The family of a driver killed in a fatal truck accident on Highway 99W Southwest of Dundee has sued the towing company and its driver for wrongful death.
According to an Oregon state police report, the towing company’s Ford F6500 with a 21-foot bed stopped at a crossover on the highway near Trunk Road. That’s when another vehicle, a Dodge Ram, crashed into its rear portion that was protruding into the fast lane in which the Dodge Ram was traveling.
The Ram’s 85-year old driver suffered critical injuries and died 5 days after he was airlifted to a hospital in Portland. The tow truck driver was uninjured.
Negligence Causing the Truck Accident
While the police report determined that the deceased Ram driver was responsible for the collision, the deceased driver’s family disagree with its findings which mentioned that the deceased driver failed to maintain a safe distance from a roadside vehicle.
In their lawsuit, the family of the deceased driver maintains an opposite view and allege that the crash arose from the negligence of the towing company, and its driver, by not operating the large vehicle in a safe manner. The family is claiming $1.2 million in damages.
Truck Accident Claims
In Oregon, motorists regularly face truck accident risks as they share the highway with large trucks, semi-trucks and tractor-trailers. Due to the massive weight and size of these vehicles, trucks and similar heavy-weight vehicles can cause serious damage and injury to lighter vehicles and their passengers. Moreover, it is not unusual for a police officer to cite the wrong party, as they simply do not have the time to dig as deep into the facts as an experienced personal injury attorney does.
If you or a loved one is involved in a truck accident, even if you were cited, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries.
In Oregon, the accident injury attorneys at Dwyer Williams Dretke have over 100 years of combined truck accident experience, assisting injured plaintiffs in more than 600 cases in the last 3 years recover the amount of compensation that they legally deserve.
We also handle other personal injury cases such as slip and fall accidents, dog bites and attack, bicycle, motorcycle, and pedestrian accidents, and car accidents.
Call us today at (541) 617-0555 to speak to an attorney about your situation.