Aircraft, Railroad and Boat Accidents
Aircraft, train, bus and boat transportation serve thousands of Americans in business and recreational pursuits. Unfortunately, each comes with associated risks of serious injury or death to operators, passengers, and people not on board. Most such injury accidents are preventable however, and occur because of individual or institutional negligence, or defective products. In those circumstances compensation through legal action often is available to the victims.
Plane, helicopter, railway, bus and boat accident cases Johnson Johnson & Schaller has prosecuted include airplane and helicopter crashes caused by pilot error, improper maintenance, and defective design. Train accidents are often caused by inadequately protected railroad crossings.
We have represented passengers in bus collisions that have caused injury to passengers and occupants of other vehicles, and boat capsizings caused by captain negligence. The following are representative cases.
Piper Cherokee Plane Crash. We represented the family of a passenger who died when a small private airplane struck the side of a mountain. The passenger resided in Oregon, but the fatal crash occurred in British Columbia. The case settled for policy limits.
United Airlines Crash. We represented a survivor of a United Airlines crash in Sioux City, Iowa.
Helicopter Strikes Uumarked Power Lines. Two police officers were killed when their police helicopter struck unmarked power lines owned by PacifiCorp. We represented their families in claims against the power company.
Fatal Southern Pacific Railroad Crossing Collision. Four men died on the way to work when their pickup was hit by a train at an unprotected crossing outside of Eugene. We prosecuted wrongful death claims against the railroad on behalf of the families of the three passengers.
Jones Act — Fisherman’s Arm Crushed. Our client was a jack of all trades — fishing, logging, millwork, bartending, and construction. He was injured while working as a deckhand on a fishing trawler. He was assisting the skipper moor the vessel when his arm was crushed between the vessel and the dock pilings. We settled the claim against the boat owner under the Jones Act, alleging that the skipper was negligent in the manner he docked the vessel.
Collision Between Two Pleasure Boats. Several members of a family were injured when their motorboat was struck broadside by another boat pulling a person on a kneeboard. The driver of the second boat was watching the person kneeboarder and failed to understand the kneeboarder’s frantic hand signals warning of the impending collision.
Free Consultation. If you or a loved one is injured or wrongfully loses their life as the result of an airplane, helicopter, railway, bus or boating accident, call us. The earlier in the process we are contacted, the quicker we are able to assign investigators to your case. Consultation is free and confidential. You have a right to justice.
At Johnson Johnson & Schaller PC, we help people throughout Oregon, including the cities of Eugene, Portland, Springfield, Corvallis, Medford, Salem, Bend, Lincoln City, The Dalles, Roseburg, Albany, Ashland, Florence, Coos Bay, Grants Pass, and Junction City; Benton County, Deschutes County, Jackson County, Josephine County, Lane County, Multnomah County, Washington County, Linn County, Clackamas County, Marion County and Hood River County; the states of California and Washington and throughout Central Oregon, Southern Oregon, the Oregon Coast and the Willamette Valley.