Truck & Aircraft Claims

Truck Accidents

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 truck accident 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 truck accidents and crashes. 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.

Airplane, Train, and Transportation 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.

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.

The attorneys at Johnson Johnson Lucas & Middleton have decades of experience in representing victims of an airplane, helicopter, boat, bus and train crashes, as well as railroad workers in FELA claims and seamen in Jones Act claims. Our accident 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. Contact us today for a free consultation.

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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.

Helicopter Crash Fatality

Helicopters are used widely in modern logging operations, but unfortunately their use comes with a risk of serious injury and death. In one Johnson Johnson Lucas & Middleton case, an Oregon Department of Forestry fire suppression specialist, a passenger in a corporate timber company’s helicopter, was searching for water holes suitable for forest fire fighters to use if needed during the next fire season. The helicopter struck power lines suspended across the Siuslaw River, and both the pilot and our client were killed. Johnson Johnson Lucas & Middleton experts conducted a detailed crash analysis and determined that the cause of the fatal accident was pilot error for which the timber company was liable.

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.

All example cases in this area