Portland, OR- A wreck between an auto and a large commercial truck often results in severe injuries and extensive property damage. In the aftermath of a truck accident, victims are left with many questions. USAttorneys will discuss a few of the common questions truck accident victims have.
Am I eligible for compensation?
If you suffered an injury in a truck accident, you could file a claim against the negligent driver or trucking company. Oregon allows victims to seek damages for their financial losses, which typically include medical expenses, funeral and burial expenses, loss of wages, and the costs associated with repairing or replacing property. In some cases, truck accident victims can seek compensation for their emotional distress, pain, and suffering. When a person is killed, their surviving family members can request all the types of compensation we mentioned, but Oregon caps the amount of compensation awarded for non-economic damages (pain and suffering) at $50,000 for wrongful death claims only.
If you are planning on filing a truck accident claim in Portland, you must do so before the Oregon’s two-year statute of limitations expires.Truck accident victims who suffer severe injuries should consult with a truck wreck lawyer before making any crucial decisions.
Can I still file a claim if I was partly to blame?
As is the case with car accidents, more than one person is at fault for a collision. Fortunately, even if you are partly to blame for a truck accident you are still allowed to file a claim. In such cases, Oregon uses a shared-fault rule which allows you to pursue and injury claim as long as you were not 50 percent or more at fault. If you are eligible to file a claim, you will be assigned a percentage of liability based on your actions at the time of the crash. For example, you failed to signal while changing lanes and you were clipped by a semi and were assigned 10 percent of the liability. That means the final settlement amount you receive will be 90 percent of the overall settlement amount.
Do I need to retain a truck accident lawyer?
That’s a common question, and in reality, not all truck accident victims need help recovering a settlement. But victims who suffer severe or debilitating injuries should speak with an attorney before deciding they don’t need legal counsel. There are many benefits to hiring an attorney to work on your case. For one, you will have a better chance of recovering the amount of compensation you truly deserve. An attorney knows how to negotiate and craft a convincing truck wreck claim.
USAttorneys suggests you speak with a truck accident lawyer in Portland. They can examine the facts of the case and help you decide what course of action will result in the best settlement for you and your loved ones. Our team of lawyers strives to give each case the individual attention it deserves. Call and set up a consultation today, we have operators and local attorneys standing by to answer your questions.You have two years from the date of your truck crash to file a personal injury or wrongful death claim in Oregon.