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Hit by a Semi-Truck or 18-wheeler? Our Team Has Your Back

While most truck drivers are safe, a personal injury lawyer is the first to tell you that some try to cut corners. And when they do, it can result in some severe injuries. If you were injured in a trucking accident, a trucking accident attorney from Swanson, Lathen, Prestwich, PC is here to help. Located in Salem, our law firm will get you the compensation you deserve so you can get back on your feet.

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Get the Help You Need After a Trucking Accident

Trucking accidents in Oregon are all too common, with roughly 1,100 accidents yearly.

Those accidents can leave you with broken bones, bruises, neck injuries, spinal injuries, and cuts and lacerations. Those lacerations slowly heal in some cases, leading to even more complications. Worse yet, the entire experience can leave you struggling with PTSD and mental health issues.

Because non-fatal truck accidents in Oregon cost around $200,000, there’s no time to lose when getting help.

That’s where hiring a truck accident lawyer comes in. Our legal team can help support you and ensure you get the payout you deserve.

Supporting You No Matter What

With the aid of Swanson, Lathen, Prestwich, PC, you can get the compensation you deserve. Our team backs you up through the entire legal process. Here’s how our trucking accident attorneys work.

Step One

File Your Claim

We start by helping you navigate the insurance claims process. We’ll help you gather the proper documentation and take care of the paperwork so that you don’t have to.

Step Two

Negotiate and Make Counteroffers

Once you’ve filed your claim, your insurance company will return with an offer. Our team will examine the request and make a counteroffer. We’ll negotiate until we get a fair offer from your insurance.

If your insurance won’t provide you with the compensation you deserve, that’s when we’ll go to court. We’ll fight for you to ensure you receive a fair payout for what you went through.

Step Three

Get Compensated

After the legal proceedings, it’s time to see the fruits of your labor. This is when you’ll receive the compensation you deserve to start moving forward after your accident.

Find help from local attorneys who care. Get the strategic legal representation you deserve by reaching out to Swanson, Lathen, Prestwich, PC, and working with a trucking accident attorney.

FAQs About Truck Accident Claims

Getting through a trucking accident lawsuit can be complicated. Here are a few frequently asked questions to make things easier.

Do I need a lawyer to help me after a trucking accident?

The short answer is yes. Although hiring a lawyer is optional, it dramatically improves your chances of securing a settlement. If you don’t hire a lawyer, you may not get as high of a payout, or you may not get compensation at all.

Don’t risk losing out on money that you deserve. Work with one of the lawyers at Swanson, Lathen, Prestwich, PC and get the compensation you need to start moving forward.

What makes a truck accident claim more complicated?

Several different factors can make a truck accident claim more complicated. A few things that could cause difficulties include:

  • The type and extent of your damages
  • The number of parties involved in the accident
  • The complexity of trucking laws and regulations

An experienced trucking accident attorney, such as those from Swanson, Lathen, Prestwich, PC is essential. We’ll help you navigate these complexities so that you can put together a winning case.

When are trucking companies liable for damages from a truck accident?

Even if a truck driver is at fault for an accident, the liability usually falls on the trucking company. This is because the truck driver was operating as an employee of the company at the time of the accident. In some cases, liability may fall to a manufacturer of a faulty truck part or even a government entity or third party for a roadway obstruction.

Should you talk to the trucking company's insurer?

If you were involved in a trucking accident, you should never speak to the trucking company’s insurer. Instead, it’s best to leave the negotiations in the hands of a third party, such as a trucking accident attorney from Swanson, Lathen, Prestwich, PC.

We make sure to handle the negotiations for you. That way, you don’t accidentally say something that could hurt your case later. And you know you’re getting the best possible compensation for your injuries.

What if I have been injured by an unsecured load?

If an unsecured load injured you, the first thing you should do is contact a trucking accident attorney. A seasoned lawyer can help you investigate the case to figure out who’s really at fault.

The truck driver, the trucking company, or another third party could be responsible in these cases. It’s essential to work with a professional to ensure that your claim is properly filed and that the correct party is accountable for the accident.

What if multiple parties were involved in the truck accident?

As if trucking accident claims weren’t complicated enough, things can get extra complex if multiple parties are involved in the accident. In this case, you may be able to hold numerous people liable.

The result could mean a higher payout for you. However, it’s best to speak with a truck accident attorney. Seasoned professionals such as those at Swanson, Lathen, Prestwich, PC have the knowledge and experience to get you the maximum compensation. We’ll help you navigate these multi-layered cases so you don’t leave anything on the table.

Client Reviews

Arthur PorterArthur Porter
19:21 04 Jan 23
I was involved in an accident, and was having difficulties dealing with my insurance company.One of my neighbors recommended me to Brian Lathen, after a very prompt meeting I retained his services.Durring a long and tiring process, the staff at Swanson Lathen and Prestwich made me feel so much more comfortable, and helped greatly in getting through it.Along with now having a trusted lawyer/allie to call if anything unexpectedly happens in the future. I feel like I had made a friend.Thank you.
Mindy MichelleMindy Michelle
21:53 15 Dec 22
Swanson Lathen Prestwich is a Godsend!I was in a terrible car crash, literally caused by another person who admitted fault to the police, to their own insurance, to my insurance and I STILL had to fight for fair compensation. Realizing I needed to get a lawyer involved, an acquaintance recommended Travis Prestwich.After meeting Mr. Prestwich, I was immediately at ease. He was very knowledgeable, kind, welcoming and realistic. I appreciated that he actually listened to me and provided information that helped me get into the right mind frame. Travis was very patient and kind and responded to questions rather quickly. I appreciated his realistic approach and learned quickly that other lawyers, judges and community members, highly respect him; which was a huge sign that he was the right person for my situation!His staff, Carrie Meeker and Jennifer Hiser were equally phenomenal during the process! They were also very kind, empathetic, knowledgeable and responded to inquires in a timely manner and were just wonderful to work with. As odd as this sounds, I really enjoyed talking with them and knew that once my case with over with that I would miss all three of them.When the time came, and I had to go through a settlement hearing, Travis was by my side the whole way through. The unknown always frightens me but he found a way to keep me at ease with his calm demeanor. This review doesn’t even do this trio justice! They are wonderful people and did a phenomenal job on my case.I pray I never have to go through this process again however if I do, Travis will be the very first person I call. I HIGHLY recommend Swanson Lathen Prestwich and Travis Prestwich, Carrie Meeker and Jennifer Hiser!! I wish there were more people out there like them! I give them an A+++
04:43 21 Oct 22
Mr. Prestwich and his entire staff were nothing but kind, supportive and professional through the entire process of helping me with my car accident settlement. The outcome was exactly what I had hoped for and it was all because of the hard work that was done by this office.
Captain MorganCaptain Morgan
13:53 17 Oct 22
Myself and my family have worked with Keith Swanson since the late 80's.Unfortunately when an accident occurs you need to make good decisions.You can't go wrong with Keith.He's an amazing man. Honest, straight forward and well respected in the industry.Not to mention one of the best accident attorneys in the profession.Thank you Keith, and Chris.
Nathan CookNathan Cook
00:34 18 Jan 18
Great Services! Helpful reception. Brian Lathen was great and helped a lot.


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