuries that require extensive medical procedures and treatment.

If you or a loved one is injured in a truck accident, your first priority is to attend to your injuries and obtain appropriate medical help for it. It’s also wise to consider obtaining legal advice about your accident. Talk to an experienced truck accident attorney who can assess your situation.

Causes of Truck Accidents

Truck crashes are often linked to driver negligence which can take the following forms:

  • Driver fatigue
  • Distracted driving
  • Driving under the influence
  • Lack of or inadequate vehicle maintenance
  • Violating traffic rules

Importance of Personal Injury Lawyer

Truck accidents can be complicated cases. Your attorney can examine all the circumstances of your accident, determine the cause of your injuries and whether a party’s negligence or recklessness is a factor in your accident. Your lawyer can also provide information on your legal options, sort legal issues for you, and handle the claims process while you focus on recovering from your injuries.

In Portland, Oregon, the experienced truck accident attorneys of Dwyer Williams Dretke Attorney LLC are dedicated to serving injured clients and their loved ones, helping them recover compensation that they can use to rebuild their lives after a devastating accident.

Our firm has more than 100 years of collective experience in a wide range of personal injury cases such as pedestrian accidents, wrongful death, auto accidents, slip, trip, and fall injury, and nursing home abuse. Call us today at (541) 617-0555 to learn more about how we can help you.