Navigating Complex Cases with 50 Years of Insight
Understanding Truck Accidents
Frequency and Factors in Oregon
Truck accidents, synonymous with commercial truck crashes or large truck wrecks, are relatively common in Oregon, given the substantial presence of commercial trucks on the roads.
Influenced by factors like road conditions, weather, traffic volume, and driver behavior, the frequency of truck accidents has seen a recent upswing. From 2015 to 2019, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) reported an increase in fatal crashes involving large trucks.
Causes and Consequences
Truck accidents stem from many causes, including driver fatigue, distracted driving, speeding, aggressive behavior, impaired driving, improper loading, and inadequate maintenance. Due to the significant size difference between commercial trucks and passenger vehicles, collisions often result in severe injuries and substantial property damage. Occupants of smaller vehicles are at serious risk.
Navigating Regulations and Liability
Compliance and Accountability
Trucking companies and drivers in Oregon operate under state and federal regulations by the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). Violations of these regulations help establish liability in truck accident cases. Building a strong case requires a comprehensive approach, including gathering accident reports, witness statements, surveillance footage, and examining electronic data from the truck’s black box.
In Oregon, truck accident cases frequently involve multiple parties, such as the truck driver, trucking company, maintenance contractors, and other drivers. Establishing liability requires prompt and thorough investigation and identification of all potentially responsible parties.
Why Choose Our Oregon Personal Injury Firm for Truck Wrecks?
Defending Insurance Companies for 50 Years
The first rule of a successful negotiation is: Know Your Opponent. In an injury case, your opponents are (1) the insurance industry, and (2) their highly skilled defense law firms.
Fortunately for Spooner Staggs clients, no law firm knows the insurance industry better than we do―we spent 50 years as one of the insurance industry’s top defense firms for their biggest, toughest cases. We’ve walked in their shoes, analyzed thousands of cases for them, and encouraged fair outcomes for literally hundreds, if not thousands, of truck-accident injuries.
This rare experience has given us an insider’s knowledge and understanding into how the insurance industry analyzes, evaluates, prices, and settles cases. We’ve walked in their shoes, so we know all their tools, tricks, and techniques. We know the buttons to push and the levers to pull to motivate them to settle cases more quickly and for more money.
With an unparalleled understanding of insurance companies cultivated through years of defending them, we bring a uniquely powerful advantage to those seeking justice after a truck crash.
Fierce Oregon Truck-Injury Trial Lawyers
Boasting a track record of successful jury trials that few Oregon firms can equal, we are relentless advocates for our clients. We are always ready to take cases to trial, ensuring that our seriously injured clients receive genuine justice.
Understanding the mindset of insurance companies is crucial when seeking fair compensation. We possess a nuanced insight into how insurers operate, evaluate cases, and make settlement decisions. This knowledge allows us to strategically leverage that insight to ensure our clients receive the maximum settlement for their injuries.
In an era where fewer cases proceed to trial, we stand as fierce and effective trial lawyers. With a track record of successful jury trials that few law firms in Oregon can equal, we’re ready to expertly take your injury case to trial if necessary. Our commitment to real justice for injured truck-crash victims sets us apart from “paper tiger” lawyers who shy away from the courtroom.
Personal Injury Protection (PIP) and Liability Determination
No-Fault Coverage and Seeking Compensation
In Oregon, Personal Injury Protection (PIP) provides coverage for medical expenses up to $15,000, regardless of fault. In truck accidents, determining liability is crucial for seeking compensation. If the truck driver is at fault, pursuing a personal injury claim against their insurance company is vital to cover medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and related costs.
Contact Us for Dedicated Legal Representation in Portland, Salem, or across Oregon
Having defended personal injury claims for five decades, including countless truck accidents, we now leverage our inside knowledge to champion those injured by negligent truck drivers. If you or a loved one has suffered in a truck accident, call us to consult with our friendly, caring, and experienced attorneys.