What is a Whiplash Injury and How Can It Be Caused by Trucking Accidents in Oregon?
Our Portland trucking accident lawyer knows that whiplash injuries caused by trucking accidents in Oregon can be some of the worst types of personal injuries. This is because a whiplash injury can be debilitating and result in permanent range of motion restrictions. Some severe whiplash injuries could also require surgery. Unfortunately, whiplash injuries can also be some of the most complicated types of personal injury cases to handle and be successful as a plaintiff. This is because whiplash injuries are commonly known as soft-tissue cases. There usually is limited or no objective evidence was to these types of injuries because most soft tissue injuries do not show up on imaging studies such as CT scans, MRIs, x-rays, and other images.
But whiplash injuries caused by trucking accidents in Oregon could affect an entire family. This is because a victim who suffers a whiplash injury could suffer injuries that cause high medical bills. This can place a financial strain on a family that needs to cover these unexpected expenses. But whiplash injuries can also keep a victim out of work, which means there is also a lower income. This increased expense while a decreased income can be catastrophic for a family, especially when the victim is the breadwinner or when the victim has children. This is why retaining a whiplash injury lawyer for Oregon trucking accidents is very important.
What is Whiplash and How is it Caused?
Whiplash is the back-and-forth motion that a person’s head and neck can make in an impact. Usually this impact is from behind. The whiplash motion is like the crack of a whip, hence the name. The whiplash motion causes a neck strain which is damage to the muscle or tendons.
The more violent an impact is, the more devastating a whiplash injury could be. This means that a whiplash injury could be particularly severe if a large commercial vehicle like an 18 wheeler, logging truck, delivery van, or other large tractor trailer or box truck causes the collision. Victims could suffer serious injury from even low-speed collisions with these large vehicles, but high speed collisions could be catastrophic.
When are Whiplash Injuries Most Likely to Occur?
Whiplash injuries are most likely to occur in collisions that hit a victim from behind or the side. This means that rear end collisions are the most common way for a victim to suffer a whiplash injury. Victims may also suffer whiplash injuries from side-swipe accidents such as when a truck tries to merge lanes at the last second. This is because whiplash could also be side-to-side and not just back-and-forth.
Other times a whiplash injury could be caused when a truck stops short and without warning and a victim’s vehicle rear ends the truck that stopped short. While it may appear that this is the fault of the following vehicle, that is not always the case. Oregon vehicle and traffic law prohibits vehicles from stopping short and without warning. Thus, when a truck stops short and another motorist rear ends that vehicle, there could still be liability.
Ask Our Portland Trucking Accident Lawyer for Help with Your Whiplash Injury Case
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.