The Corson & Johnson Law Firm is especially concerned about the dangers of 18-wheel trucks. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2012 there were 3,921 people killed in crashes involving large trucks, a four percent increase from the previous year. There were 104,000 people injured in large truck crashes, an increase of 18 percent over the previous year. Overall, in the United Stated, 438,000 large trucks were involved in crashes in 2014.
Overworked, tired truck drivers, unstable loads, and unsafe vehicles are some the chief causes of these crashes. In fact, truck-driver fatigue has been cited as a probable factor in up to 40 percent of crashes involving 18-wheelers. Yet, one of the top priorities of the trucking industry has been to actually increase the number of hours truckers are allowed to drive. The Corson & Johnson Law Firm is working to help make sure just the opposite happens – limit behind-the-wheel hours, increase rest time between shifts, create tougher requirements for safer trucks, have better pay and training for drivers, and require more inspections for both the trucks and drivers. Some of the firm’s clients who are survivors of big rig truck crashes are themselves truck drivers or other commercial drivers. They appreciate the need to be protected from unsafe trucking industry practices. All of the rest of us need that protection, too.
Resources to Protect Yourself from Unsafe Trucks
We’re proud to sponsor UnsafeTrucks.org to provide information on 18-wheeler safety and how we can make Oregon roads safer. The site provides an interactive page that displays the locations and roads where most Oregon trucking collisions occur. You can also find information on what caused the crashes and how you can report unsafe trucks.
If you are on the road in Oregon and see an unsafe truck, you can call 1-800-248-6782. This is a truck safety hotline created by the Oregon Department of Transportation to allow drivers to report everything from unsafe lane changing to spilling cargo.
Being injured in a trucking collision can cause many complications, but you don’t have to deal with the trucking company or its insurance carrier alone. Contact The Corson & Johnson Law firm for help.
18-Wheeler Accident Cases
Unsafe trucks and 18-wheelers have lead to serious preventable accidents, often costing life-long damage to our clients. If you think you have a 18-wheeler accident case, contact us right away.
Blogs and Articles
18-Wheeler Improper Loading Results in the Death of Commercial Truck Driver
A Nevada family lost its loved family member, Gregory, when a tractor-trailer rig lost its cargo of hay bales on Highway 58 here in Oregon. Gregory was a commercial truck driver. The hay bales crashed into the cab of Gregory’s truck and killed him. READ MORE
Larry Woody: Truck Accident Results in Permanent Blindness
What started as an ordinary drive for Larry Woody resulted in a catastrophic injury that would affect him for the rest of his life. Larry was driving on I-5 when he spotted a tractor-trailer rig moving at top speed, crossing the median and coming right at him. READ MORE
Multiple Truck Collision: Wrongful Death of Child
One night in southern Douglas County, Oregon, thick smoke filled a long valley through which the Interstate 5 freeway travels. A nine year-old girl was in the back seat of her mother’s car, stopped behind a flatbed truck that had also stopped because of the smoke. Two big trucking rigs, one a gasoline tanker, barreled down the freeway through what both truck drivers estimated to be about a mile of smoke. The gasoline tanker smashed into the back of the family car, sending it into the fast lane and the guardrail. The second tractor-trailer then ran over the family car. The little girl died in the collisions. The case settled after extensive litigation for $475,000.
Representing Truckers Against Negligent Trucking Companies
We settled a trucking collision case in which our client suffered serious injuries to his right leg. The survivor was a passenger in a trucking rig that was involved in a three truck collision on icy roads in eastern Oregon. All three trucking companies were negligent, two in driving too fast for conditions without traction chains, and the third in not yielding to other vehicles on the highway. READ MORE
Truck-Auto Collision: Wrongful Death
A ten-year-old child was riding home with the grandmother and aunt in a car traveling west on Highway 34 in rural Linn County, Oregon. A commercial tractor-trailer loaded with pipe was coming around the curve from the opposite direction. The 18-wheeler lost control, went over the centerline, and slid into the family car head-on. Don Corson prosecuted a wrongful death claim for the surviving family members, which was settled before trial for $550,000.
Law and You Podcasts
18-Wheeler Truck Collisions Need Thorough Investigation
This segment of The Law and You addresses truck collision cases. These are often complicated cases that involve not only the driver but the driver’s employer and even the equipment manufacturer. PLAY PODCAST
Braking Unsafe Trucking Companies
This segment of The Law and You features personal injury trial lawyer Don Corson discussing a national effort to reduce deaths and serious injury due to unsafe trucking practices. PLAY PODCAST
New Hours of Service For Truck Drivers
This segment of The Law and You features personal injury trial lawyer Don Corson speaking about trucking safety issues and an Oregon news and information resource–UnsafeTrucksOregon.com. PLAY PODCAST
Truck Collision Causes Blindness
This segment of The Law and You features Eugene, Oregon personal injury trial lawyer Don Corson speaking about a case where he helped a man named Larry Woody, who went blind due to an auto accident. PLAY PODCAST