February 6, 2015

Oregon Truck Accident Survivor Highlights Dangers on I-84 | Portland Lawyers Explain

Oregon Truck Accident Survivor Highlights Dangers on I-84 | Portland Lawyers Explain

A recent multi-vehicle pileup on I-84 near Baker City, caught in shocking photos, has brought renewed attention to the dangers of truck accidents in Oregon. One survivor, Kaleb Whitby, miraculously escaped his flattened truck with only minor injuries. This highlights the ever-present dangers of truck accidents in Oregon, especially on notoriously hazardous stretches of road. As Portland truck accident lawyers at Johnson Law, we want to share Whitby's story as a reminder of the risks on our roads and to offer guidance for those involved in similar collisions.

Whitby's Harrowing Experience

"Thank God I'm still alive," Whitby said after the terrifying ordeal. "Now I've got to figure out why."

Whitby, a farmer, was traveling on I-84 when he was caught in a massive pileup involving more than 20 vehicles. His truck was pinned between two semi-trucks, leaving him trapped and fearing the worst. Amazingly, he was extricated with only cuts and bruises.

Know Your Routes

Truck accidents can happen anywhere, but some roads present heightened risks. To stay informed, check out our list of the 10 Most Dangerous Roads in Oregon.

Common Causes of Truck Accidents

  • Driver Fatigue: Truck drivers often work long hours, leading to exhaustion and impaired judgment.
  • Distracted Driving: Texting, eating, or other distractions pose a serious risk for all drivers, especially those operating large commercial vehicles.
  • Improper Maintenance: Trucks require regular maintenance. Neglected brakes, tires, or other components can lead to malfunctions and accidents.
  • Aggressive Driving: Speeding, tailgating, and unsafe lane changes by truck drivers increase the risk of collisions.

Injuries Suffered in Truck Accidents

Due to the massive size of tractor-trailers, those in passenger vehicles often sustain life-altering injuries in truck accidents. These include:

  • Broken bones
  • Catastrophic injuries (spinal cord injuries, paralysis)
  • Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
  • Wrongful death

What to Do After a Truck Accident

If you've been injured in a truck accident, take these steps:

  1. Seek Medical Attention: Your health is the top priority. Get immediate treatment and document all injuries.
  2. Gather Evidence: If possible, take photos of the scene, vehicles, and injuries. Collect contact information from witnesses.
  3. Contact a Portland Truck Accident Lawyer: An experienced lawyer protects your rights, negotiates with insurance companies, and fights for the compensation you deserve.

Johnson Law: Fighting for Truck Accident Victims in Oregon

At Johnson Law, we understand the physical, emotional, and financial toll a truck accident takes on victims and their families. We have the knowledge and resources to build a strong case on your behalf. If you or a loved one has been involved in a truck crash, don't hesitate to contact us for a free consultation.

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