boasts numerous highways that serve as transient routes for trucks transporting
goods throughout the northwestern United States. Routes such as Interstate 5,
Interstate 84 and US Highway 101 serve as major conduits for vehicles traveling
the entire West Coast or to in-state centers such as Portland and Eugene. Those
traffic volumes lead to more than 1,000 fatal and non-fatal truck-related
accidents every year. If you or a family member has been injured in an accident
with a commercial vehicle, Michael can ensure that your rights are protected. Michael
has dedicated his professional career to increasing trucking industry safety
standards and to representing victims of unsafe commercial trucking practices.
I regularly engage in continuing legal education presentations around the country, including the following events in or near Oregon:
- Interstate Trucking Group of ATLA, San Francisco (July 19, 2003)
Oregon Settlements & Verdicts
Oregon Jury Renders $5.2M Verdict Against Trucking Broker and Driver in Negligent Hiring Case
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (Title 49, Parts 350-399) govern all vehicles engaged in interstate traffic.
There are some situations where a tractor-trailer or other commercial motor vehicle is involved in only intrastate travel. For example, an appliance store in Salem may own a truck that only makes in-state deliveries.
The Oregon Department of Public Safety has adopted Title 49, Parts 382, 383, 384, 390, 391, 392, 393, 394, 395, 396, 397, 398, and 399 of the federal regulations.
For an overview of laws that affect trucks operating only in Oregon, visit our Oregon Trucking Laws page.
Your truck accident case may be larger than you think. My experience often enables me to maximize awards, well beyond what the co-counsel originally expected. My book Litigating Truck Accident Cases, published by West Publishing, is considered the definitive work on handling truck accident cases. Contact me if you are seeking co-counsel on your case.
Fatal Truck Accidents: 52 per year
Non-Fatal Truck Accidents: 1,074 per year
Accident Locales: 70%(Rural), 30%(Urban)
Carrier Fact: 50% of Oregon's truck accidents involve carriers whose principle place of business is not Oregon.
In 77% of Oregon's truck accidents, weather conditions were NOT a factor.
Interstate 5: I-5 runs from the Mexican border to the Canadian border, San Diego, California to Blaine, Washington. 307 of its miles pass through Oregon, including the cities of Eugene, which has spur route 105, and Portland, which has spur routes 205 and 405.
Interstate 84: The breathtakingly beautiful I-84 west starts in Portland, Oregon and makes its way to Echo, Utah covering 375 miles of Oregon along the way. It hugs the stunning Columbia River Gorge and passes through Portland.
US Highway 101: The 101 is called the Pacific Coast Highway for good reason: it closely follows the gently curving path of that coast and offers some of the most dazzling ocean views in America. Beginning in Los Angeles, CA and ending in Olympia, WA, Highway 101 becomes the Oregon Coast Highway upon entering the state and proceeds through many of Oregon's delightful coastal towns.
Baker - Benton - Clackamas - Clatsop - Columbia - Coos - Crook - Curry - Deschutes - Douglas - Gilliam - Grant - Harney -- Hood River - Jackson - Jefferson - Josephine - Klamath - Lake - Lane - Lincoln - Linn - Malheur - Marion - Morrow - Multnomah - Polk - Sherman - Tillamook - Umatilla - Union - Wallowa - Wasco -- Washington Wheeler -- Yamhill