On behalf of Berkshire Ginsberg, LLC posted on Thursday, November 14, 2013.
A fatal trucking accident thirty minutes outside of Portland left a 26-year old man dead. The fatal motor vehicle accident occurred when a semi truck pulling a trailer rear ended the passenger vehicle the victim was driving and ran it over. The truck then rear ended another semi truck. The passenger vehicle the victim was in was crushed and pinned under the semi truck; the victim died at the scene. The semi truck driver was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Police are asking any witnesses to contact the police department. Fatal trucking accidents have the ability to cause a significant loss of life, severe injuries and other damages. Commercial vehicles such as semi trucks commonly weigh 80,000 pounds compared to the average passenger vehicle which weighs 3,000 pounds. This basic size disparity can have catastrophic results when a negligent truck driver causes an accident that kills or injures victims. In the case when a victim has died in a fatal accident due to the negligence of another, family members who have endured the loss of a loved one may have legal recourse for damages. Families can recover, depending on the circumstances, medical expenses, funeral expenses, lost prospect of inheritance, loss of support and services and pain and suffering damages through a claim against the negligent driver or other possible defendants. The unexpected loss of a loved one is unimaginable to many. For those suffering from such a tragic loss, a wrongful death claim may be a course of action to consider after meeting with a personal injury attorney who can help explain the process to family members. Source: KATU, “Man dies when semi truck crushes car on I-5,” Nov. 5, 2013