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Oregon Carriage Underride Lawyers - Bend/Portland, OR

One of the most dangerous types of Oregon trucking accidents is a carriage underride accident.  This is also one of the most deadly types of 18 wheeler crashes.  A carriage underride accident occurs when a smaller vehicle is pulled underneath the trailer or bed of a truck and becomes dragged or crushed.  This is dangerous and often deadly because the dragged vehicle can become crushed, catch fire, and even be shredded.  But what is even more dangerous and almost always fatal is when the smaller vehicle is rolled over by sets of the heavy wheels which can crush and kill occupants of trapped vehicles.  If you or a loved one are seriously injured or wrongfully killed in a carriage underride trucking accident, ask for a free consultation from our Oregon carriage underride lawyers to learn what rights to compensation you may have.

Victims of Oregon trucking accidents have rights under both Oregon state law and federal regulations from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).  Both sets of laws, as well as common law (judge-made law) and Oregon regulatory law (agency-made rules), govern the conduct of truck drivers, trucking companies, and the safety equipment required on vehicles.  One piece of equipment that more and more commercial vehicles are using are underride protectors or shields.  However, not all 18 wheelers have these protection devices and some that do have failed to install them correctly.  Victims injured in carriage underride accidents may be able to prove that a trucking company knew of these safety device and should have used it because it may have saved a victim from serious injury or wrongful death.

How do Carriage Underride Accidents Occur

Carriage underride trucking accidents can occur for several reasons.  Motorcycles are most susceptible to underride accidents because they are the smallest motor vehicles on the road.  Motorcyclists that get sucked under a tractor trailer are also more likely to be seriously injured or wrongfully killed due to the lack of protections that a motorcycle, even just the metal frame and shell of a vehicle to protect them.  Smaller passenger vehicles and low-profile sports cars are also susceptible to carriage underride trucking accidents.

But any motor vehicle could be involved in a carriage underride trucking accident because there are many causes of these deadly types of truck crashes.  Some of the most common ways that carriage underride accidents occur include the following:

  • Improper lane change;
  • Failing to properly merge on a roadway or highway;
  • Hard turns or taking a wide turn;
  • Failing to use emergency hazards when disabled on the roadway or on the shoulder;
  • Failure to yield the right of way;
  • Jackknife accidents;
  • Aggressive driving;
  • Speeding;
  • Failing to properly install an underride shield;
  • Running a red light or stop light and being t-boned;
  • Hard braking or turning while braking hard;
  • During inclement whether such as snow, ice, sleet, heavy rain, or other weather conditions which may cause a truck and trailer to slide; and
  • Many other causes.

Personal Injuries Caused by Oregon Carriage Underride Trucking Accidents

A carriage underride trucking accident is unlike any other type of trucking accident because it involves another vehicles being pulled underneath the flatbed or trailer of the truck.  While most trucking accidents cause traumatic injuries due to the blunt force impact of the crash, carriage underride trucking accidents cause more devastating and unique injuries given the mechanism of impact and damage.

For instance, some of the most common types of carriage underride trucking accidents include the following:

  • Decapitation;
  • Traumatic brain injuries;
  • Orbital blowout fractures;
  • Spinal cord injuries;
  • Broken bones;
  • Amputations;
  • Burn injuries;
  • Extreme disfigurement;
  • Back injuries;
  • Neck injuries;
  • Scalping injuries to the head; and
  • Many other types of injuries.

Bend/Portland, Oregon Carriage Underride Accident Lawyers

If you or a loved one have been seriously injured or killed as a result of a trucking accident or collision contact the Oregon Truck Accident Lawyers at Kuhlman Law at our number below or fill out the intake form.  We offer a free initial case evaluation and handle cases on a contingency fee which means that you pay no money unless we recover.  

We handle cases throughout the state including Bend and Portland Oregon, Redmond, Central Oregon, Multnomah County, Deschutes County, Salem, Eugene, Corvallis, Lane County, Medford, Gresham, Albany, Medford, Beaverton, Umatilla, Pendleton, and Hillsboro.  

We also have an office in Minneapolis, Minnesota and take Trucking accident cases throughout the Twin Cities, including St. Paul, Hennepin County, Ramsey County, Dakota County, Washington County, Anoka County, Scott County, Blaine, Stillwater, and Saint Paul Minnesota.  

Please act quickly, there is a limited time (Statute of Limitations) in which you can bring a claim under the law. 

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