What Can You Be Compensated for in a Tractor-Trailer Accident?

As we discussed in our overview on semi-truck accidents, hundreds of thousands of tractor-trailer crashes occur yearly on American roads. Statistics from 2014 show that, in Oregon alone, a truck crash occurred almost every six hours, with as many as 16 truck crashes in one day. Of course, as with any motor vehicle collision, both bodily injury and property damage can result. Unfortunately, however, because tractor-trailer trucks are so massive in size, weight, and height, especially when compared to passenger vehicles, pickup trucks, and motorcycles, damage resulting from a semi-truck crash can be disastrous, if not fatal. Luckily, the law recognizes that innocent victims should be made whole, and provides the appropriate mechanisms to hold accountable those who negligently and intentionally cause harm. In this article, we’ll discuss some common forms of compensation available to victims of a trucking accident.

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What is Involved in a Wrongful Death Claim?

It is often said that death is just a natural part of life, and we all know this to be true. The hope of many is to die naturally and peacefully, in the presence of loved ones. However, we live in a complicated world, full of danger and risk. Death can come unexpectedly, and sometimes suddenly. In some cases, the deceased’s own actions cause or contribute to the death. Other times, death results from the careless or intentional acts of another person, who should be held responsible for his or her behavior. Facing the unexpected death of a loved one leads many to wonder if a wrongful death action should be pursued. In this article, we’ll help answer that question and discuss what is involved.

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I Was Just in an Accident with a Semi-Truck: What Should I Do?

According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, or FMCSA, there are almost 100,000 accidents involving trucks or large buses each year. These types of accidents are extremely dangerous, especially for the occupants of the passenger vehicle involved. If you are involved in an accident involving a semi-truck, there are several important steps you need to take to make sure you’re protected moving forward.

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The Pros and Cons of Using an Asbestos Testing Kit

It’s common knowledge that asbestos is an incredibly dangerous substance that can cause significant health problems for anyone who is exposed to it. Asbestos, which is a mineral fiber that occurs in rock and soil, is known for its fiber strength and heat resistant qualities. Asbestos has been widely used in construction materials and manufactured goods. Exposure to asbestos is known to cause or be associated with lung cancer, mesothelioma (a cancer that is found in the lining of the lung, chest, abdomen, and heart), and asbestosis.

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I Was in an Accident with a Semi-Truck: Who is Responsible?

Most people have been involved in an automobile accident at some point during their lives. Far fewer people have been involved in an accident with a large truck. And while there are certainly similarities, it would be a mistake to think that the two types of cases are exactly the same. First, due to the immense size and weight of tractor-trailers, the level of destruction and injury can be amplified. Second, investigation is more demanding because so many more factors must be considered in evaluating liability. Finally, because the laws and regulations governing the trucking industry are so much more complex, legal analysis is more complicated. In this article, we’ll address some of these challenges.

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Oregon Wrongful Death Lawsuits and the Rights of Surviving Spouses

It’s hard to imagine anything more painful than the death of a spouse due to the wrongful (and avoidable) conduct of another person. Surviving spouses deal with a flood of emotions and a palpable sense of grief. While Oregon law provides meaningful and appropriate mechanisms to hold wrongdoers responsible for their acts, surviving spouses may feel overwhelmed by a combination of their loss, along with the complicated legal questions they face. In this article, we will address some basics concerning the rights of a surviving spouse.

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Semi-Truck Accidents: An Overview

 

Commercial trucking, an industry that’s integral to the success of the American economy, touches our lives on a daily basis. From the groceries we eat, to the household items we use, to the gasoline powering our cars, most products are transported in large semi-trucks. Fortunately, most trucking companies exercise sound judgment in maintaining their trucks and running their businesses. Similarly, most truck drivers are courteous, hard-working professionals. We’re all grateful for their contributions to society.

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Notable Asbestos Cases in Oregon

For far too many years, hard-working men and women who suffered illness, and sometimes death, due to asbestos exposure had insufficient recourse against the responsible parties. People working in many industries, including construction, automotive, and shipbuilding, had frequent contact with asbestos. Even now, asbestos is found in many products and buildings. Fortunately, the legal system has responded so that victims can hold responsible those parties who negligently or intentionally caused harm by exposing employees to asbestos. In this article, we’ll look at some notable Oregon legal cases involving asbestos. 

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Bone Marrow Transplants – Hope and Risk

Bone marrow transplants are a large advancement in medicine, especially in cancer treatment. If chemotherapy or radiation treatments have depleted bone marrow in a patient, replacement with fresh marrow from a donor can prolong life.

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What Constitutes Wrongful Death?

Before asking what constitutes wrongful death, it’s important to define what the term means. Wrongful death refers to a claim against a person who can be held liable for a death. In other words, when a person dies due to the legal fault of another person or entity, it’s considered a wrongful death. The purpose of a wrongful death claim is to enable the survivors to seek compensation for their loss, either to recover medical expenses prior to death, lost wages, physical pain prior to death, mental anguish, funeral expenses, or lost companionship. 

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