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Portland Personal Injury Lawyer Lectures on Spinal Cord Injuries


Portland personal injury lawyer, Aaron DeShaw, has been invited to speak at the national Auto Crash Litigation 3.0 conference for lawyers.  The conferences, held September 2014 in Chicago, and March 2015 in Las Vegas features several of the nation’s leading auto and trucking accident lawyers including Steven Gursten, Tom Metier, Michael Leizerman, Morgan Adams and more.  DeShaw is the only Oregon lawyer invited to speak at the conferences.

DeShaw, has been asked to lecture on spinal cord injuries and herniated discs – injuries for which he has extensive background due to his history as a Doctor of Chiropractic.  Since his retirement as a doctor in London England in 2000, DeShaw primarily handles legal cases involving brain injuries, neurological injuries including injuries to the spinal cord, catastrophic injuries such as amputations and paraplegia, and wrongful death claims.  DeShaw provides continuing education to both doctors and lawyers nationally on a variety of health care, legal and insurance topics.

In his presentation and his speakers paper, he is covering a variety of topics including traumatic spinal injuries, disc herniations, disc fragments, advanced spinal imaging, traumatic Chiari II Malformation (also known as traumatic tonsilar ectopia), Alar ligament injuries, Transverse Ligament injuries, spinal cord injuries, traumatic syringomyelia, Autonomic Nervous System injuries, Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (“POTS”) and much more. It is this depth of knowledge that DeShaw draws upon when hired to handle traumatic brain injury litigation,  spinal cord injury cases, and other complex traumatic neurological and neurodegenerative condition aggravation cases.

DeShaw has been selected by SuperLawyers as one of Oregon’s top personal injury lawyers.

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Truck Driver Helps in Car Accident – Named TCA Highway Angel

January 18, 2013  |  General, Trucking Accidents  |  No Comments  |  Share

Truck Driver helps in Car Accident





Truck Driver Ronnie Milner



Truck driver Ronnie Milner was named a Truckload Carriers Association Highway Angel yesterday. In September of last year, Milner came upon a sideways car in the middle of the road from an apparent auto accident. The truck driver proceeded to help the elderly couple inside the vehicle until authorities arrived including position his truck so as to protect the elderly occupants from oncoming traffic.

Milner of Valparaiso, Indiana is a truck driver for ABF Freight Systems, Inc. of Fort Smith, Arkansas and has been driving truck since 1989.


Fatal Tour Bus Crash Near Pendelton, Oregon – Deadman’s Pass

December 31, 2012  |  General, Personal Injury, Trucking Accidents  |  No Comments  |  Share

Fatal Tour Bus Crash Near Pendelton

News agencies are reporting that Sunday morning, around 10:30 AM, a tour bus from Vancouver, British Columbia crashed on Interstate 84. The crash occurred near Pendelton, Oregon in the Deadman’s pass area. At this time, 9 people have been killed and 26 more were take to the hospital with a wide range of injuries. When the crash occurred, the tour bus of 40 Canadian passengers was on its way from Las Vagas back to British Columbia.

One of the tragic aspects of this fatal crash is that more often than not, tour bus crashes such as this one are preventable. Motor Carriers of Passengers, such as tour buses like this one, are required by Federal Trucking Regulations to take specific precautions to protect the lives of their passengers in order to avoid tragedies such as this one. One simple rule is traveling at speeds consistent with road conditions.  With the tour bus breaking through the guardrail and careening down some 200 feet down Deadman’s Pass, on an otherwise straight stretch of I-84, it is horribly likely the driver’s speed was merely too fast for the icy conditions.

It will take weeks for authorities to sift through the evidence and black box data to determine the causes of this fatal tour bus crash. While it is no comfort to those who are seriously injured, nor for the families of the passengers killed in this crash, one can only hope the tour bus driver did everything in their power to avoid this fatal crash.

Please remember to drive safely. Icy and snowy conditions can compromise a driver’s ability to keep their vehicle on the road. Simple precautions can reduce your risk of being in a crash this winter. When road conditions worsen, driving with your hands at the 10-2 or 9-3 positions can greatly increase your control of the car. Your grip on the wheel should be firm, but not too firm. If your knuckles turn white you’re gripping too hard. When dangerous and icy conditions demand your full attention, limit distractions such as the radio and even talking to passengers. Not only are the lives of you and your own passengers at great risk, but the lives of others on the roadway as well.

Near Astoria, Log Truck Load Shift Causes Logging Truck Accident

December 14, 2012  |  General, Personal Injury, Trucking Accidents  |  No Comments  |  Share

Log Truck Crash Astoria

Just before 11:30 AM last Sunday, a log truck rollover accident caused the State Police to close Highway 105 South of Astoria for nearly 3 hours. Authorities believe that speed and wet conditions were factors in the accident that led William A. Fletcher to lose control of the loaded log truck when the load of logs shifted. The log truck overturned sending logs across the roadway and into a passenger car driven by Kristina M. Hess of Astoria. Fortunately, the driver of the passenger car was uninjured and even Fletcher, despite his log truck overturning, is believed to have suffered only minor injuries.

Log Trucks in Oregon and Washington

In Oregon and Washington, log trucks are a common sight. Unfortunately this also means logging truck accidents are a more common commercial trucking accident in the Northwest. Speed is often cited by authorities as a factor or potential factor in the cause of overturned log trucks. However, other factors can also contribute such as improper load distribution, overloading of logs, and truck mechanical problems. Rain and wet weather create conditions that increase the likelihood of commercial rollover accidents.

Astoria Log Truck Accident

Proceed With Caution…

As we continue through the dark and rainy months, whether driving a passenger car of commercial truck, be sure to give yourself plenty of stopping distance. Wet weather not only decreases our ability to stop in time, but visibility and maneuverability also suffer. This is especially true for large commercial trucks. While log truck drivers certainly have a role to play in highway safety, having a healthy respect for the challenges truck drivers face on the road can do a lot to protect yourself, and them,from a disastrous accident.

1 in 7 Commercial Trucks Unsafe

November 19, 2012  |  General, Trucking Accidents  |  No Comments  |  Share

Trucking Accidents and brakes | DeShaw Trucking Lawyers

Commercial trucks & busses placed out-of-service for brake concerns

Through targeted inspections, Roadcheck aims to increase compliance and prevent trucking accidents. This September during Brake Safety Week, Roadcheck found one out of seven of 21,255 commercial vehicles inspected had to be placed out-of-service (OOS) due to braking systems that had fallen below safety standards. Granted, this is not necessarily a statistically sound sample of all commercial trucks and buses on the highways in North America, let alone the United States. In fact, in the U.S., approximately 10% of commercial vehicles were placed OOS for braking related concerns. Nonetheless, while slightly better here in the U.S., the findings are still of great concern.

This concern has to do with what causes trucking accidents in the first place. While many factors can combine to cause commercial trucking accidents, brakes are cited as a related factor in 29.4% of all trucking accident crashes.  Despite what is considered high compliance by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA), with brakes implicated in nearly a third of all trucking accidents, even 5% or 10% of noncompliance can lead to deadly consequences.

Roadcheck itself does saves lives. It is estimated that since the program’s inception nearly 220 lives have been saved and 4,045 injuries prevented. However, these collaborative inspections are generally announced months in advance of the “safety week”.  While this functions to give unsafe Semis and buses an opportunity to get their brakes or other systems into compliance, it also serves a latent function.

The advance notice gives fair warning to those truck drivers and trucking companies who skirt the rules. Many commercial trucks that wouldn’t pass are simply pulled out of service during this period, rather than fix their brakes. This suggests that rather than one in seven, the actual number of unsafe commercial trucks and busses that should be out of service (OOS) due to brake issues is much higher.