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.