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Oregon Rear End Collision Lawyers - Bend/Portland, OR

One of the most common types of Oregon trucking accidents is the rear end accident.  It can also be one of the most debilitating and devastating types of truck accidents.  This is because rear end collisions generate extreme whiplash motions of a person’s head and neck.  In fact, the entire spinal column is susceptible to the whiplash motion which could cause catastrophic injuries such as paralysis and traumatic brain injuries.  Victims of rear end collisions with trucks are at a greater danger due to the sheer size and weight which generates significantly more momentum and force upon impact.  Fortunately, Oregon law has strong protections for victims of rear end trucking crashes and personal injuries victims or their families should contact our Oregon rear end collision lawyers to learn what we can do to help.

Proving Liability in Rear End Collisions

Under Oregon law, liability for a rear end collision is presumed against the vehicle that collides from the rear.  This means that a vehicle that hit another vehicle from behind is presumed to be at fault.  This allows victims a somewhat easier means of recovering compensation for their injuries or the injuries or wrongful death of a loved one.  In these instances, the doctrine of negligence per se is an important tool for a victim of a rear end collision because it automatically holds a defendant liable for causing a rear end collision that results in personal injuries by virtue of violating Oregon vehicle and traffic law

However, this is a “rebuttable” presumption.  This means that a defendant can fight back to argue that the victim was the cause of the crash.  This could be done by arguing that there was a non-negligent for the rear end collision.  Examples could be a last minute lane change, abruptly stopping, or unsafe turns or merges.

Inexcusable Causes of Rear End Collisions

While those may be some non-negligent grounds, there are many excuses which are not appropriate excuses for causing an Oregon trucking accident.  Some of the most common causes of rear end collisions with large commercial trucks include the following:

  • Hour of service violations causing fatigue or sleepy drivers;
  • Distracted truck drivers;
  • Driver inexperience;
  • Drunk driving;
  • Mechanical errors like brake failures;
  • Oversized loads, especially logging trucks;
  • Aggressive driving;
  • Improper mergers;
  • Speeding;
  • Driving in hazardous weather conditions instead of stopping;
  • Falling asleep at the wheel;
  • Drugged driving; and
  • Many other causes.

Personal Injuries Due to Oregon Rear End Trucking Accidents

A trucking accident is the most powerful type of motor vehicle accident.  This is particularly true on highways.  When that trucking accident is a rear end accident, victims are likely to suffer permanent, debilitating, and devastating personal injuries.  This injuries are usually focused on a person’s neck and back because of the whiplash motion.  This could be a permanent paralysis injury.

Some of the most common injuries due to an Oregon rear end trucking accident include the following:

  • Whiplash injuries;
  • Traumatic brain injuries;
  • Head injuries;
  • Back injuries;
  • Need for spinal fusions;
  • Paralysis like paraplegia or quadriplegia;
  • Nerve injuries like brachial plexus injuries;
  • Broken bones;
  • Organ injuries like organ ruptures; 
  • Amputations;
  • Wrongful death; and
  • Many other injuries.

In addition to these physical damages, victims may also suffer financial and emotional injuries.  These injuries can be just as devastating to a person and his or her family.  This is because victims are missing time from work but having the added expenses of medical bills.  Some of the most common damages from a trucking accident include lost wages, lost future earnings, medical bills, future medical bills, paying for medical equipment, house or vehicle modification, and in wrongful death cases paying for burial expenses and funeral costs.

Bend/Portland, Oregon Rear End Collision 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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