If a truck that belongs to a construction company almost killed me, do I have grounds to sue?

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If a truck that belongs to a construction company almost killed me, do I have grounds to sue?

I was walking to the grocery store when a truck belonging to a construction company came around the corner. The 2 tires on it’s passenger side came off while driving and 1 of them came directly at me. If I had not been as quick on my feet at I was the tire would have hit me and probably killed me. The tire that missed me continued into a parking lot and smashed into 2 cars. I gathered pictures of everything, the name of the company, and the name of the driver. I would think that the irresponsibility of this company to allow a truck so below code would leave me in legal standing for some sort of compensation.

Asked on May 2, 2017 under Personal Injury, Oregon


M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

A personal injury claim begins after a victim is injured and/or suffers property damage caused by another's negligence. To win a personal injury lawsuit, you'll need evidence to support your liability and injury claims. Therefore, unless suffered an injury of some sort, you have no damages to recover and therefore having nothing to sue for. Granted, this was quite an upsetting experience for you but it does not gve rise to an actionable claim.

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