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Semi-Truck Accidents

Semi-trucks can weigh 80,000 pounds or more, and be up to 75 feet in length – many times larger and heavier than your car or truck.

Along I-5 and I-84 in Oregon, trucks with 2 or 3 trailers – called LCVs – are a common site.

These commercial trucks and trailers are much more likely than passenger cars to be involved in a fatal crash.

Trucking Laws

There are strict rules and regulations that commercial vehicles like semi-trucks and buses must follow. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) outlines the safe, correct way for commercial tractor-trailers to be loaded, maintained and operated.

When these laws are broken, innocent drivers and passengers are put at risk.

Most truck drivers are well-trained professionals who follow the safety rules regarding record-keeping, hours of service, and cell phone use. However, when a semi-truck is involved in an accident, often the driver is in violation of these regulations. Nearly 33% of all large-truck drivers involved in fatal accidents had at least one prior speeding conviction, compared to less than 20% of passenger vehicle drivers involved in fatal crashes.

If you have been injured in a truck accident, or if a family member has been seriously injured or died as a result of a truck crash, you can contact D’Amore Law Group for a free consultation.

Truck Accident video Geary 300x239 Semi Truck Accidents

A semi-truck topples onto Mr. Geary’s pickup truck – video from Jackson County Sheriff’s Office

$1.4 million dollar settlement in Medford, Oregon trucking accident
D’Amore Law Group client William Geary (Central Point) was stopped in a line of cars on Biddle Road, waiting for the light to turn green, when he saw a double trailer semi-truck traveling fast, make a turn onto Biddle… read more

$2 million dollar result on behalf of the widow whose husband was killed when he was rear-ended by a semi-truck in Oregon. The man’s car was pushed off the road into a ditch and burst into flames. Investigation after the crash showed that the truck driver had illegal drugs in his system at the time of the accident, and had falsified log reports.

 

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