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Amputations After Oregon Trucking Accidents: Portland Trucking Accident Lawyers

Oregon Trucking Accidents Resulting in Amputations: Portland Trucking Accident Lawyers Explain

Since commercial vehicles like 18 wheelers, tractor trailers, logging trucks, delivery vans, and big rigs are all large, heavy, and powerful, victims injured in Oregon trucking accidents are likely to suffer serious personal injuries.  While traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, and wrongful death are some of the more common and severest injuries, amputations caused by Oregon trucking accidents are always painful, life-changing, and devastating.  These catastrophic injuries affect a person’s daily life for personal and work.  Amputations also cause intense physical pain but also significant emotional pain.  Learn about amputations from our Portland trucking accident lawyers and how we can protect your rights to compensation.

Why Trucking Accidents are More Likely to Cause Amputations

An amputation is the removal of a body extremity such as a finger, toe, hand, foot, arm, or leg.  Amputations could be caused by trauma like a trucking accident, or amputations could be caused from surgery as a result of trauma.

Any motor vehicle accident could cause an amputation.  Generally, the more powerful the impact the more likely an amputation could be caused.  The heavier size of trucks generally means they cause more powerful impacts.  As a result, trucking accidents are generally more likely to cause serious personal injuries which could result in amputations.  This is particularly true because truck accidents could cause injuries resulting in amputations due to large frame and more steel, the more wheels, the cargo, and the other equipment on the truck.  

Types of Amputations from Oregon Trucking Accidents

There are many different types of amputations that could be caused by 18 wheeler wrecks.  Some of the more common types of amputations include the following:

  • Partial foot (transmetatarsal);
  • Ankle disarticulation (syme);
  • Below the knee (transtibial)
  • Above the knee amputation (transfemoral);
  • Forearm amputation (transradial);
  • Above the elbow amputation (transhumeral);
  • Arm or leg;
  • Hip disarticulation or shoulder disarticulation;
  • Wrist disarticulation;
  • Digit (finger or toe) amputation; and
  • Many other types and combinations of amputations.

Damages from Oregon Trucking Accidents

Amputations cause significant damages to victims of tractor trailer wrecks.  In personal injury actions, “damages” include medical bills, lost wages, lost future earnings, future medical bills, loss of services from spouses and dependents, and of course pain and suffering.  In fact, pain and suffering is a big component of amputation injuries.  Lost wages or lost future earnings are also large components to damages in trucking accidents.

Damages can have a physical or emotional toll on an individual.  Physically, damages would include the agony and pain from the injury.  it would also cause the loss of a limb which is gone from the amputation.  Damages also include emotional harm, which is the anxiety, depression, and even lack of sensation or over sensation from an amputation.  This is because some amputation victims have what is known as “phantom limb syndrome,” which is when they still suffer from physical pain even though their limb is no longer there.

Ask our Portland Trucking Accident Lawyers for Help With Your Oregon Trucking Accident Case

Amputations are serious injuries that should always be reviewed by a Portland trucking accident lawyer.  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.  

Our law firm handles cases throughout the state including Bend and Portland Oregon, Redmond, Central Oregon, Sisters, Madras, Multnomah County, Deschutes County, Salem, Eugene, Corvallis, Lane County, Medford, Gresham, La Grande, Albany, Medford, Beaverton, Umatilla, Pendleton,  Cottage Grove, Florence, Oregon City, Springfield, Keizer, Grants Pass, McMinnville, Tualatin, West Linn, Forest Grove, Wilsonville, Newberg, Roseburg, Lake Oswego, Klamath Falls, Happy Valley, Tigard, Ashland, Milwakie, Coos Bay, The Dalles,  St. Helens, Sherwood, Central Point, Canby, Troutdale, Hermiston, Silverton, Hood River, Newport, Prineville, Astoria, Tillamook, Lincoln City, Hillsboro, and Vancouver, Washington.  

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. 

Oregon Trucking Accidents Causing Burn Injuries: Portland Trucking Accident Lawyers

Portland Trucking Accident Lawyers Explain Oregon Trucking Accidents Causing Burn Injuries

An Oregon trucking accident could cause many different types of injuries.  This includes traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, and other catastrophic injuries.  One type of serious injury from an 18 wheeler crash are burn injuries.  While there are many possible ways how a trucking accident could cause a burn injury, one thing is always true: burn injuries hurt.  In fact, the pain and suffering with burn injuries can be significant.  Medical bills and lost time from work could also be debilitating to an entire family.  Learn about Oregon trucking accidents which cause burn injuries from our Portland trucking accident lawyers.

Burn Injuries Caused by Oregon Trucking Accidents

Burn injuries are incredibly painful.  Depending on the amount of your body burned and the depth as which the burns are, you may need treatment at a burn center.  Doctors may perform many different tests and treatment on burn injuries.  This includes use of water to cool injured skin, creams and ointments to heal and for moisture, dressings to keep wounds clean, and surgery to remove irreparably damaged skin.  Almost all of these treatments will cause significant pain which cannot be avoided given the nature of a burn injury.

Common Causes of Burn Injuries

There are many ways that an Oregon trucking accident could cause burn injuries.  It is not uncommon for any auto accident to result in burn injuries, but this is particularly true with trucking accidents.  This is because large commercial trucks like logging trucks, delivery vans, 18 wheelers, tractor trailers, and other big rigs create a lot of force upon impact.  This means that fuel canisters could be severely damaged and leak or ignite.  The force of impact could also result in extreme damage which could cause sparks or fires.

Some of the most common causes of burn injuries include the following:

  • Fires after trucking accidents – because of the significant amount of fuel that trucks carry, this is a huge fire hazard in truck wrecks.  Particularly when truck wrecks are likely to cause twisted and bent steel.  This means that fires are a significant risk in 18 wheeler crashes.  Innocent people could be trapped in their vehicles after a crash can burn to death.  Massive fires could occur very quickly, especially if the cargo in a truck is hazardous or flammable.
  • Explosions – trucking accidents are very powerful and result in catastrophic collisions.  The power behind these collisions could result in serious and powerful explosions.  This could be due to the payload and cargo being carried, but it could also be due to the sheer force and momentum.  
  • Chemicals – Many large commercial trucks, especially tankers, are carrying dangerous payloads.  If chemicals spill and injury victims of an Oregon trucking accident, it could result in serious burns.  This is particularly true of many caustic payloads used for cleaning supplies, construction, or fueling.

Victims of Oregon Trucking Accidents Should Ask Our Portland Trucking Accident Lawyers for Help

Burn injuries are very serious and can result in permanent scarring, nerve damage, catastrophic injury, and wrongful death.  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.  

Our law firm handles cases throughout the state including Bend and Portland Oregon, Redmond, Central Oregon, Sisters, Madras, Multnomah County, Deschutes County, Salem, Eugene, Corvallis, Lane County, Medford, Gresham, La Grande, Albany, Medford, Beaverton, Umatilla, Pendleton,  Cottage Grove, Florence, Oregon City, Springfield, Keizer, Grants Pass, McMinnville, Tualatin, West Linn, Forest Grove, Wilsonville, Newberg, Roseburg, Lake Oswego, Klamath Falls, Happy Valley, Tigard, Ashland, Milwakie, Coos Bay, The Dalles,  St. Helens, Sherwood, Central Point, Canby, Troutdale, Hermiston, Silverton, Hood River, Newport, Prineville, Astoria, Tillamook, Lincoln City, Hillsboro, and Vancouver, Washington.  

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. 

Oregon Trucking Accidents Due to a Failure to Yield: Bend/Portland Trucking Accident Lawyers

Failure to Yield Causing Oregon Trucking Accidents: Learn Liability from Our Bend/Portland Trucking Accident Lawyers

One of the most important rules of the road is yielding the right of way to other vehicles.  This is particularly true at more complicated intersections or intersections which have no traffic control devices.  When a large commercial truck fails to yield to the right of way, it can result in catastrophic collisions.  This includes t-bone crashes, rear end collision, head on crashes, and other serious trucking accidents.  Individuals injured in Oregon trucking accidents due to a failure to yield by a truck driver could suffer serious personal injuries, including traumatic brain injuries, paraplegia, and other life-changing injuries.  If you or a loved one were seriously injured or wrongfully killed in an Oregon trucking accident due to a truck driver, ask our Bend/Portland trucking accident lawyers what rights you may have under Oregon law.

What is the Right of Way?

The right of way is a principle where a vehicle has the first preference or “right” to move about an area of roadway.  Said differently, the right of way is a legal right for a motorist or pedestrians to proceed before others.  Typically, this area of roadway is an area where other vehicles also need to go over such as an intersection.  

What Happens if a Truck Driver Does Not Yield the Right of Way?

All motorists are required to yield the right of way to other vehicles which have the right of way.  This means that motorists must consider the vehicle and traffic laws for stop signs, yields, roundabouts, merges, t-intersections, and other intersections or traffic patterns.  When a motorist fails to yield the right of way, he or she may be violating Oregon vehicle and traffic law.

Specifically, ORS 811.275 (1) provides that “[a] person commits the offense of failure to yield the right of way at an uncontrolled intersection if the person is operating a motor vehicle that is approaching an uncontrolled highway intersection and the person does not look out for and give right of way to any driver on the right simultaneously approaching a given point, regardless of which driver first reaches and enters the intersection.”

A truck driver that violates ORS 811.275 and causes a motor vehicle collision with another vehicle may cause serious personal injuries.  Under the doctrine of negligence per se, a motorist may be automatically found negligent when he or she harms another person due to a traffic violation that was meant to protect the victim.  Failing to yield and causing a serious Oregon trucking accident is a common example of this.

It is also important to note that, even if a truck driver may believe he or she has the right of way, if that truck driver was speeding, ORS 811.275 (3) waives that person’s right of way.  This section provides that “A person entering an intersection at an unlawful speed shall forfeit any right of way the person would otherwise have under . . . this section.”

Victims or Oregon Trucking Accidents Should Ask Our Bend/Portland Trucking Accident Lawyers for Help if a Truck Driver’s Failure to Yield Hurt You

Failing to yield the right of way is a very serious issue which could result in dramatic collisions and significant injuries.  Innocent victims may be catastrophically hurt in these types of dangerous trucking accidents.  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. 

Paraplegia From Oregon Trucking Accidents: Explained by Our Portland Trucking Accident Lawyers

Understanding Paraplegia from Oregon Trucking Accidents: Our Portland Trucking Accident Lawyers Share Important Details

Any motor vehicle accident could result in serious personal injuries.  But collisions with large commercial vehicles like big rigs, logging trucks, semi tractor trailers, 18 wheelers, and other box trucks are more likely to cause catastrophic injuries.  One of the most serious personal injuries is paraplegia.  This is caused by damage to the spinal cord which results in debilitating disability to the lower extremities.  Our Portland trucking accident lawyers know that paraplegia injuries from 18 wheeler wrecks are serious personal injury cases that rely heavily on the law and medicine to prove the case.

What is Paraplegia?

Paraplegia is an injury to the spinal cord which affects the lower extremities.  This includes the legs and part of the torso.  According to government research, approximately 40% of all spinal cord injuries are paraplegia.  The location of the injury determines where the paraplegia begins, the severity, and the level of sensation, movement, and other function.  

There are two general types of paraplegia.  The first is an incomplete paraplegia injury.  This is when the spinal cord is damaged but still intact.  Some messages may still be able to be sent between the lower extremities and the brain by way of the spinal cord.  These messages may be muted, meaning they are weaker, less fine motor, or inaccurate.  With some physical therapy and occupational therapy, some individuals are able to retain additional function.

The second type of paraplegia is a complete paraplegia injury.  This is when the spinal cord is damaged to a great extent and it is completely severed.  This means that messages between the lower extremities and the brain are cut off and there is no communication.  It is very rare for any surgery or therapy to return function or sensation.

Oregon Trucking Accidents Causing Paralysis Injuries

Impacts from large commercial trucks disperse a lot of force and momentum.  This force can easily twist steel and crush the hard, protective vertebrae that we have around our spinal cord.  As a result, paraplegia injuries are more common in Oregon trucking accidents than in other auto accidents.

Some of the most common ways that paraplegia injuries are caused by trucking accidents and big rigs crashes include the following:

  • Rear end collisions;
  • High speed crashes;
  • T-bone crashes;
  • Rollover crashes;
  • Jackknife crashes;
  • Head on collisions;
  • Sideswipe crashes;
  • Improper merging into highways;
  • Unsecured cargo; and 
  • Many other types of crashes.

Ask Our Portland Trucking Accident Lawyers for Help if You Suffer from Paraplegia from a Big Rig Wreck

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.  

Our law firm handles 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. 

Brain Injuries from Oregon Trucking Accidents: Bend/Portland Trucking Accident Lawyers

Types of Brain Injuries from Explained by Our Bend/Portland, Oregon Trucking Accident Lawyers

One of the most serious personal injuries that a victim in an Oregon trucking accident could sustain is a brain injury.  While common in all auto accidents, brain injuries are more common due to the sheer size and weight of commercial vehicles.  This larger size generates more momentum which is more likely to exert force through the strong skull bones and damage the brain.  Because of this, 18 wheeler wrecks are more likely to result in brain injuries.  These brain injuries are also more likely to be severe, permanent, and debilitating.  Our Bend/Portland trucking accident lawyers explain the more common types of brain injuries and how they could result in catastrophic disability below.

Two Types of Head Injuries 

Generally, there are two types of head injuries.  Both could be caused by an Oregon trucking accident.  Additionally, both types of head injuries could result in serious personal injury and disability, including permanent loss of use, catastrophic disability, and significant loss of cognitive functioning.  The two general types of head injuries which could cause serious brain injuries in Oregon trucking accidents include the following:

Open head injuries – This is when the skull is fractured.  The fracture could be from the blunt force trauma, or it could be from a piercing injury through the skull.  In either situation, the brain can be exposed and susceptible to damage.

Closed head injuries – As the name implies, the skull is not penetrated, fractured, or damaged in a manner to expose the brain to the outside world.  However, the extent of the injury has lead to damage inside of the brain which causes serious damage.

Types of Brain Injuries from Oregon Trucking Accidents 

Both types of head injuries could be devastating.  Open head injuries are devastating because there is a foreign object inside of the head and into the brain.  If debris or physical damage slices into the brain, it could easily result in a person’s wrongful death.  Closed head injuries are dangerous because the skull and spinal column are in a “closed” system.  This means that there is certain autonomous regulation to keep a consistent intracranial pressure in the skull and spinal column.  But closed head injuries could cause swelling and bleeding in the skull which dramatically increase the intracranial pressure.  This could result in catastrophic injury and even wrongful death.  Thus, both open and closed head injuries are devastating.

With 18 wheeler wrecks and big rig crashes, there are some common brain injuries and traumatic brain injuries which include the following:

Coup-Contrecoup injuries – because the brain is suspended in fluid in the skull, when the skull is violently shaken or hit, the brain could slide around in the skull and sustain injury.  For example, in a rear end trucking accident the brain could violently launch forward and hit the front of the skull and cause injury.  Then the whiplash reaction would violently yank the brain backwards which could cause damage to the back end of the brain.  Thus, the brain would have injuries on the front and back of it.  This is incredibly devastating and dangerous because it could quickly increase intracranial pressure.

Concussions – while probably the most common brain injury which most people do not think is serious, some concussions can be absolutely catastrophic.  Serious concussions in Oregon trucking accidents could result in permanent and debilitating injury such as memory loss, loss of vision, loss of taste, speech problems, inability to formulate thoughts, and difficulty carrying out normal, every day functions.  Concussions are incredibly serious and should always be evaluated by a trained healthcare provider and then a lawyer.

Penetrating injuries – due to the sheer size and weight of commercial trucks, a violent collision could result in twisted steel and significantly damaged vehicles.  This means that debris could kick up and pierce into a person’s head and damage the brain.  Just how being shot in the head is often life-threatening and life-changing, penetrating injuries in trucking accidents are incredibly dangerous and sometimes fatal.  

Diffuse Axonal injuries – due to the violent shaking and impact, brain tissue could literally by torn, ripped, or otherwise damaged in a trucking accident.  This means that serious catastrophic injury could be caused when parts of the brain are damaged or separated from the other parts due to the damage of a collision.

Brain Injury Victims of Oregon Trucking Accidents Need to Call Our Bend Oregon Lawyers and Portland Oregon Lawyers

All brain injuries are potentially devastating and life threatening.  Some incredibly catastrophic brain injuries are likely to be traumatic brain injuries, which means that victims need to ensure their rights are protected to compensation for future services like nursing care, medical procedures, and at-home equipment installations.  

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.  

Our law firm handles 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.