Dangers of a Roll Over Trucking Accident in Oregon

Understanding the Dangers of a Roll Over Trucking Accident in Oregon from our Portland Lawyer

One of the most dangerous types of trucking accidents in Oregon is a roll over trucking accident.  This is when the truck itself rolls over on top of itself or continues to barrel roll until gravity stops is.  The roll over could be caused by the cabin (where the driver sits) or the trailer (where the cargo is).  Sometimes but not every time it is both the cabin and the trailer which roll over.  In either event, a roll over trucking accident in Oregon is very dangerous because it means that a truck driver has lost control of the vehicle.  This could mean that people will be recklessly, carelessly, or negligently injured.  Our Portland lawyer explains these serious types of dangerous roll over trucking accidents.

How are Roll Over Trucking Accidents Caused?

A roll over trucking accident is usually caused by the negligent conduct of a truck driver or trucking company.  There are several different ways how a trucking accident could be caused in Oregon.  Most of them relate to deficiencies with mechanical errors or vehicle and traffic violations.  Some of the most common ways that trucking roll over accidents could occur include the following:
  • Taking a turn too fast
  • Speeding
  • Wheel mistakes and errors
  • Damage to the steering column 
  • Improper stacking of equipment
  • Improper loading of cargo
  • Unsecured cargo
  • Failure to yield 
  • Last minute swerves 
  • Drunk driving or drugged driving
  • Distracted driving
  • Falling asleep at the wheel
  • Truck driver inexperience, and
  • Many other common causes.

Dangers and Injuries in Cases Due to a Roll Over Trucking Accident In Oregon

A victim that is involved in a Portland roll over trucking accident in Oregon could be seriously injured or wrongfully killed if a large commercial truck such as a big rig rolls over and onto their vehicle.  These injuries can be catastrophic and absolutely devastating.  Some of the most common injuries include the following:
  • Crushing injuries which require immediate care and treatment and must be triaged high
  • Traumatic brain injuries or TBIs
  • Spinal cord injuries including paralysis such as paraplegia or quadriplegia 
  • Broken bones
  • Amputations
  • Organ injuries 
  • Nerve damage
  • Burn injuries
  • Chemical burns
  • Significant disfigurement, and
  • Many other common types of serious personal injuries.

Victims Who Have Been Catastrophically Injured Need Our Help

Roll over trucking accidents are very dangerous types of trucking accidents.  However, they do not occur too often.  This is because they only occur when a truck driver or trucking company was negligent.  Therefore, unless there was a significant gust or wind or weather condition, it is very likely that a roll over trucking accident in Oregon will result in liability.  Of course, truck drivers and trucking companies will do everything they can to blame uncontrollable factors include the weather. But liability is only half to the battle.  Once liability is determine, a victim needs to prove damages.  This includes using medical experts and witnesses to establish damages in order to win a case.  This allows a victim to collect compensation for pain and suffering, lost wages, lost future earnings, medical bills, property damage, and other damages caused by the reckless mistakes of a party.

Call our Trucking Accident Lawyers for Help

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. 
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Centerline Trucking Accidents in Oregon

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Understanding Oregon Law When a Tractor Trailer Crosses the Centerline in Oregon

Centerline violations are particularly dangerous.  This is because another motorist is crossing into the direct pathway and right-of-way of another vehicle.  Almost all centerline violations are due to the negligence of another motorist.  When it comes to large commercial trucks crossing the centerline, the negligence could also be caused by a maintenance companies, mechanic, or other product manufacturer that installed or made the brakes, steering column, wheels, or other equipment on the truck.  These means that victims may be entitled to recover compensation for their injuries.  And those injuries from centerline trucking accidents in Oregon could be catastrophic and devastating.

Our Portland trucking accident lawyers know just how catastrophic and devastating these injuries could be.  Victims could be seriously injured when their smaller, passenger vehicle is fit head on by a large commercial truck like an 18 wheeler, semi tractor trailer, tanker, or other big rig.  Head on collisions are some of the most explosive and devastating types of collisions which could result in devastating personal injuries.  Victims could be permanently disabled or wrongfully killed even on local roads.  But when centerline violations occurred on highways and interstates, it is incredibly likely for victims to lose their life.

Cross the Centerline is Usually Illegal

Under Oregon law, ORS 811.310 provides that a person is prohibited from crossing the centerline unless 1) authorized by traffic signs, 2) when there is an obstruction in the roadway and it is necessary to cross the centerline to avoid the obstruction, or 3) when making a turn into an intersection, alley, or private road or driveway.  All of these turns must be made when it is safe and no other vehicle presents an immediate hazard to the vehicle crossing the centerline.

Common Causes of Centerline Violations

There are many common causes of centerline violations which could be caused by the negligence of another motorist.  The most common causes of centerline trucking accidents in Oregon include the following:

  • Falling asleep at the wheel or drowsy driving
  • Speeding
  • Drunk driving
  • Drugged driving, including the use of cocaine which is common among truck drivers to stay away long hours
  • Distracted driving, including cell phone use, GPS, radio, hand-held radio, and eating
  • Inexperience 
  • Aggressive driving
  • Rushing to make a delivery on time
  • Braking errors
  • Steering column failures
  • Wheel or tire blowouts, and
  • Many other common causes.

Common Injuries from Centerline Trucking Accidents in Oregon

There are many possible injuries which could be caused in a centerline trucking accident,  Unfortunately, the most common personal injuries are all catastrophic because of the nature of a head on collision being so explosive and dangerous.  The most common injuries include the following:

  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Brachial plexus nerve injuries
  • Amputations
  • Broken bones or fractured bones
  • Organ injuries
  • Disfigurement 
  • Head injuries
  • Nerve damage
  • Blindness
  • Burn injuries
  • Orbital blowout fractures
  • Need for surgery, including life-saving procedures
  • Paralysis such as paraplegia or quadriplegia
  • Wrongful death, and
  • Other serious personal injuries.

Injured by a Truck That Crossed the Centerline?  Call Our Portland Trucking Accident Lawyers Today

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. 

Speed Causing a Trucking Accident in Oregon

Oregon Trucking Accident Lawyers Share How Speed Causing a Trucking Accident in Oregon Could be Catastrophic

Excessive speed while operating any motor vehicle is dangerous.  This is because the faster a vehicle goes the less reaction time a driver has to stop and the more stopping distance a driver needs.  This is particularly true for truck drivers of 18 wheelers who already need to have a faster reaction time and need to have a greater distance to stop.  This is why speeding in a commercial vehicle is simply dangerous.  It is likely to result in catastrophic personal injuries include traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, amputations, and other permanent damages.  Our Oregon trucking accident lawyers know that speed causing a trucking accident in Oregon can be devastating and is preventable by following the law.

Personal injuries from speeding can also not just be catastrophic, but deadly.  According to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there are over 430 fatal auto accidents in Oregon each year with 119 accidents caused due to speeding.  These means that a person dies every three days because of a preventable trucking accident.  

Speeding is Unlawful in Oregon

Under Oregon statutory law, ORS section 811.100 provides that

A person commits the offense of violating the basic speed rule if the person drives a vehicle upon a highway at a speed greater than is reasonable and prudent, having due regard to all of the following:

(a) The traffic.

(b) The surface and width of the highway.

(c) The hazard at intersections. 

(d) Weather.

(e) Visibility.

(f) Any other conditions then existing.

These factors are flexible, meaning that a motorist may have to driver under the 55 MPH speed limit in heavy rain or on icy roadways.  This means that a motorist must use reasonable care under the circumstances.  A truck driver especially must follow Oregon law but also the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulations which also require a truck driver to drive lower than the speed limit if there are hazardous roadway conditions including traffic or inclement weather.

Damages When Speed Causing a Trucking Accident in Oregon Hurts Someone

Drivers or occupants who are seriously injured due to a truck driver’s negligence may be entitled to recover “damages” for their trucking accident.  In a personal injury action, “damages” are compensatory in nature meaning that victims are entitled to money.  Compensation is usually awarded for many different aspects of a case such as lost wages, medical bills, or property damage.

However, pain and suffering is usually the largest award of damages in a trucking crash in Oregon.  Pain and suffering is the measure of physical agony, discomfortable, physical anguish, and literal pain that a person feels from injuries caused by an accident.  Pain and suffering can also extend to emotional and cognitive injuries such as anxiety, depression, extreme emotional distress, fear, and other related injuries.  The most common and severe personal injuries after an Oregon trucking accident include the following:

  • Traumatic brain injuries or TBIs;
  • Spinal cord injuries;
  • Amputations;
  • Broken bones;
  • Back injuries;
  • Paraplegia;
  • Quadriplegia; 
  • Nerve injuries;
  • Organ damage;
  • Loss of vision or eyesight;
  • Significant disfigurement or scarring;
  • Wrongful death; and 
  • Any other physical or emotional injuries.

When Speed Causing a Trucking Accident in Oregon Causes You Pain and Suffering, As our Lawyers to Help

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 Accident Caused by Speeding – Bend/Portland Lawyers

Speeding Big Rig Could Cause a Deadly Oregon Trucking Accident

The commercial trucking industry is a “time is money” business model where faster deliveries mean faster paychecks.  This is a business model that creates an incentive for the fastest truck drivers to earn the most money, and that incentive is to speed.  Speeding is one of the most common causes of all motor vehicle accidents, including 18 wheeler wrecks and big rig crashes.  But if cutting corners by breaking the law earns more money for truck drivers and trucking companies, many drivers are willing to put you in danger to make a few extra bucks.  When this gamble does not pay off, many truck drivers and trucking companies are quick to blame traffic patterns, roadway design, or even the victims.  If youor a loved one have been injured in an Oregon trucking accident, ask our Bend/Portland, Oregon trucking accident lawyers to protect your rights.

Why Speeding is Dangerous

If it were not obvious enough, speeding is a very dangerous behavior to engage in while operating a motor vehicle.  This is especially true of large commercial vehicles like big rigs, logging trucks, 18 wheelers, tankers, and other large box trucks.  The most obvious reasons why speeding is dangerous includes the following:

  1. Decreases reaction time of a truck driver by having less time to execute a maneuver;
  2. Increases stopping distance of a truck; and
  3. Increases the momentum and force upon impact which makes big rig crashes more dangerous and deadly.

Driving Over the Speed Limit is Illegal in Oregon Under State Law, and Truck Drivers Must Comply with Oregon Law

Even though many truck drivers and large commercial trucks are not from Oregon when they are traveling through our state, this does not mean they do not need to follow Oregon law.  Under federal regulations promulgated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), all commercial vehicle operators must comply with the speed limit in the state they are operating in.  This means that truck drivers from the east coast must comply with Oregon speed limits established by Oregon law.

Under Oregon law, ORS section 811.105 sets basic speed rules and speed limits.  In addition to all posted requirements, this section of law sets forth the basic speed rules in certain areas and on certain roadways.  Violating the basic speed rules or the posted speed limits are a violation of Oregon law.  This means that truck drivers speeding above the speed limit prescribed by this statute are violating Oregon law.

But even if a truck driver if driving under the speed limit, ORS section 811.100 establishes violations of basic speed rules when other conditions on or around the roadway do not make it safe to operate a motor vehicle.  Subdivision (1) provides that a person violates Oregon’s basic speed rule when “the person drivers a vehicle upon a highway at a speed greater than is reasonable and prudent, having due regard to all of the following” which include the traffic, surface and width of the road, hazards at intersections, weather, visibility, and all other conditions existing.  This standard is flexible and means that a motorist most comply with what is safe at the time of operation.

Our Bend/Portland, Oregon Trucking Accident Lawyers Can Fight When Excessive Speed is the Cause of a Big Rig Crash

If a truck driver violates any Oregon law and causes an Oregon trucking accident, the truck driver and the trucking company may be found to be automatically liable for the 18 wheeler wreck through the doctrine of negligence per se.  This doctrine applies when a person violates a statute that is meant to protect a certain person from harm, and the violation of the statute indeed causes that harm.  

Oregon’s speeding statutes seek to prevent individuals from being harmed in motor vehicle accidents caused by motorists who are driving at an unsafe speed.  When a truck driver is operating at an unsafe speed and causes a motor vehicle accident that injuries an innocent person, the doctrine of negligence per se might apply.  This would allow a victim to recover compensation for his or her injuries.

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.  Our firm offers 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.