Injured from Oregon Trucking Accident Caused by Running a Stop Sign
Vehicle and traffic laws are in place to help create orderly function of our roadways. These laws are also in place to help protect people from foreseeable harm. Many vehicle and traffic laws are aimed at protecting individuals from injuries in an Oregon trucking accident. One of the most common types of accidents which usually result in very serious or significant injuries includes running a stop sign. This type of big rig crash can result in catastrophic personal injuries because running a stop sign usually results in t-boning another vehicle. T-bone trucking accidents are usually catastrophic, especially when the tractor trailer is t-boning a smaller passenger vehicle. Therefore, an Oregon trucking accident caused by running a stop sign could be fatal.
Our Oregon trucking accident lawyers know how dangerous and potentially deadly this can be for innocent people when big rigs running a stop sign cause an 18 wheeler wreck. Victims who are seriously injured in trucking accidents may suffer extreme pain and suffering, have significant lost wages, and suffer catastrophic hardship including toppling medical bills. Unfortunately, many vehicles that are involved in a truck wreck due to running a stop sign could result in the wrongful death of a loved one. This means that victims and their families may be entitled to compensation for burial costs and funeral expenses.
Liability for Running a Stop Sign
There are two ways to establish liability when a large commercial truck caused an explosive crash due to running a stop sign. First, the common law (or judge-made law) provides that all motorists must use reasonable care when operating a motor vehicle to avoid causing foreseeable harm to other motorists. When a motorist runs a stop sign when he or she is supposed to stop, he or she is not acting reasonably. When these unreasonable actions result in serious personal injuries, that could result in a finding of negligence.
Second, the violation of a statute is known as negligence per se. The failure to stop at a stop sign is a driver’s failure to obey a traffic control device under ORS section 811.265. The violation of this statute is meant to both 1) create orderly function on the roads, and 2) prevent foreseeable harm to other motorists. Where a truck driver runs a red light and causes a personal injuries in a collision, a victim suffering those personal injuries may be able to automatically find the truck driver negligent by virtue of the truck driver violating the statute. This is known as the doctrine of negligence per se.
In addition, a trucking company may be liable for the negligence of a truck driver that the trucking company employs. This is known as the doctrine of respondeat superior and all the victim must show is that the truck driver was operating within his or her scope of employment when the crash occurred. This is because companies are liable for the actions fo their employees.
Ask our Oregon Trucking Accident Lawyer for Help if a Truck Driver Running a Stop Sign Caused Your Personal 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. 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.