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Fatal Highway 97 Crash Near Sunriver

By andersonthomas2736, Dec 22 2015 08:22PM

A LaPine man was killed on December 11, 2015 in a head-on collision with a semi-truck on Highway 97 near Sunriver. The truck driver was traveling south on Highway 97 when he lost control of his truck on the icy roadway. The truck then traveled across the southbound lanes and into the northbound lanes where it crashed into the LaPine man's pick-up truck, a Ford F-350.

The Oregon State Police reported that the semi-truck driver failed to control his 2015 Freightliner on the icy road and caused the head-on collision with the pick-up truck. The truck driver was cited for Failure to Drive Within Lane.

There were two passengers in the pick-up truck who were treated for non-life threatening injuries at St. Charles Bend Hospital. The commercial truck driver also was treated for non-life threatening injuries at St. Charles Medical Center.

Accidents involving semi-trucks often involve significant property damage, severe injuries with large medical bills and lost wages from the time off required during the healing process. Accidents with large trucks such as an 18-wheeler or semi-trailer are five times more likely to cause serious injury or death than accidents between two passenger vehicles. Trucking companies employ lawyers to help them mitigate any costs associated with crashes caused by their drivers, making it more challenging to recover from the trucking company. Therefore, after being involved in an accident with a semi-truck, working with experienced semi-truck accident lawyers is imperative in order to be able to recover just compensation, including one’s current and future medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering claims.

When someone is tragically killed in a trucking accident, the survivors and the estate of the person who died because of the negligence of the truck driver have a claim for their financial losses and their loss of the deceased’s love and companionship.

This time of year, as the winter weather intensifies and the holiday traffic picks up, we encourage all drivers to be careful and cautious as you embark on your travels. Anyone who has been involved in an auto, motorcycle, or truck accident due to another driver’s negligence this season is encouraged to seek legal representation.

Contact Anderson Law Center today to schedule a free consultation to review your legal options and accident-related damages.

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