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. 

Causes, Liability, and Damages of Head on Trucking Accidents: Oregon Trucking Accident Lawyers

Learn the Common Causes, Liability, and Common Damages from Head On Trucking Accident in Oregon

There are few types of trucking accidents worse than a head on collision.  As the name implies, head on collision is when the front of two vehicles collide together.  This is a devastating type of auto accident because two opposite forces are combining.  This results in a significant amount of force upon impact.  Due to the large size and heavy weight of a commercial vehicle like a logging truck 18 wheeler, or other box truck, generally whatever it hits will be catastrophically damaged.  This usually translates into victims being seriously injured with permanent and disabling injuries, or being wrongfully killed.  Learn about the common causes of head on collisions, liability, and common damages from our Oregon trucking accident lawyers.

Common Causes of Head On Collisions

There are many causes to any type of auto accident or trucking accident.  But there are certain common causes of head on trucking accidents.  Most of the common causes of Oregon trucking accidents are avoidable with reasonable care as a driver.  Unfortunately, far too many truckers do not use reasonable care and take needless, reckless, and careless risks that could cause serious injury.

Some of the most common causes of Oregon head on collisions with large trucks include the following:

  • Distracted driving;
  • Fatigued driving including falling asleep at the wheel;
  • Speeding;
  • Improper lane changes;
  • Cell phone use;
  • Failing to take the weather conditions under consideration;
  • Aggressive driving;
  • Truck driver inexperience;
  • Mechanical errors;
  • Tire blowouts; and
  • Many other common causes.

Liability for Head On Collisions with Large Trucks

Most of the common causes of head on trucking accidents noted above are due to negligence.  This is because the common causes could be avoided if a truck driver acts with the proper care required.  Under the common law, or judge-made law, a truck driver must use reasonable care under the circumstances in the use or operation of his or her vehicle.  This is the duty of care that all motorists owe to other motorists.  A motorist who fails to comply with this duty could be found to be negligent.

Truck drivers also must comply with Oregon vehicle and traffic law.  Violating any vehicle and traffic laws, like stopping at stop signs or red lights, failing to yield, speeding, or other traffic law violations, could result in trucking accidents.  When the violation of a vehicle and traffic law causes a trucking accident, that truck driver could be found automatically negligent through the doctrine of negligence per se.  This doctrine applies when a statute is meant to protect someone from harm, but another person violates the statute and causes harm.

Finally, truck drivers most comply with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulations.  These regulations govern safety, equipment, truck drivers, trucking companies, and a whole litany of other pertinent considerations.  If a truck driver or trucking company fail to comply with these regulations, it could result in a finding of evidence of negligence.

Damages for Head On Collisions with Trucks

Any damages that are proximately caused by a head on trucking collision could be compensated under Oregon law.  Common injuries could be traumatic brain injuries, amputations, spinal cord injuries, and wrongful death.  But any injury that is related to a crash may be compensated.  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.