Auto, Truck & Aircraft Claims

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.

Johnson Johnson Lucas & Middleton has prosecuted cases involving 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 also represented passengers in bus collisions that have caused injury to passengers and occupants of other vehicles, in addition to boat capsizing caused by captain negligence.

Attorneys (left to right) Marilyn Heiken, Scott Lucas and Derek Johnson.

Injury and wrongful death claims resulting from truck collisions comprise a large part of our practice. Truck collisions often require thorough accident reconstruction as well as expert analyses of fleet operations, equipment maintenance, driving policies, and violations of Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations. Our attorneys have handled hundreds of cases resulting from serious accidents and have the expertise and resources to successfully prosecute the most complex of these claims. We have obtained numerous multimillion-dollar recoveries on behalf of our clients. Successful prosecution of truck accident cases can often result in making truck operations and our public highways safer for everyone.

Our attorneys have successfully tried cases with large payouts in Lane, Douglas, Deschutes, Linn and other counties in Oregon as well as Washington. Results obtained by Johnson Johnson Lucas & Middleton include:

  • $2.2 million on behalf of the family of a young girl struck and killed by a beer delivery truck
  • $1.925 million on behalf of a client who suffered serious orthopedic injuries caused by the negligent driver of a dump truck
  • $1.5 million on behalf of a family struck and injured by a truck driver who lost control of his tractor-trailer rig

The attorneys at Johnson Johnson Lucas & Middleton have decades of experience
in representing victims of airplane, helicopter, boat, bus and train crashes, as well as railroad workers in FELA claims and seamen in Jones Act claims. Our attorneys have the expertise and resources necessary to prosecute these often complex claims, and seek justice for those who were injured, or the families left behind.

Our experience:
A few relevant past cases

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.

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.

Fatal Southern Pacific Railroad Crossing Collision

Four men died on the way to work when a train at an unprotected crossing outside of Eugene hit their pickup. We prosecuted wrongful death claims against the railroad on behalf of the families of the three passengers.

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.

All example cases in this area