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Let An Experienced Truck Accident Lawyer in Salem Help You

According to data from the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT), there were 1,889 commercial truck accidents reported in our state in 2020 alone. Were you recently in an accident that involved a commercial vehicle? This type of accident can be quite a bit different than accidents that involve only personal vehicles. 

If you or a family member has been injured in an auto accident or car accident in Salem, Oregon contact an experienced personal injury lawyer at the Youd Law Firm in Salem, Oregon. Our law firm is ready to fight for justice, accountability, and the maximum financial compensation. We provide free, no obligation initial consultations to truck accident victims.  

Truck Accidents are a Serious Risk — Even if a Driver Has a CDL

We often assume that professional drivers are better at driving because it’s what they do for a living. Unfortunately, that’s not always the case. In fact, commercial drivers are often more dangerous because they’re encouraged to meet unrealistic goals to make more money. That means the guy in control of that truck, train, commercial vessel, or airplane may be exhausted and, as a result, extremely dangerous.
Another thing that can make recovering damages in an accident with a commercial vehicle more difficult is that insurance companies often have teams of lawyers who specialize in minimizing compensatory payouts. It can be extremely difficult to get a fair settlement after you’ve been involved in a commercial accident. The biggest mistake you can make is to try to go it alone in court. Set up a free consultation with a top-rated Salem, OR truck accident lawyer as soon as possible.

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Truck Accidents Differ From Car Accidents

For a number of different reasons, commercial truck accident claims are more complex than other types of motor vehicle injury cases. Hurt in a crash with a tractor trailer? You need an attorney with relevant legal expertise. Here are some of the most notable ways in which truck accidents are different from car accidents: 

  • Commercial vehicles are larger than other vehicles on the road
  • Nearly 4000 people die in large truck crashes each year – driver fatigue is a leading factor
  • Freight organizations employ specialized legal teams to minimize compensatory payouts in the event of an accident
  • Multiple parties may bear liability for the same commercial truck accident
  • Commercial vehicles are subject to legal requirements that often do not apply to personal vehicles

Your Guide to Truck Accident Liability in Oregon

A tractor trailer crash in Salem will be handled by Oregon law. Here are some of the key points that you need to understand about truck accident laws and truck accident liability in Oregon: 

  • Semi-Truck Accident Liability is Based on Fault: Oregon is an at-fault state for semi-truck accidents. Every tractor trailer crash should be thoroughly investigated. Our Salem, OR truck crash lawyer will help you gather all of the evidence you need to prove liability. 
  • Comparative Negligence Applies in Oregon: Under Oregon law (ORS § 31.600), comparative negligence applies. A victim may still recover even if they are partially at fault for their own crash. However, their financial recovery will be reduced proportionately. 
  • Victims have Two Years to Bring a Claim: Under Oregon law (ORS §12.110), tractor trailer accident injury claims are subject to a two-year statute of limitations. If a claim is not filed within two years, you may not be eligible to bring a legal claim at all. 

We Help Injured Truck Accident Victims Maximize their Compensation 

Injured in a semi-truck accident in Salem or elsewhere in the Willamette Valley? It is crucial that you know the steps to take to secure the maximum financial recovery. Oregon law allows injured victims to pursue compensation for economic and intangible losses. However, the big truck companies and their insurers can throw barriers in the path of justice. Our Salem, OR truck accident attorney goes above and beyond to help victims maximize their recovery. Damages may include:  

  • Vehicle repairs; 
  • Ambulance costs; 
  • Emergency medical costs; 
  • Hospital bills;
  • Physical therapy; 
  • Medication; 
  • Medical equipment; 
  • Lost wages;
  • Loss of earning power; 
  • Pain and suffering; 
  • Disability; 
  • Disfigurement; and
  • Wrongful death. 

Put Experience To Work For You: Salem Truck Accident Lawyer Lance D. Youd Can Help

Are you thinking of taking a commercial driver or freight company to court for compensation after an accident? That’s probably a bad idea — unless you have experienced representation. Freight companies have teams of high-dollar insurance lawyers in their back pockets. If you’ve been injured in a commercial vehicle accident, attorney Lance D. Youd has the experience you need to negotiate a fair and just settlement. If negotiations don’t result in a favorable outcome, we’ll take your case to court to obtain the jury award you deserve for a complete recovery.

Attorney Lance D. Youd has helped his clients in Salem, Portland, and the Willamette Valley area get full and fair compensation for their injuries. He works hard to make the process as smooth and seamless as possible. You deserve personalized guidance and support from your Salem, OR truck accident lawyer. All personal injury cases are taken on a contingency basis — this means that Mr. Youd is paid only when he successfully negotiates a monetary settlement or wins a judgment on your behalf.

Contact Our Salem, OR Semi-Truck Accident Attorney Today

Lance D. Youd Attorney at Law is an experienced, effective advocate for injured victims. If you or your loved one was hurt in a tractor trailer crash, we are more than ready to help. Call us  at (503) 399-8967 or contact us online for a free, no obligation consultation. With a law office in Salem, we handle truck accident claims in Polk County, Marion County, and throughout the Willamette Valley.

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At Youd Law, we pride ourselves in offering unmatched service. Lance and his staff are responsive and respectful, providing efficient, expert assistance in a kind and courteous manner.


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K H Family Family Law 2019

I wouldn’t want to go up against you Lance. Thanks to you and your team for your hard work.

KW July 2019

It’s been a long battle and I want you to know I appreciate all you have done.

RD July 2019

God answers…..One of our dear friends reached out to a lawyer she knows for me. What a great man! He contacted me and spent over a half an hour on the phone answering my questions.


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Lance D. Youd, Attorney at Law proudly serves clients in Salem, Portland,and all surrounding areas in the greater Willamette Valley, OR.


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