With the number of major freeways and interstates in and around our area, truck accidents in Portland are a serious concern. In addition to the risks posed by tractor-trailers and other big rigs, crashes and collisions involving box trucks are increasingly common. As more and more businesses rely on these types of commercial vehicles, it is important for motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians to be aware of the risks.
Box Trucks Pose Hazards on Roads in and Around Portland
A recent box truck accident near Portland left a pedestrian with serious injuries. According to a July 12, 2021 sKATU News report, the crash happened at roughly 5:00 a.m. near Brookwood Parkway, on Highway 26 in the Hillsboro area. The victim was walking on the right shoulder of the highway when he was struck by a passing box truck. While the driver fled the scene, police are confident they will make an arrest and plan on filing felony charges.
Unfortunately, box truck accidents in Portland and surrounding communities are becoming more of a regular occurrence. In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that these types of crashes have increased by nearly 20 percent over the past several years. The following are four factors that make box truck accidents more likely to happen:
- There is a general increase in box trucks on the road.
Major carriers, such as UPS, USPS, and FedEx, have long used box trucks in providing services. As home deliveries become increasingly more in demand, smaller companies are also now relying on box trucks to provide customers with products and services.
- Box trucks often have less stringent licensing requirements.
Under Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) guidelines, box trucks often have less stringent licensing requirements. Provided they have a standard braking system and weigh under 26,000, drivers may not need a commercial license.
- Box truck drivers often have less training and experience.
Less stringent licensing requirements mean that companies do not typically require box truck drivers to have formal education or extensive experience before allowing them out on the road. At the same time, box trucks still are bulkier and harder to navigate than other vehicles and have larger blind spots, which create additional risks.
- Box trucks are subject to serious maintenance issues.
While they do not have the same capabilities as big rigs, box trucks do carry heavy loads and face tremendous wear and tear on the road. Brake problems, engine issues, worn-out steering columns, and leaking transmission or other fluids are all common maintenance issues. With a lack of federal regulations, these problems often go uncorrected and can increase truck accident risks.
Reach Out to Us Today for Help
Box truck accidents can leave drivers, bicyclists, and pedestrians suffering serious personal injuries. At the Johnston Law Firm P.C., we help you get the compensation you are entitled to. Request a consultation to discuss your case and call (503) 546-3167 or contact our Portland truck accident attorney online today.